Build a Strategic Infrastructure Roadmap

Building a strategic infrastructure roadmap is a business-driven exercise, not just a technical one.

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Top challenges reported by Info-Tech members:

  • Lack of strategic direction – Infrastructure leadership must discover the business goals.
  • Time seepage – Project time is constantly being tracked incorrectly.
  • Technical debt – Aging equipment is not proactively cycled out with newer enabling technologies.

By following Info-Tech’s approach you will:

  • Be able to align your strategy and goals.
  • Envision your future state and analyze business constraints.
  • Establish a risk framework, identify initiatives, and build your strategic infrastructure roadmap.
  • Communicate the results of your hard work to the right people and establish the groundwork for continual improvement of the process.

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Module 1: Pre-Workshop: Elicit Business Context

The Purpose

  • Understand the business goals to align with IT goals.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Have a clear understanding of business priorities.
  • Align vision and mission.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Complete recommended diagnostic programs.
  • SWOT analysis of current state
1.2 Interview key business stakeholders, as needed, to identify business context: business goals, initiatives, and the organization’s mission and vision.
  • Goals cascade
1.3 (Optional) CIO to compile and prioritize IT success stories.
  • Persona analysis

Module 2: Align Strategy and Goals

The Purpose

  • Develop the infrastructure strategy.
  • Define your goals.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Create a vision and mission statement.
  • Create a list of goals to achieve.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Review/validate the business context.
2.2 Construct your mission and vision statements.
  • Vision statement, mission statement, and guiding principles
2.3 Elicit your guiding principles and finalize IT strategy scope.
2.4 Intake identification and analysis.
2.5 Survey results analysis.
2.6 Brainstorm goals.
  • List of goals
2.7 Perform goal association and analysis.

Module 3: Envision Future and Analyze Constraints

The Purpose

  • Define your future state and analyze your constraints.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Have a clear understanding of what can prevent you from being successful in building your roadmap.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Conduct an emerging technology discussion.
3.2 Document desired future state.
3.3 Develop a new technology identification process.
3.4 Compete SWOT analysis.
3.5 Perform a historical spend analysis.
  • Spend analysis document
3.6 Conduct a time study.
  • Domain time study
3.7 Identify roadblocks.
  • Prioritized list of roadblocks

Module 4: Align and Build the Roadmap

The Purpose

  • Drive business alignment.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identify platforms that have higher business and IT risk and prioritize initiatives.
  • Create roadmaps for both the short and long term that are aligned to your goals.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Develop a risk framework.
  • IT and business risk frameworks
4.2 Evaluate technical debt.
  • Technical debt assessment
4.3 Build effective initiative templates.
4.4 Visualize.
  • New technology analysis
4.5 Generate new initiatives.
  • Initiative templates
4.6 Repatriate shadow IT initiatives.
4.7 Finalize initiative candidates.
  • List of initiative candidates

Module 5: Communicate and Improve the Process

The Purpose

  • Communicate and present C-suite presentation on your roadmap.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Complete a visual representation of your roadmap and a strategy of when to communicate and what.

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Identify required authors and target audiences.
  • Roadmap visualization
5.2 Plan the process.
  • Process schedule
5.3 Identify supporters and blockers.
  • Communications strategy
5.4 Evaluate the value of each process output.
  • Process map
5.5 Brainstorm improvements.
5.6 Set realistic measures.
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