Build an IT Strategy for the Small Enterprise

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Without a defined strategy, IT departments:

  • Don’t take a systematic approach to proactively improving the customer experience.
  • Focus on IT initiatives and services that don’t align with organizational priorities.
  • Fail to invest in projects that would deliver the most value to the organization.
  • Lack understanding of management requirements, which can result in a deficit of relevant data.
  • Can have strained relations with the business.

With a defined strategy, IT departments:

  • Focus on products that align with user and customer needs.
  • Minimize project time and costs.
  • Reduce rework by understanding what the business is looking for the first time.
  • Improve their relationship with the business.
  • Demonstrate the value of IT.

Module 1: Assess the Current State of IT

The Purpose

  • Make the case to garner support for the project.
  • Run diagnostics to gather relevant data.
  • Determine IT maturity to establish next steps.
  • Perform SWOT and PEST analyses.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Focus your efforts on the most important challenges and opportunities.
  • Improve alignment and credibility with business units.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Assess the results of the CIO Business Vision diagnostic
  • An assessment of how the organization perceives IT
1.2 Review the result of the Management and Governance diagnostic
  • A prioritized list of core IT processes that need attention
1.3 Priortize projects that matter most to the business
  • Schedule of projects and relevant success metrics
1.4 Perform a SWOT analysis for the business
  • An understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats specific for the organization as a whole
1.5 Perform IT SWOT analysis
  • An understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats specific specific to the IT Department and team
1.6 Perform a PESTLE analysis
  • An understanding of the environmental factors that affect corporate strategy

Module 2: Design the Target State of IT

The Purpose

  • Complete a goals cascade.
  • Assess risks and dependencies.
  • Create the strategic roadmap.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Align IT initiatives with corporate goals.
  • Anticipate opportunities and challenges.
  • Structure next steps.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Identify organizational goals
  • A list of strategic goals
2.2 Define business capabilities
  • A list of expertise the business needs to perform its core function
2.3 Identify business programs
  • A list of programs the business needs to develop the right capabilities
2.4 Conduct a business needs analysis
  • Requirements for new or existing IT solutions that support business programs
2.5 Map IT solutions to business programs
  • A list of IT solutions that meet business program requirements
2.6 Determine implementation priorities
  • A prioritized list of IT solutions
2.7 Assess risks and dependencies
  • A list of high level risks that could impact proposed IT solutions
2.8 Build the strategic roadmap
  • A finalized strategic roadmap for IT

Module 3: Communicate the IT Strategy

The Purpose

  • Create a communication plan.
  • Produce an IT strategy refresh plan.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identify your audience and key messages.
  • Know when to revisit the IT strategy.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Identify when and where communication must take place
  • A list of key stakeholders and relevant key messages
3.2 Put together a refresh plan for the IT strategy
  • A schedule for revisiting the IT strategy

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