16th November 2023
I.T. companies regularly talk about the importance of an I.T. strategy for your business but what does this actually entail and why does your company need it?
What is an I.T. strategy?
A comprehensive plan that’s created to understand and outline how your organisation intends to utilise your existing tech and ensure it aligns with your business objectives. The specific components of your I.T. strategy will differ depending on your organisation’s size, industry, and goals.
What is typically included in an I.T. Strategy?
Vision and Objectives
Start by defining the vision and high-level objectives that I.T. aims to achieve. This sets the direction and purpose of I.T. within your organisation.
Current State Assessment
A thorough evaluation of your existing I.T. is conducted to understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This assessment helps identify areas that need improvement or require strategic attention.
Your strategy should include a roadmap that outlines the initiatives, projects, and actions required to bridge the gap between your current and future I.T. The roadmap will provide a timeline and prioritisation of I.T. projects.
I.T. Investments and Budgeting
Address the financial aspects of I.T., including budgeting, and investment priorities. It ensures that all your investments are aligned with business priorities and provides a return on investment.
Security and Risk Management
Part of your strategy will detail a framework for managing I.T. risks and ensuring data security is protected. It defines the policies, procedures, and controls to safeguard the organisation’s data and information.
Why is an I.T. strategy important?
The main objective of an I.T. strategy is to optimise the I.T. that already exists in your business and use this to its fullest potential. This can then ensure your tech is a cut above the rest whilst offering cost savings by optimising the tools already available to you. An example of this is the use of Microsoft Office 365. By working out your day-to-day workflow and which Microsoft tools are a good fit, you can save on 3rd party software and instead optimise software that is already part of your Microsoft subscription.
By identifying areas for improvement, streamlining processes, and leveraging technology solutions, your I.T. strategy can also enhance operational efficiency which in turn will drive cost savings. A well-defined strategy will also optimise resources allowing your business to grow through efficiency.
An I.T. strategy for accelerating business
The elements of your strategy and results may vary depending on your needs. However, it provides a guide for developing an I.T. strategy that aligns your technology with business goals and drives your company to accelerated success.
Enhanced can work with you to develop a comprehensive plan that gives your business a robust I.T. strategy that aligns your tech with your business goals to further drive success and growth. Get in touch with an Enhanced expert today to start your strategy on 01202 308000.