Are you still doing IT Strategies the Old Way?
In our business, regularly we find Technology leaders say that want to innovate; however, when we examine their IT Strategy, we observe two very big hinderances to achieving innovation.
- First – No Innovation in the Plan
- No technologies identified
- No resources to conceive or nor to identify or implement the innovation
- No external confluences from which to draw innovation
- No budget allocated to research or test solutions
- Second – Planning Done in the Same Old Way
- Strategy based on current and past not on the future
- Strategy does not involve pre-vetting with other parts of the organization
- No tools used to capture, track and facilitate the effectiveness of the strategy
- Strategy becomes no more than an IT Spend Plan
When developing and IT Strategy for 2020 and beyond, we recommend a incorporating innovative elements to your IT strategy while not forgetting about some of the best practices of the past. These include:
- Research technology market for innovations specific to your industry
- Collaborate ahead of time with business units that will be impacted by the IT strategy to get ‘buy in’ and some ‘requirements’ for where they would like to go as a business
- Evaluate how effective your previous strategies where with respect to spend plan and use that to guide decisions for the next phase of strategy.