IT Strategic Planning

IT Strategic Planning

 

AiM has a track record in delivering IT strategies to a wide range of organisations and business sectors whereby we use the strategic planning overview as part of our assessment stages.

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IT Strategic Planning

The below three points prior to beginning your strategic planning should be considered:

  • Purpose: you need to identify and highlight the purpose of the strategy and who is your audience. The audience would be the primary target of the strategy, and the other key business stakeholders.
  • Scope: you need to identify what the strategy will cover in terms of time periods, functional areas and the business units.
  • Process: finally, you need to determine how much of your key stakeholders' time will be utilised up-front, as well as understanding the period your strategy will be undertaken in.

 

 

IT Strategic Planning Key Overview:

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Strategic planning translates the enterprise vision and mission into how resources, including IT’s capabilities, are deployed to generate maximum value to the stakeholders.

Taking a top down approach to our engagement, we firstly obtain the aspiration of the senior team to understand their direction of travel as well as understanding their vision and mission statement for change.

AiM uses a structured approach when planning for an organisation's IT strategy, which includes:

 

Analysis of information

We clarify the business context — how the business does and will win. We determine how the IT organisation can clarify the purpose and scope of the IT strategy in light of the business's vision, mission and value proposition.

Benchmark and Model

We compare business and IT performance against an industry standard, and then we determine areas of risk and potential opportunities.

Develop Governance

We develop processes and policies, including principles, financial management and metrics, for making the strategy come to life.

Drive Change Management

We then determine how best to create a group-level strategy, which can address the needs of the enterprise and all business units. We then formulate a process to transition individuals, teams and organisations from the current state to the desired, future strategic state.

Monitor and Assess

We finally observe and evaluate the financial management mechanisms and the business success metrics to make adjustments that will improve business outcomes.

 

Traditionally, the outcomes of an IT strategy would be delivered through a business transformation programme to ensure the business outcomes are delivered against plan, timescales and budget, whilst ensuring the key stakeholders obtain the maximum value stated with the IT strategy.

 

AiM has had large success in delivering large business transformation programme which can be found in our case study area.

 

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