The COVID19 pandemic suddenly put partnerships around the world to the test. Some organizations are closed, while others may choose to change their procedures (and their management and projects) to adapt to the new, uncertain and constant development environment. With the advancement of technologies like Zoom, the world continues to advance and representatives and customers of all companies have adopted another method of cooperation. Like the organization's plan for 2021, innovation is not currently an outdated idea or something entrusted to the IT office. To thrive in the new year and past, the association must establish strong IT procedures to support and empower business objectives.
It's not uncommon for companies to never have formulated an IT strategy. Therefore, when formulating an IT strategy, it is important to remember that technology exists to support the business, it is not just technology for the sake of technology. Developing a strategy is the best way to understand the opportunities, risks, and gaps that exist today and to develop a plan that aligns IT with business goals and needs. When developing an IT strategy, keep the following in mind.
1. Know your business objectives before defining your IT strategy
Start with business goals. Where is your business today? Where do you want to go? What trends will affect your business? Clearly defined business objectives or strategic plans provide the foundation for a sound IT strategy.
2. Understand the trends affecting your industry
Understanding the trends and drivers that contribute to growth, competitive advantage, efficiency, and customer experience is critical to your business strategy and IT strategy. In recent years, many industries have been affected and technology will continue to change the way we live and work. Has your business been disrupted and, if so, have you considered how to take advantage of the disruption?
If your IT strategy is inflexible or does not allow you to adapt to new trends, your ability to resort to or accept change will be more difficult.
3. There is no such thing as an IT project
For business reasons, all items are necessary. Projects may contain a large number of IT components, but this does not mean that they are "IT projects." When a project is defined as a business plan rather than an IT project, it provides opportunities for better collaboration between departments and often improves work results. The business plan supports the company's overall goals and drives intentional business changes. Business leaders must play an active role in IT and establish a culture of collaboration between IT and other business units.
4. Engage a strategic, unbiased third party
While it is possible to develop an IT strategy in-house, hiring an unbiased third party to direct the work has great benefits. Although internal teams may understand your IT product portfolio, third parties may see high-level views and loopholes that internal teams may overlook. An independent strategic company that has no connection to any particular hardware or software vendor will bring valuable, unbiased perspective to ensure that your IT strategy is grounded in the overall vision of your business and industry, while having executive leadership. and internal. IT teamwork. They can also help identify and establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to track the organization's progress in achieving goals.
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