Strategic Planning

ITStrategic has its name for a reason. Strategic planning is the key to ensure that your business stays in business and competitive in the future. ITStrategic offers strategic planning assistance to ensure that your IT Strategy aligns with your business strategy.

Some questions to ask

If you answered "No" to any of these questions, then your company is missing the benefits of a strong strategy-oriented IT deparment. IT is a support service but it should support the business, not the systems and network.

Why is a consultant the solution?

The right person, internal or external, is the solution. The question should really be, "What are the characterics of a person who can provide the strategic thinking that we need in our organization?" A consultant is only the solution if he or she possesses those characteristics.

Outside consultants are out of the ususal chain of command and can frequently bypass interdepartmental barriers, and are not bound by the "conventional wisdom" or preconceptions that exist in a company. They bring a fresh perspective, and an external opinion can be used to justify change.

What does strategic planning look like?

It's all about your business. It considers where you are, and where you want to go. It looks at what you have, and what you can do with it.

Strategic planning builds on what is known about your business, your industry, and technology to generate your best road through the landscape. You ask, "Where can we go from here, and how do we get there?"

Strategic planning is a multi-tiered and iterative process that can take range from high-level strategic Vision development to examination of day-to-day decisions for their long-term benefit.