IT Strategy

EAL will work with you to determine and document an IT strategy that will specify the strategic drivers, vision and principles, capability improvements, technology investments, roadmap and delivery plan. The primary purpose of the IT Strategy is to align IT capabilities with the business strategy and requirements. The IT Strategy can be used to communicate agreed objectives and to guide decision-making:

  • Ensuring that the IT budget is spent on value creation activities for the business;
  • Helping to maximise the return on IT investments.

Why Would You Need This Service?

An IT Strategy is important because:

  • A Strategic plan lets us begin with the end in mind;
  • Strategic planning enables delegation of decision making;
  • Allows us to respond to change;
  • Gives us parameters for creative thinking;
  • A way to address shadow IT;
  • A strategic plan helps you communicate your intentions to senior leadership.

A strategic plan is not:

tactical or prescriptive;
A strategic plan is NOT a static document that should never change.

How We Deliver This Service

EAL will use its proven IT strategy framework productTM to provide a well-defined delivery roadmap that can be used to support delivery of both business and IT transformation programme/projects with defined work packages that will seek to modernise key areas of the core technology capability.

This IT strategy service is completed in phases, over an eight to twelve-week period. Our process is highly collaborative and therefore stakeholder involvement throughout is essential.

We can deliver the service directly to the CEO, CIO and/or executive board.

The key areas of focus for the IT Strategy will include validating the business and IT context, developing the business and IT vision and principles, determining the required capability improvements, technology investments and providing a clear set of unambiguous roadmaps and delivery plans.

Deliverables

Phases of service delivery:

Business & IT context: captures the business context along with general and specific strategic drivers and priorities for the exercise; also fixes the scope. Provides an understanding of the current operating model and process;

Assesses and specifies the likely IT trends that are applicable to the client type including recognition for current industry and future industry trends. Defines the IT challenges, IT dependencies, IT risk, IT metrics, current landscape and assessment at a blueprint level across business, data, application, integration, technology and security domains.

Vision & principles: defines the IT strategy on a page, IT mission & goals, IT direction, principles and IT vision.

Capability improvements: defines the required governance, target IT operating model and organisation & resourcing, target architecture, service model, IT process maturity assessment and recommendations.

Technology investment: defines the required changes (using 4 R’s – retain, replace, refresh, retire) to the portfolio across the domains: applications, data, integration, technology infrastructure and security.

Roadmap and delivery plans: provide the detailed roadmaps to deliver the changes in the form of visual roadmaps. Roadmaps include activities and achievements – people/process, activities and achievements – technology investments and a project delivery plan.

Next steps: outlines the key next steps including how the process for IT strategy communication & adoption, organization change management and business case development and an executive presentation of the outputs to senior stakeholders.

Typical Outcomes

The primary purpose of the IT Strategy is to align IT capabilities with the business strategy and requirements. Our clients report that the IT strategies we have developed yield the following outcomes:

  • Ensuring that the IT budget is spent on value creation activities for the business;
  • Helping to maximise the return on IT investments.

Case Studies

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