The Nuts & Bolts of an IT Strategy

IT – one of the most dreaded, painful abbreviations to average office workers everywhere.

If left to their own devices, glitches, bugs, and errors can become office plagues in no time. Oftentimes, workers won’t feel as though it’s their responsibility or place to deal with anything of the sort. That’s where the IT Strategy comes in. Comprehensive IT strategies take time and effort to maintain and develop, but if done correctly, they can have a huge impact on a company’s output and efficiency. Here’s a broad overview on how to adopt a plan to fit your needs.

 

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The Planning Process

It all starts here. Most businesses tend to look at short-term IT solutions, though slapping a bandage on a bullet wound can only do so much. It’s important to think about how these decisions will affect your long-term business health in terms of cost, quality, identification, development, and goals.

Rolling It Out

Identifying the organizational changes that your IT strategy will bring with it is a primary concern. That, and actually putting those changes in place. Will you be outsourcing? Will you be hiring additional employees to take on the load? Will it be spread across the business?

Getting your employees on the same page in terms of responsibilities, communication, and the ability to fulfill their new duties is no small task. The processes you put in place to implement these changes are the most important part. If done incorrectly, everything can and will fall apart.

What’s The Outcome?

Take some time to see how the changes have impacted your business. Did everything go according to plan? Was it better than expected? Worse?

Consider making minor tweaks and adjustments to make your plan run more smoothly. You may not get to where you wanted to be initially, but that doesn’t mean you should stop trying, as long as you aren’t overhauling everything on a yearly basis.

Restart the Cycle

In the end, everything comes full circle. Once you’ve gotten 3-5 years down the road, it’s time to revamp. Taking what you’ve learned from the prior strategy, begin the process of planning out a new IT strategy. This version should contain all the positive elements of the prior strategy while eliminating all of the negatives you’ve experienced.