Recognising that there is no one standard way to develop an IT Strategy is critical for an organisation wishing to realise the full benefits of technology-led change. As such, any strategy should be tailored to the needs of the client, its aspirations and challenges, IT maturity and capability. Above all, it needs to be pragmatic and achievable.
IT Strategy development often requires a complex, high-profile engagement where a solid grasp of the client’s business operations and business drivers, along with in-depth knowledge of emerging technologies, is needed. We strongly believe in involving the business throughout the journey in order to dilute this complexity and provide traceability of the strategy’s development; ultimately, senior management and key stakeholders need to be assured that time and money is invested into the right choices for the organisation as a whole and this needs to start from the onset of the engagement.
ASE works with the business and the IT leadership to understand the problem statement which the business strategy is addressing, and to develop a shared vision of the IT response to that problem.
Any strategy needs to:
- Be relatively short and easy for anybody in the business to understand;
- Have a clear articulation of the benefits expected;
- Give a clear view of what is needed but not how;
- Demonstrate achievability, usually through a phased approach; and
- Be flexible enough to accommodate changes as the business changes.
We also believe that an IT Strategy should not just be a document that is simply left with the client to implement. We work with the business to formalise roadmaps and plans for change, including the cultural and operational enhancements needed to enable realisation of the strategy. If we are needed to help translate strategy into change, then our consultants are perfectly placed to do so.
ASE has experience of the development of IT Strategy across a wide range of organisations from small to very large. Our consultants are able to bring their experience and industry knowledge to new areas of business and to provide realistic as well as innovative approaches to future delivery.