Strategic Planning around an organisation’s Information Technology is recognised as an important process to set the direction and objectives of how your organisation will use technology to help deliver the overall goals of the enterprise. The strategic plan will also outline the resources required to meet these objectives and should be driven by business need not by the technology in isolation.
In the Strategic Planning section of this web site, it was highlighted that strategic plans should ensure business drives the investment in IT, not the other way around. Having the correct governance in place for your IT will provide the framework for delivering IT that supports your business. The way then to ensure you have good governance in place, is to have strong, consistent and clear polices related to your IT assets, use and support.
Many organisations are frustrated to some degree with the outcomes delivered by and using IT. Regular assessment of the performance of your IT functions, systems and assets will ensure you are optimizing your investment in technology. By reviewing how technology is being applied in your enterprise, you will be able to identify weakness and gaps that are holding back the efficiency of the organisation.
The Internet of Things is probably the most publicized issue currently developing in the Information Technology space. Simplistically it involves the ability for everyday equipment, devices and infrastructure to communicate across the Internet to anywhere in the world. From this huge volumes of information are collected, which can be used to improve the efficiency of how these assets are used or allow previously unthought-of decision making based on the information collected. In many ways, IoT is still in its infancy, but it is coming and it will affect your organisation in many ways.