An IT policy is a strategic roadmap that sets out the technology that is going to be crucial in pushing the business forward. It enables a business to take a much broader perspective when it comes to IT needs and to fully integrate all the potential that technology has into driving the company forward towards meeting its 2018 goals. If you don’t have an IT policy ready for 2018 then now is exactly the right time to develop one.
Convert your business from reactive to active
Most businesses today are reactive when it comes to IT. This can be problematic given the reliance that the commercial world now has on technology. Rather than fully engaging with the transformative potential that IT has by making strategic decisions in advance and creating a technology road map, most businesses are stuck in a reactive cycle. Getting out ahead of this has a number of key benefits, including:
- Improving communication between the IT team and management
- Integrating IT concerns into higher level decisions about the business, such as investment and project management
- Enabling strategic business decisions to be informed by IT concerns to produce better results
- Providing for proper allocation of resources to cope with peaks and demand
- Ensuring transparency and traceability on costs
- Introducing a structured way to cope with changes to business needs as they arise
What does an IT policy/strategy look like?
Put simply, it sets out how business strategy and goals will be supported by technology across a defined time period. This could feature a wide range of different elements, including:
- A general statement of the business’ goals over that period of time
- A list of key projects for the business over a specific period of time, including details for each one such as dates, duration and size.
- The strategic decision making behind each of these opportunities – explored in detail for those in the next 12 months and more simply for those after that.
- The costing for each of the events/projects listed, specific and detailed for those in the next 12 months.
- The person responsible for each of the events/projects.
- A list of potential improvement objectives for the business, prioritised in order of importance.
Who benefits from an IT policy/strategy?
Everyone in the business benefits from the clarity and the potential that it has to make processes more efficient and focused on singular goals. From the IT side, it can be used to seek investment from the business in better or alternative systems that could deliver significant improvement or efficiency. It will also enable informed planning and give the IT team the opportunity to start contributing expert insight into wider strategic decisions. For management, it will provide an overview of where the potential bumps in the road are for the business IT, as well as where the chances lie to create more opportunities for the business from better use of IT.
If you don’t currently have an IT policy/strategy in place for 2018 we can help you to create this. Make this New Year the first in which your technology does more to support your overall business goals.