Game of CIOs – Thou shall plan carefully or lose thy head!

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As you might have noticed, the first episode of Game of Throne’s new season was released by HBO. You have probably been as excited as million of other fans and have eagerly awaited the start.

HBO was probably excited as well but ruined the fun for some of its users. HBO GO, the streaming platform, crashed during the release and none of its users where able to watch their long anticipated show. Read More

12 Steps to an Effective IT Strategy

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There is no magic formula for creating an effective IT strategy, and the process can sometimes be long and seemingly never-ending without solid and experienced advice. There are a number of over-arching guiding steps and processes that can be applied to create one for a firm.  Working as and with consultants for many years I have managed to refine the key principles into 12 steps that provide method, focus and structure to delivering an effective strategy. Using this experience we have been able to create a template for IT strategy and use it in real world case studies to deliver effective decisions on strategy.

Our sister blog at boasts three articles about this twelve step process. I hope to impart useful information in these posts with regards to IT Strategy, and if you have any feedback or comments we always appreciate it at cibsys and Strategy4it.

IT Strategy and User Behaviour – Matching the User Agenda

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Are you using you IT strategy to set your user behaviour?  Or are they setting yours?

As I was discussing in the blog entry here last week, a good CIO will use his IT strategy not just for tool and service selection but to guide cajole and generally point his users towards better IT usage.  A good IT strategy is holistic and will incorporate processes and usage, not just the technology and applications used.

IT Portfolio Optimisation – Art or Science?

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With the recent new release of our Strategy4IT IT assessment tool I was discussing with colleagues whether you can scientifically optimise an IT portfolio.  The article on my sister blog goes into more detail about how IT organisation can be considered an art or a science –

So science or art? – Strategy is both – scientific data gathering followed by artistic interpenetration to decide the way forward.

A New Version of Strategy4IT is Available

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Cost Heat map Strategy4ITAs we welcome in 2013 we are pleased to announce that a new version of our IT strategy tool Strategy4IT is available, following its success in 2012. 

The new release comprises several new features:

  1.  See the benefit of our cost heatmaps, which show you clearly on one page where your biggest expenditure lies in simple colour coding.
  2.  Explore our rich user manual, assisting users through every step of the process.
  3. Improved workflow allowing easy navigation through the reporting process
  4. Bus fixes and improvements as suggested by our users

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Budget Season – The Same Procedure as Every Year?

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Many many institutions large and small return from the summer break to a frantic quarter looking at the budget for the following year. Sometimes I am stunned at how unprepared departments and managers are for this annual event.

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Procrastination is Not a Strategy

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I was avoiding writing my next blog post, by doing anything except concentrating on the job in hand when I came across this interesting article on the BBC website. So, what has that got to do with strategy decisions and implementation? In this case, I guess it comes back to pro-actively setting aside time to focus on doing what, at times, can feel like an extra task that no one needs. As I have discussed previously, your business can drift without a strategy for a while. In the short term, it will probably be fine just to patch up the holes and fire-fight any major issues.Deep down though, you know as well as I do, that time and tide waits for no man (or woman for that matter), and that something will eventually have to be done about the ancient servers, the underused data centre and the ancient operating systems on the employees’ desktops.  

How Do Your Systems Bricks Align?

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Here we go with another organisational analogy, this time, visualising your organisation as being a house made of LEGO.

Typically, there should be large rectangular bricks underlying the business structure as a foundation. The finance systems for example, the payroll, and even the IT infrastructure services, can be visualised as long oblong bricks at the bottom of the value chain, the structure upon which the rest is built. However, it is amazing how often this structure is full of gaps, holes and misalignments. These problems lie in various sections of the business, whether specific locations, parts of the process, or product areas. Naturally, without a solid underpinning foundation, the business will have issues. Like a child building a LEGO house without looking at the instructions, the result may be rather shaky if not collapse entirely. Do you know whether or not your business structure has a solid foundation?

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