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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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Aligning Business and IT Strategy

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photo credit: anneh632 via photopin cc

Recent surveys suggest that business strategy and success is increasingly being underpinned by a successful IT strategy.  I have suggested many times on this blog ways and means to achieve an effective understanding of an IT strategy and landscape, but how do you assure your IT strategy is aligned to your business strategy?

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10 Things to Think About for Your Data Centre Strategy

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photo credit: torkildr via photopin cc

Working with a mixture of companies of all sizes I have seen everything from the demands of the immediate fail-over always on, fault tolerant architectures of the real time trading businesses to one mid-sized client who had the servers in a cupboard at the office and regularly used to lose their systems when the cleaners unplugged them to vacuum the floor (and I am not joking!)

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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.  

IT Strategy Development: a Quick Guide

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photo credit: DoNotLick via photopin cc

In my previous blog entry, I discussed the need to make time for creating an IT strategy. I have also discussed the need for balance between free, unstructured thinking, and structured analysis. Brainstorming all the possible approaches is a great start, but how should you structure these thoughts into a workable plan with measurable results?

Clearly, in a short blog post it is impossible to set out all the detailed methods that can be used to drive a strategy but I hope this is a useful overview for non-practitioners and a useful reminder to the strategists amongst readers.

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