Tag Strategy4IT

Tag Strategy4IT

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 – http://www.strategy4it.com/it-portfolio-optimisation-art-or-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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Securing Funding for Your Strategy

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We have talked a fair amount about the planning side of building a strategy, but what about the funding?

It is not much use having a wonderful vision without at least some execution capacity, and that means hard cash. Any CIO or Project Manager will know, extracting money from a tight fisted Board with conflicting priorities is never easy, and grandiose plans do not always convince. I believe there are a number of things that you can do to help this process along.

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IT Strategy Development: a Quick Guide

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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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IT Strategy for the SME Sector

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My inspiration for this blog comes from speaking with a contact of mine who is working with the finance area of a medium-sized services company in London. What he told me provides an enlightening view on the craziness that one can so easily find in smaller enterprises when it comes to managing IT solutions.

The company is fairly sizeable with over a hundred people and so has its own financial management software and runs its own email.  Like many companies of a similar size, it has, for all sorts of reasons, its own IT hardware sitting in a small rack in a separate area of their office.  Ask a few simple questions, and it becomes pretty clear that here is a disaster waiting to happen!

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