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4 Questions to Gut Check Your IT Strategy

It may be tempting to dive headfirst into implementing your IT strategy, but it is really beneficial to take a step back and analyze the situation before you begin. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray suggests a few questions to ask yourself about your strategy before you begin executing it:

  1. Does your strategy encompass too much?
  2. Is this strategy relevant to the business?
  3. Is IT the right team to implement this strategy?
  4. Is the strategy actually strategic?

Technology is seemingly overtaking the world with everything from a mobile device to an autonomous vehicle. It can be alluring to want your IT strategy to encompass all of these technologies, but this may actually create an executed strategy that does very little. A better approach is to rank them in importance and schedule them, rather than risking half-complete initiatives.

If the strategy was developed outside of stakeholders, it is time to bring them in and illustrate to them the strategy. A simple meeting will bring the stakeholders on board so they will lend you support, but it may also help to clarify the strategy itself.

In today’s business world, there are many people who have the ability to do things that were once reserved solely for IT. Perhaps this strategy is better suited for a different department that has more capabilities and a better reputation. This is not a slam on IT; it is simply that the strategy may have a better chance for success with someone different.

One of the great fears for IT leaders is irrelevancy, and one of the greatest reasons for this is that leaders fail to connect the strategy with the business objectives. An update may seem exciting to you, but if you cannot express to your organization why this is a great thing, it will never become reality.

You can read the original article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/4-questions-to-gut-check-your-it-strategy/

About Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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