It’s easy for an initially clear, focused technology project to wind up off track some point down the line. This can happen when the technology itself starts to lose its value in the eyes of the business, meaning something went wrong with strategy. In an article for InformationWeek, Andrew Froehlich identifies some signs your strategy is off track and how you can put it back on course:
- Emerging technologies aren’t as emerging as you thought.
- The business adopted the wrong development or deployment strategy.
- There is little end-user interest in IT projects.
- The business pivoted.
Getting Your Strategy Back on Track
Navigating the new and emerging technology that pops up is one of the more difficult aspects of IT. They promise solutions to your problems, but not all of them are able to fully deliver on their promises yet. The tech is there; it just hasn’t fully matured to suit your business needs yet. Big data and Internet of Things are serving up some examples of this issue. Maintaining good communication between IT architects and projects managers is a good way to make sure you aren’t chasing any tech that may not be up to snuff.
Froehlich also notes how the development or deployment strategy needs to be fully realized in order for strategy to stay on track:
There are also situations where the technology is ready for production use, yet the blueprint to develop and/or deploy the technology is less than ideal. Signs of this include unanticipated costs, a lack of technical expertise and no true strategy when it comes to ongoing maintenance and support. In many situations, problems arise when you underestimate the capabilities of the in-house IT infrastructure, as well as the strengths of IT staff. If you’re facing any of these challenges while attempting to deploy a project in-house, it may be a sign that you need to engage with a third-party provider who can assist.
Another problem that you need to tackle is the lack of end-user interest in IT projects. Shadow IT solutions sometimes make it easy for users not to care about your project, but you must find a way to connect with those people and convince them to use sanctioned solutions. Again, continuous communication with end-users (paired with some marketing) is how you will succeed.
The final sign that Froehlich points out is that the business may pivot, forcing some projects to shift their focus and others to become obsolete altogether. Sometimes this just cannot be helped. If such an event should occur, you should realign your goals to the new direction that the business is going in and work from there.
You can view the original article here: http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/it-strategy/4-signs-your-it-strategy-is-off-track/a/d-id/1329486