Technology has become indelibly embedded in all our lives. In the business environment technology has progressed from being a useful tool and an enabler to being the bedrock of operations and market interaction. Most organisation’s operations and resilience are totally dependent on their information and communications infrastructure.
An information and communications technology strategy is essential to ensuring that current and future business plans and requirement can be met. Without this an organisation can not plan its own future and is very likely to arrive at a point where its technology capabilities are very different to its actual technology requirements. There are many documented instances where such a scenario has caused the failure of the business.
Without a considered and active ICT strategy an organisation can only react to requirements and make spontaneous decisions based on limited factors, this results in disconnected and often incompatible technology solutions. This is not only a highly ineffective way of doing things, it can also be very costly.
An IT Strategy should always be driven by business requirements and future plans, unless these are aligned the strategy is no more than guesswork.
Many organisation steer clear of developing a strategy, it can be seem as too much work or maybe just not deemed very important. Of course it does involve work, most worthwhile business activities do. If the outcome had a certainty of saving time, money, and frustrations longer term that would probably make people think differently. Its very likely that the exercise will produce these benefits and possibly also provide much needed competitive advantage as an added benefit.
If your organisation does not know how to approach this you should seriously consider finding somebody with the necessary experience to help you. It does not need to be a massive exercise and it is something that you can easily outsource.