IT Strategy: What are the Benefits?
Plenty of history’s luminaries, from Sun Tzu to Jack Welch, have opined over the concept of strategy. But it was football coach Vince Lombardi who perhaps best summed up a team’s hopes of winning without some kind of plan. “Hope is not a strategy.”
The same should be said of your IT environment. Without an informed, proactive plan in place, there’s little chance you’ll develop the infrastructure necessary to keep up with ever-evolving user expectations and accessibility. Developing a strong cyber strategy is the only way to stay up to speed. Here’s how:
- IT should also mean ROI: Having a well-reasoned IT plan built around your specific business goals allows you to maximize the value of your plan. Paying the right IT partner should feel like an investment, not a utility bill.
- Control your capital: What’s the alternative to identifying your upcoming technology needs and budgeting for them beforehand? Having to make costly, reactive purchases when you’re at your most desperate. Failing to plan, in this case, is the worst plan.
- Helps us help you: Having an IT partner that’s familiar with your system provides you with effective and responsive technical support. In other words, you’ll have the help you need, when you need it – sort of like having your doctor’s personal number.
- Find your secret sauce: Perhaps the biggest benefit of a well-planned IT strategy is that it tailors your digital capabilities to your specific business functions. That level of efficiency allows you to establish – and bolster – your competitive advantage.
- Not-so-risky business: A strong strategy means roles are delegated, policies are implemented, and acceptable use is defined for everyone that touches the system. This mitigates breaches, accidents and other catastrophes.Failing to deploy a well-defined IT strategy not only places your company at risk but can keep you from finding advantages your competitors are using. Instead, meet with your IT partner to develop a strategy that will keep you up, running and ahead of the curve. Let your competitors hope they can keep up.