Technology Strategy Truly Supporting Your Business Needs?
Upgrading IT systems in a timely manner isn’t the same as having a true technology roadmap for the future. See how you can leverage IT strategy to help grow your business.
Is your business technology fully aligned with your corporate strategy, or is it truly a part of what defines your organizational success? For decades, IT teams have been brought in at the end of strategic planning cycles to help determine how to implement the business strategies that were already defined. With the digital transformation of business in general, it’s much more appropriate for technology teams to have a seat at the table when corporate strategies are being defined — and even to have a highly-visible role in driving the strategic direction of the organization. From empowering the organization to reach greater heights of efficiency to providing the secure base of operations, creating a cohesive technology strategy has never been more important to the success of your business.
The Shifting Role of the CIO
Far from being stagnant, the role of the CIO is an ever-shifting landscape that could include everything from data privacy, security and compliance to infrastructure and telecommunications implementations. As IT leaders mature into their roles as true leaders of the organization, it’s not unusual to find that the individuals in these positions may need added support to reach peak effectiveness. The qualities and knowledge that made an exceptional IT Director may be a different skill set than that needed for today’s digitally-focused businesses. A solid understanding of business goals and objectives as well as the ability to adequately communicate the value proposition of technology recommendations may leave current IT leaders feeling a bit out of their depth. This can lead to organizations that do not undertake necessary upgrades or overlook recommendations due to business leaders not being able to quantify the organizational benefits.
Benefits of a Proactive Role for IT in Strategic Planning
Nearly all IT leaders have been stymied when they are asked to solve a difficult business problem that cropped up in a partially-completed project. Once you dig into the issue, remediation can be expensive and time-consuming, leaving business teams feeling as though IT was a roadblock in their process. Unfortunately, the opposite is true — technology teams that are brought into a project or strategy early are often able to identify potential challenges and determine the scope required to navigate the challenges. The same is true of corporate strategy, with technology teams contributing their in-depth knowledge of the industry and upcoming advances to business teams where enhanced collaboration allows for a more balanced result for the business.
When IT takes a proactive role in strategic planning:
- Small to mid-size businesses often gain the agility to more quickly adapt to changes in the marketplace
- Systems and software are recommended for optimization before they become a distraction to the business
- There’s a greater focus on the long-term efficiency of the business, instead of on short-sighted solutions that may cost the business more over time
- Technology budgets are more likely to be accurate
- Innovation is more likely to surface, as teams openly communicate about the opportunities for business system enhancement
- Key IT staff members are more engaged and involved, feeling as though they’re able to contribute to the future success of the organization
- Potential project setbacks are actively explored, providing more balanced solutions that can be implemented over time
While it’s impossible to address every possibility in advance, having your technology team involved in creating your business-wide strategy helps ensure that your infrastructure and solutions will truly deliver value to the organization.
Your technology strategy is meant to morph as your business grows and evolves, but it can be difficult for internal teams to visualize the breadth of possibilities available in the marketplace. At CIO Advise, we work with a wide range of business verticals and are able to leverage our knowledge of core IT infrastructure and strategy to support the growing needs of your business. Contact us today at 833-CIO-ADVS for more information or to request your complimentary initial consultation. Our team will listen closely to the needs of your business and help define a strategic roadmap that provides the technology services that you will need in the future while managing the risk and expenses for your organization.