Strategic IT Planning Transforms Business Challenges Into Successful Growth

Strategic IT planning makes all the difference between experiencing disruptive changes or seamless growth.

The planning process stems from a comprehensive business needs assessment

  • Are you expanding into new markets?
  • Are you opening new offices in remote locations?
  • Are you encountering new IT governance and compliance requirements?

These new business needs drive your technology requirements; whether it's upgrading existing technology or introducing new ones and ultimately, they drive your budget process. Your company's IT solutions should be cost-effective enough to work today, and scalable enough to handle new employees, new locations, and new business challenges as you grow.

Elements of Successful IT Planning

The best IT plan looks at the effects of the proposed technology solutions and their impact on three core elements:

1. The Current IT Infrastructure
Deploying new IT solutions frequently requires upgrading complementary IT infrastructure. For example, in most cases involving larger businesses, implementing server virtualization is usually accompanied by deploying a Storage Area Network (SAN).
2. The User Community
Getting the full benefit of a new technology often depends on ensuring the user community is fully trained and motivated to go through the upgrade process. Migrating a traditional file share environment to Microsoft SharePoint Server succeeds best when trial users receive adequate training and support to become evangelists themselves.
3. The IT Support Team
Justifying quick and complete return on investment (ROI) with any new technology upgrade is necessary. This justification depends on ensuring the cost of ongoing maintenance and administration is recovered through significant business process and workflow improvements. Training current IT support staff or hiring new resources to provide self-sustaining administration eliminates the need for more expensive outsourced support.

Strategic IT planning delivers the most value when the three core elements are phased in over time:

In the world of information technology, change is constant. Hence, it is important to review the plan on a regular basis to measure progress against its stated goals. For example, implementing server virtualization using VMware technology might be a listed goal, but innovation one or two years later may allow you to consider alternatives such as Microsoft Windows Server virtualization with Hyper-V.

Lanlogic Makes IT Planning a Tool for Success

As the complexity and scale of your IT environment increases, so does the importance of IT planning. Combining this with the pace of innovation requires working with an experienced and collaborative team of professionals you can depend on to drive the process. To deliver the kind of IT plan that ensures success, Lanlogic integrates people, processes and technology.

There are many reasons to embark on the development of an IT plan; however, there is only one way to do it right.