Developing an IT Strategy
What you'll learn
- Explain the purpose of an IT strategy
- Explain the benefits of an IT strategy in order to justify the time working on it
- Describe the components of an IT strategy and how they relate to a business strategy
- Plan and produce an IT strategy
- Experience of IT departments to be able to describe how the IT department functions
- Exposure of a business or not for profit organisation, from which to deduce business strategy
- Microsoft Office tooling: PowerPoint and Excel
The IT Strategy can seem a challenging deliverable. We know we should have one, but the benefit and content are not always clear.
In this course we set out an approach for developing an IT strategy as a strategic plan and narrative personalised to an organisation. We will hunt down the business strategy. Identify the key parts of the business strategy that will drive the evolution of the IT Function. Aligning IT and the Business.
The strategy must consider the services IT offers, the assets it manages, the engineering approach, alignment to the business, the operating model , the IT resources and budget. For each of these the course explain how to analyses the current state and how the business strategy may be driving changes. This analysis builds out a set of objectives forming the strategic plan and narrative of the IT strategy.
Though not the primary focus of the course we will introduce the concept of Business Capability Modelling, IT Roadmap, Mid Range Plan (Financial Forecasts), and Data Strategy. The IT strategy must often summarise or reference these key strategic assets.
The course proves both techniques and opportunities to practice these through assignments. Worksheets and example answers using Microsoft Office formats are provided.
The course is intended for IT Leaders and those aspiring to these roles. The strategy often falls within the IT Architecture teams responsibilities and the course is very suitable to enterprise architects and other architect roles.
Who this course is for:
- IT Leaders
- IT Architects
- Business Architects
25+ years experience of IT and Data experience across academia and commercial sector. I have worked on embedded systems, global enterprise systems, data warehouses and data lake.
In my day job I lead Data and IT departments' architecture functions. I work with the business to align IT and Data Strategy with the Business Strategy. I work to plan out roadmaps of change to address the business challenges and enable IT and Data initiatives to be treated as an investment for return.
In my off hours, I work as a hobby developer working on embedded IoT technologies. Some of my projects have included smart clocks, a clock that looks like a slot machine, pan and tilt security cameras, and hexapod robots. I primarily develop around the Raspberry PI and Raspberry PICO (RP2040) hardware devices with cloud services from AWS. I develop in a number of languages include C, C++. Java, Python, and Node.
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