IT Strategy Definition and Business Case

Progress Distribution’s consultants work with clients to help them determine future IT strategy and to build internal business cases for investment. This typically results in creation of a technology road map and medium and long-term investment plans.

Overview

Having a documented and approved IT strategy enables organisations to respond rapidly to changing business requirements. Not only does it allow them to support current and future business needs more effectively, but it also ensures the IT environment is managed, maintained, secured and able to demonstrate value from technology investment.

IT strategy is an iterative process that requires regular review to ensure IT capability is aligned with business strategy. It may include elements such as infrastructure, applications strategy, service management, outsourcing, business continuity and disaster recoverability. While traditionally focused on the data centre, it increasingly encompasses cloud-based services. Today, Progress Distribution’s future state architecture engagements typically also take workspace, mobility and cloud integration into account, with an according emphasis on security and access control.

We work with clients to engage directly with the business, making sure strategic objectives are addressed. Our senior consultants not only understand enterprise environments but are also entirely comfortable with presenting at all levels within the business to an appropriate level of detail. We have carried out many engagements of this type and have a robust and proven methodology.

Business case development

We can provide many examples of where we have been able to help clients build internal business cases, ensuring that IT programmes have board-level sponsorship – with the confidence that the solutions will deliver expected benefits. Taking advantage of new technology can certainly reduce cost and risk to the business, as well as improving efficiencies, and because Progress Distribution is not aligned to any individual vendor or technology approach our independent advice can be invaluable when attempting to secure internal investment.

How does it work?

A baseline, from which any work is measured, is taken as part of the current state assessment (CSA) process. This captures the set up from the physical building to the IT infrastructure.
This leads into the future state definition (FSD) process. In this process we discuss and document, with both IT and the business, to understand their drivers for the future, costs and budgets, plans and expectations.

Detailed planning, costing and budgetary phases are then undertaken at the end of which, a go/no-go assessment of whether the project should proceed is taken.
The project goes into execution and migration phases, after which an assessment is undertaken and the continuous improvement process begins. This finally leads back into the current state assessment process.

Benefits

Provides an accurate assessment of the current IT set up.
Provides a understanding of risks and issues associated with current, or future planned, infrastructure.
Provides a thorough understanding of both business and IT drivers.
Provision of “tried and tested” solutions to help clients manage their estate with a risk-averse approach.