The Winchester Services Group

Consultants to Management for Information Technology

Assessing IT Strengths and Weaknesses
Developing an IT Strategy and Plan
Establishing the IT Project Office
Turning Around an Ineffective IT Function
Measuring and Managing IT Performance
Providing  Interim CIO  Services
Creating the CIO Dashboard
Establishing the IT Marketing Function
Ensuring Effective IT Governance
Deriving value from contracting and Outsourcing

Success Story - Setting the IT Direction



  Client:  Pharmaceutical Manufacturer  
  Project:  IT Assessment, Architecture and Plan


  The Sales and Marketing organization of a major biotechnology firm was interested in developing an Information Technology strategy, architecture and migration plan.  The effort consisted of tasks to develop a plan for aligning IT staff and IT projects with business needs.  The project consisted of the following subtasks:
Business Vision and Direction:  Conduct workshops to understand the business drivers and to project and define what the organization will look like in the future.
IT Assessment and Benchmark:  Perform an assessment of the current use of IT including: spending, applications, organization and controls, technical skills, user awareness and attitude.
IT Vision and Strategy:  Conduct workshops to determine Sales' and Marketing's vision concerning how IT could support the organizations' business objectives.
Business Case:  Based on the size of the gap observed between the IT Assessment and the IT Vision, develop a business case to:
      describe the magnitude of the effort involved in implementing the migration plan
      provide the justification for moving forward
      identify the critical success factors
      present a high-level cost-benefit analysis
IT Architecture:  Develop an information technology architecture that provides a framework for future IT development and acquisition.
Migration Plan:  Assemble the results of the assessments, vision and strategy workshops and architecture formulation workshops into a comprehensive, long-range IT transition plan
  A series of workshops were conducted with all levels of management in both Sales and Marketing user areas and with the IT organization to review and refine deliverables, ensure understanding and gain commitment.  The final approved migration plan consisted of five major initiatives designed to improve data quality, management alignment, staff skills and IT processes, as well as articulating needed tactical and strategic IT development projects.  Each initiative was further defined in terms of sub-initiatives, time lines, costs, risks, impact and need.


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  Assessing IT Strengths and Weaknesses
  Developing an IT Strategy and Plan

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