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

Developing an IT Strategy and Plan



  The Need:
  IT Strategy is needed when changes in an organization’s business environment or structure require realignment or redeployment of IT resources.  It may also be indicated when Senior Executives are found to be uncertain as to the value their organization receives from its IT investment.  Other questions about IT heard from Senior Executives that are indicative of the need for an IT Strategy include:
  Ø “Are the right areas of the business receiving the right support from IT?”
  Ø “How effective is my IT organization relative to others in my industry?”
  Ø “Where can we get large improvements with small diversions in resources?”
  Ø “What should our direction be?  What competencies should we build?”
  Ø “Does industry partnerships or outsourcing make sense for us?”
  Ø “How can I improve the relationship between the business users of the systems and our IT department?”
  The prevalence of such questions suggest the need to embark on a project to create an IT Strategy that is linked to the strategies and plans of the business and business units.
  The Objective:
  The objective of an IT strategic plan is to put in place a roadmap that ensures IT’s direction is linked to the organization's business plans and strategy.  The plan must be compelling and at the same time practical, working with the capabilities of IT to deliver and the organization’s capacity to absorb change.
  As depicted in the figure, The Winchester Group follows a six phased approach to meeting the objectives of IT Strategic Planning.  The approach is based upon practices, techniques and methods that have evolved over the last thirty years, follows a structured methodology that is tuned to your specific needs, and incorporates a combined top-down (visioning, architecture) and bottoms-up (opportunity identification and prioritization) approach.  The result is a plan which specifies not only the development and infrastructure projects required to achieve the desired end-state, but also balances resource availability, risks, funding constraints and precedent requirements.  The approach also recognizes the importance of viewing IT Strategic Planning as an on-going process by designing and implementing the processes needed to maintain, revise and keep the plan current.
  The benefits of developing an IT Strategic Plan and planning process include:
    Ø the creation of a consensus roadmap for exploiting technology that links business and IT direction
    Ø the establishment of a sound decision making approach that helps your organization realize the expected business benefits from technology
    Ø the mitigation of the risks surrounding IT investment decisions that could otherwise mean costly re-deployment of technologies, loss of competitive advantage, and failure to realize the full value of the firm's investment in technology


  To see examples of this service in action, click on the buttons below to view Success Stories:
  Bio-medical Device Manufacturer
  Municipal Power Company
  Integrated Circuit Manufacturer and Distributor
  International Freight Forwarder
  International Freight Forwarder
  Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

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