What does it mean to be strategic in Information Technology (IT) spending? To have a planned systematic program to leverage IT investment to the level of return your company expects. One of the industries adages is that everyone spends the same amount on IT. The difference is how a company pays for it. Meaning that the cost of payroll is your balancing factor in soft costs. Either your people are spending their time fighting technology or working with technology to produce better products or services.
Here are 4 steps to get you on the path of an IT strategic plan.
- Find out what you have been spending. You can’t find out where you want to go without finding out where you have been.
- Compile a list of initiatives you would like to undertake and prioritize. Areas of current improvement, service conveniences that your competitors may offer, or perhaps just getting up to today’s standards.
- Put together a budget and work plan for implantation. It will be important to identify timelines for what you have planned.
- Internal communication to key users and affected personal. Not only will this help with identifying potential roadblocks; it will help keep the organization accountable.
The most important is that you get started. Hopefully I have provided enough information to help you move forward in a systematic program to be proactive in your IT.