Guidelines for implementing an IT strategy
Developing an IT strategy is the first step towards implementing a new computer or communication system in your work place. The process of creating a strategy is not something to be taken lightly or done ‘on the hop’. It involves a lot of planning, discussions of project goals and desired outcomes, careful budgeting and consideration when choosing the right tools and technologies.
To ensure the new IT and communications systems you want to introduce to your work place are implemented correctly, efficiently and within your budget, you should seriously consider hiring an IT project manager.
Whether the project manager oversees the project from start to finish or simply provides guidance and support for your own IT department, the simple fact of having an expert in charge of planning, developing and managing your IT project should give you peace of mind.
An IT project strategy consists of three main areas of development: outlining project objectives, understanding project principles and developing project tactics.
Before work commences the IT strategist considers in great detail all foreseeable aspects of the project which need to be carefully monitored throughout the assignment.
The guidelines for an IT strategy include:
- Setting project goals and defining project scope
- Planning project activities, schedules and timetables
- Coordinating IT tools and resources
- Estimating total project time
- Developing a budget in keeping with project goals and budget
- Creating supporting documentation, charts and schedules
- Conducting risk analysis and outlining possible project challenges and risks
- Developing a strategy for monitoring and reporting progress to the business management team
- Outlining project plans with the IT implementation team and outlining an effective communication strategy
Daysha Consulting, an Irish IT project management company, can help Irish businesses successfully integrate their new information technology systems by providing highly skilled and experienced IT project strategists.
Daysha have worked with big global information technology and communications companies with centres in Ireland, including the European Space Agency, IBM, HP and Bank of Ireland.