What Are The Core Elements Of A Successful IT Strategy?

The IT strategy is the first document you create when embarking on a new initiative. This means that it establishes the foundation on which all future decisions will be based. Without a clear and concise IT strategy, your business will likely lack a sense of direction when it comes to utilising technology. Furthermore, the lack of focus and organisation in the early stages of implementation can be costly and lead to project mismanagement and implementation issues.  

In addition, an IT strategy is necessary to communicate your vision to other stakeholders and help guide the discussions around your organisation’s needs. With proper foresight, you can avoid focusing on short-term needs instead of long-term strategic goals. You can also help prevent focusing on single-use cases or specific technologies and consider the value of a wide range of options.  

At 101 Data Solutions, we can help you choose the right solution for your business. Whether you need cloud hosting, virtual servers, colocation, or managed hosting, we will work with you to find the right fit for your company. We also offer professional IT consulting services to help you make the most of your current IT solutions and create a roadmap for future-proofing your business.  

Build a data-driven organisation 

Establishing a data-driven company is one of the most important components of any IT strategy. While data is often overlooked, it can be a powerful tool for transformation within your business. To build a data-driven business, you must first answer three key questions: 

  • What data do you have?  
  • Where is that data currently stored?  
  • How do you use that data to make better decisions?  

You can then use the answers to these questions to determine how you should collect, store, and use data to transform your organisation’s operations. You can also use data analytics to understand how customers engage with your brand and how you can improve that experience. In addition, data can help you know what types of content your customers are most interested in and what needs they have that your company can meet. 

Adopt a digital platform 

You can use the information gained from a data-driven organisation to help select and implement a digital platform. For example, you can use data and insights to understand which functionality is most important to your business and what other platforms your customers are currently using. This can help you identify where your organisation’s greatest pain points exist and where you can easily incorporate new technologies.  

When approaching your IT strategy, it’s important to remember that it’s not just a checklist. Instead, it should be thoughtfully created to guide your company towards success. If you’d like some advice on improving your IT infrastructure, then my team are here to help, just book a call!

   

About Brett Edgecombe, Managing Director, 101 Data Solutions   

Even as a child living in Canada, Brett always had an interest in technology, so starting his career within the technology industry was a natural progression in 1998 when it began at the UK’s first ISP, Compuserve Interactive Services in Bristol.   

He has first-hand experience in modern Enterprise Storage Infrastructure solutions, having worked at Sun Microsystems in 2000, where he worked with large commercial and education customers across the UK.   

Brett created 101 Data Solutions in 2008 with a focus on Data Storage centric delivered through high-quality technology solutions direct to businesses throughout the UK. His strategic vision and sector knowledge allows him to bring excellence to 101’s customers through experience, technical foresight and relationship building.  

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