A lot of IT Consulting and Services firms throw out a lot of terms like digital disruption or transformation. There is certainly a lot of change happening in the tech world today and that’s not terribly different then yesterday or the day before that.
That’s why we decided to write a series of blogs and put some tools and templates out into the community to help get back to the fundamentals of proper planning and vision as it relates to IT strategy. Moreover, the challenges don’t lie in a bunch of tech buzzwords.
The real challenge is time compression as a result of compounding technology innovation coupled with a shortage of talent and resources has forced business leaders into risky and confusing situations with applications, information, data, and systems. Without proper planning and vision, it is easy to waste your limited time, money, and resources on things that do not align with the goals and objectives of the business.
Road maps identify key milestones:
- They manage something more valuable than money, time.
- They effectively communicate the capacity and ability to meet goals within a set time frame.
Beyond wasted effort, the company typically incurs a large amount of technology and management debt during these failures that needs to be unwound. Slowing them down even more as the market continues to pick up speed based on the introduction of new technologies and automation.
Many argue that roadmaps impede change or create inflexibility within the organization. These tools are not to blame. They must be consistently reviewed, challenged, and changed to meet the needs of the business. They should help enable and communicate the change, never holding it back. Managing change becomes impossible without a plan with clear objectives that align with valuable business outcomes.
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