“From time to time you have to take a step back and look at the broader picture.”
We at ITQ highly rate exploring new technology. We thrive to think of ways to innovate. And consequently use the most advanced technology to ultimately help our customers. These innovations are often performed from a ‘technology push’ perspective and are therefore usually setup, governed and managed in the operational layer of an organization. Another approach, we think, is to step back from time to time and look at the broader picture. This will result in a more successful implementation.
The Amsterdam Information Management (AIM) or 9 Cells model, developed by Rik Maes displays this perfectly. This model depicts three layers of an organization: strategic, tactical/architectural and operational. The three pillars are business, information (management), and technology. This model provides structure for translating business strategy – via either architecture or information management – to the operational layers of an organization.
In the context of this article, the rationale behind this model is that projects initiated solely at the operational level, without a clear sense of why from a strategic perspective, and without structure and boundaries provided by architecture are extremely difficult to deliver with success. The objectives often become fuzzy and the project will become detached from the organization.
Sometimes it is a good idea to take a step back and look at the broader picture: why are we doing the (operational) things we do? How are the things we are doing from a technology perspective supporting our overall business goals and our business strategy in the end? How can we use technology to actually drive our business? What business architecture (or organizational structure) best fits my strategy? ITQ can help organizations answer these questions and more. With a series of IT Transformation Services.
IT Strategy and vision development
In most organizations the business strategy, vision and business goals are often crystal clear. However, it may be a challenge to develop a fitting IT strategy and supporting vision, especially if IT is not a core competency.
Where the industry used to talk about “Business and IT alignment”, to a greater extent organizations now expect IT to actually drive the business. Instead of just supporting it through alignment. That is a huge objective! ITQ can help you develop an IT strategy and vision to accomplish that goal. ITQ has extensive experience in developing:
- (Software-Defined) Data Center strategies
- (Hybrid) Cloud strategies
- and Digital Workspace / End User Computing strategies.
ITQ is also capable to assess the readiness of your organization prior to start new IT initiatives. By conducting a readiness assessment, ITQ is able to validate which people and process changes need to be positioned before any new IT initiative can truly succeed.
ITQ determines the maturity level of the organization (or specifically for the IT organization) and assesses what changes have to be made from a strategic, architectural and operational perspective. ITQ provides readiness assessments across the board, such as:
- Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery readiness assessment
- Cloud computing readiness assessment
- Digital Workspace readiness assessment
- Automation readiness assessment
Do you have a clear IT strategy and vision?
Do you need help to create or update your IT strategy? Please contact us. We are looking forward to tell you about our approach and how we are
capable to support you to accomplish your goals.