IT Strategic Planning
Information Technology can be a true enabler of organisational performance, and as such requires considered thinking. Maysix Consulting's IT Strategic Planning process helps not-for-profit organisations initiate technology change, qualify impact, set priorities, and deliver a realistic, actionable roadmap.
What an IT strategic plan is:
Where you want to go with technology
How to get there
And why you need one:
Get value out of your IT investment by focusing IT effort on the priorities that align with your organisation’s purpose and have a clear positive impact for your organisation and its stakeholders.
Plan and deliver the right technology solutions at the right time whilst managing the pace of technical change for staff and volunteers.
Identify costs savings and efficiencies opportunities, and gain better control over total cost of ownership.
Build a holistic view of IT that takes into account people and processes, not just the systems and tools.
What should we expect from an IT strategy?
An IT strategy is a springboard for change: it’s the first step of a transformation program. It’s a mechanism for bringing your organisation together, and aligning your priorities for technology change to your purpose. The IT roadmap provides you with an informed, thought-through guide. As a plan, it is expected to evolve, and when it comes to executing on that plan, organisations need be prepared to prioritise and commit effort, time and resources.
Are there any prerequisites to do an IT strategy?
Each organisation is unique and will start from a different standpoint than others. Whilst ideally the organisation has a good understanding of its own technology landscape and well documented systems, in practice, this is often not the case. The only prerequisites are a clear business strategic direction for the overall organisation, and a willingness from your organisation to engage and actively participate in this process.
How long does it take to deliver an IT strategy?
Typically an IT strategy will take between 2 and 3 months, with variations on the timeframe influenced by the organisation’s resources availability to participate in consultation activities (interviews, workshops, deliverables review, etc.).
Who needs to get involved?
Because technology is relevant to all parts of an organisation, it is essential to have good cross-organisational participation, including leadership team representatives and subject matter experts. In some cases it is appropriate to consult with all staff and volunteers (typically through surveys). Your board should also be involved to provide decision-making and governance over plans, priorities, and associated commitments.
Who delivers the work?
All services are delivered by Angeline Veeneman, founder and consultant at Maysix Consulting.
How much does an IT strategy cost?
Costs vary depending on the organisation’s complexity, scope of needs, and level of stakeholders consultation required. IT strategy work typically ranges between AUD 5K for small, simple NFPs to AUD 20K+ for larger, complex environments.
How does Maysix Consulting charge for services?
Engagements can be done on a Time & Materials basis, or a fixed fee, depending on clients’ preferences. T&M fees are calculated on the basis of AUD 180 per hour excluding GST. Fees are invoiced at end of month for work done that month. No upfront payment required :)
What does the IT strategic planning process involve?
Maysix Consulting’s IT Strategic Planning is based on a 3-step methodology that focuses on the benefits of technology change, and ensures active consultation with your organisation’s stakeholders:
- Step 1 is to establish your current situation and build a good "lay of the land". This is done through a combination of business analysis activities and stakeholders consultation.
- Step 2 is to define and prioritise needs. This is typically done through a collaborative workshop where your key stakeholders are invited to come and participate in defining the vision for technology change, qualify impact, and align priorities to your organisation's strategic objectives.
- Step 3 is about delivering the actual IT strategic plan based on the vision, needs and priorities. The plan includes the evaluation of your current IT state, the IT vision and implementation roadmap, and recommendations for targeted technology architecture and change execution.