Planning your IT road map leading to the creation of an IT strategy are today key requirements for firms of all sizes. Whilst the complexities of your IT strategy will differ depending on the firm’s needs we are now a long way from where the only requirement on IT was to make sure email was available and
the printer works. It doesn’t seem that long ago that some companies were still connecting to the “internet” just twice a day (roughly 10am and 4pm) to send and receive its emails!
In creating your IT strategy, we believe that it is important to undertake several exercises to fully understand the requirements from information technology today, and in the short, medium and long term. A successful IT strategy needs to be aligned with the business strategy, ensuring it supports it and that IT requirements do not fall behind the business needs and hinder the success of the business strategy.
An IT strategy that has been approved by the board will allow you to plan your time, your budgets and manage the success of the work you are undertaking, whilst ensuring you are in line with the firm’s needs. Your strategy should be a “living” document, it’s not created to be placed on a shelf and reviewed once a year but something that should act as a continual guide and reminder what IT should be delivering. The requirements from IT will change and the IT strategy should be updated as these changes happen to ensure it always up to date, always relevant and you are able to provide a clear IT road map when required.
3Kites is able to provide valuable assistance to firms in the creation of an IT Strategy, because:
We have developed processes and templates which facilitate the gathering of key current and foreseeable requirements in a manner which takes up the minimum amount of internal time, whilst being sufficiently broad ranging. This is key to understanding requirements (and existing constraints and issues) for staff at all levels, and what support they want from IT in order to deliver their services to the firm’s clients. This information gathering could take many forms and regularly includes online surveys, interviews with key staff and facilitating workshops.
Our unique combination of lawyer, IT and supplier experience puts us in an ideal position to understand the requirements and the most practical ways of meeting them with the tools available. We are well placed to engage with the business and, if appropriate, its clients, to understand current issues and likely future requirements.
In some circumstances the existing IT configuration may not be fully understood or documented to the required level. We can in a short time frame conduct a survey of the “as is” IT position and document this allowing the firm to use this information to ensure their IT Strategy is fully formed.
We are independent of any commercial ties to suppliers, we have good relationships with a number of suppliers to the professional service market and work to ensure we are up to date with their offerings and approaches. We take pains to share this knowledge across our team. Our independence is important as it ensures we recommend the best solution to the firm not the solution we have most experience of.
We can provide the capacity and momentum to see the process through, so that it does not get delayed as a result of day to day pressures.
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