Strategy for Technology Transformation

We Focus on Technology So You Can Focus on Your Business

Information technology today is a critical function for organizations and enterprises, and is not only a supporting function, helping to automate routine tasks and promoting process efficiency: it has also become integrated into the products and services of many industries. Even organizations that do not consider themselves “high-tech” are increasingly leveraging Information technology for digital transformation and as a core element of their emerging business models.

Yet, in many companies, business leaders only manage Information technology as a technical function. The systems, organization, and processes may be designed well from a technical perspective, but poorly aligned from a business perspective. This can be the result of changes in business direction, sudden or long-term growth, or competitive disruption that create dissonance between what the business needs and what Information technology is providing.

There’s nothing executives regret more than wasted resources, yet that’s exactly what occurs every day in thousands of businesses across the country – they’re investing in Information technology without reaping the correlated business results from the investment. Unlike any other area in your business, Information technology has the least amount of governance and oversight because most executives know the least about the discipline.

Mobile computing, Cloud computing, Big Data, hardware and software. Wireless technology, Wi-Fi, and websites. Smart phones, iPads. But how does any of this stuff deliver results to your business?

Without a strategy, it’s uncontrolled at best.

We create business strategies and target operating models that help companies generate new value and manage change throughout their organization.

Information technology Strategy Road-mapping

With expertise in both business and technology, our Information technology strategy consultants can facilitate development of an integrated strategy for the organization.

Our approach to Information technology strategy is a focused engagement that includes the following activities:

  • 1. Business Strategy Review: We begin with a review of the mission, vision, goals, and strategy of the business, so that we can derive the implications for I.T.–what I.T. needs to be and do in order to support the business strategy and deliver business value. Conversely, what capabilities can I.T. implement that can form the basis for new business models?

  • 2. Current State Analysis: Here we assess the health of the current I.T. applications portfolio, with a combination of online user surveys and in-person interviews, ranking each major business system in terms of its importance to the organization, its actual management value, and its technical quality. This gives us an early indication concerning which systems are the highest priority candidates for nurturing, replacement, or upgrading. Using metrics provided by our partner, I.T. research firm, Computer Economics, we also benchmark I.T. spending and staffing levels, the adoption level for new technologies, the use of outsourcing and outside IT service providers, and the state of I.T. management best practices.

  • 3. I.T. Backlog Analysis: Every I.T. organization has a backlog of new systems projects and change requests. In this step, we closely evaluate those plans to determine to what extent they are consistent with the business strategy or how they impact the current state analysis.

  • 4. Future State Vision: This is the visioning stage of I.T. strategy, envisioning a future state where IT systems, technology, people, and processes are fully aligned with the business strategy. This stage can also include “art of the possible” workshops, where our I.T. strategy consultants explore what new and innovative technologies have most relevance to your business, and which you should consider for adoption.

  • 5. I.T. Strategy Road-map: This is the formulation stage, where we define the individual initiatives of the IT road-map and weave them into a strategic narrative: a story of where you are going and how you’ll get there. The final deliverable is a strategic IT road map for the enterprise that defines the desired future state and the priorities for implementation. It also includes summary descriptions, budgetary estimates, and the business case for each of the major initiatives of the I.T. road-map.

To compete in an increasingly digital world where analytics provide an edge, modernizing your technology capabilities is more than a necessity; it can be a game-changer.

Aeonnova helps companies transform I.T. by focusing on business priorities, and making sure your system architecture, operating model and costs match those priorities.

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