How to execute an ICT Strategic Plan

Turning an ICT Strategy into Reality

You now have your ICT Strategic Plan – What Now!

ICT Strategy

We have all had an ICT Strategic Plan created either by our internal staff, specialised contractor or a consultancy firm.

Even fewer of us have seen this plan through to the end to deliver the intended results.

With the definition for “Strategy” from the Oxford English Dictionary being “a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim.”

We can focus on the premise for strategy being a long-term or overall aim.

The question to ask is,

How is your ICT Strategy coming along in achieving your intended outcomes?

Have you just started the journey?

What is the Optimal way to manage our ICT Strategic Plan?

Are you a few years into the strategy?

Can you see noticeable difference?

Strategic Directions specialises in creating and most importantly executing ICT Strategies for all levels of Government and Large Commercial Organisations. Providing External CIO Advisory Service, implementing ICT methodology and delivering tangable results  at all levels within the organisations. Below are some complimentary services we provide to assist you in achieving your end goal.

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External CIO Advisory Service

Support and complement your ICT Strategic Plan

Strategic Direction’s External CIO Service allows a Client access to skills and experience from multiple disciplines including telecommunications, IT service delivery, risk management, security, contract management and disaster recovery planning.



External Business Analyst Service

Enhance business efficiencies and deliver outcomes whilst allowing you to focus on core business with a Business Analyst only when You need them

The IT needs and requirements within Australian businesses are growing, mainly due to the increased focus on IT service and performance.

Strategic Directions Managed Business Analyst Services can provide clients with an increased capability to assess business projects whilst maintaining a core business focus.

Technology Trends Impacting ICT Strategies

Rethinking disaster recovery for the cloud | CIO

We have all had an ICT Strategic Plan created either by our Internal Staff, Specialised Contractor or a Consultancy Firm.
Even fewer of us have seen this plan through to the end to deliver the intended results.

The importance for organisations to ensure they have appropriate recovery provisions for ICT services that are aligned to your Business Continuity Plan is critical. You need to have a plan and testing regime to deal with all levels of disruption.

With the adoption of Cloud Services on the rise, the thought for how this impacts your Disaster Recovery Plan is even more important today.

Strategic Directions will review, update, test and maintain the Business Continuity Plans (BCP), IT Disaster Recovery Plan (ITDRP) and Crisis Management Plan for your Organisation.

 

DR practices that were designed for in-house computing are out of sync with the cloud world. If you haven’t already revised your DR plan for cloud computing, now’s the time.

Source: Rethinking disaster recovery for the cloud | CIO

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How to Discover the Real Business Value of IT

We have all had an ICT Strategic Plan created either by our Internal Staff, Specialised Contractor or a Consultancy Firm.
Even fewer of us have seen this plan through to the end to deliver the intended results.

Providing the tools and strategic direction to clearly show you the real value of your IT is a cleaver and relevant ICT Strategy. This ensures your IT spend delivers results, reviewing investment, efficiency, functional performance and resource deployment to aligned with corporate objectives.

Information technology collects lots of performance metrics, but most IT leaders struggle to tell business stakeholders a meaningful story about the business value of IT.

Source: Business Value of IT

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Melbourne Uni connects +700 apps in smart campus drive

We have all had an ICT Strategic Plan created either by our Internal Staff, Specialised Contractor or a Consultancy Firm.
Even fewer of us have seen this plan through to the end to deliver the intended results.

Strategic Directions has been providing specialist data centre knowledge and support to Melbourne University for a number of years and was delighted to be involved in the recent Data Centre Project. Involved throughout the project from design to implementation and final witness testing, Strategic Directions is proud to be a trusted partner of the University.

We are exciting with the future of what this means for the university.

Uniting IoT and app platforms to boost engagement.

Source: Melbourne Uni connects +700 apps in smart campus drive

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Five Bold Predictions for the Data Centre in 2019

We have all had an ICT Strategic Plan created either by our Internal Staff, Specialised Contractor or a Consultancy Firm.
Even fewer of us have seen this plan through to the end to deliver the intended results.

Data Centre White Paper – 2019

These provocative predictions are meant to challenge the thinking of anyone responsible for data center planning and strategy—because data center success requires us to get ahead of these changes, rather than constantly playing catch-up with the world around us.

The only predictable aspect of data center technology is its unpredictability. Change is often rapid, evolutionary and disruptive. For IT and data center professionals, staying ahead of the curve could easily mean the difference between
an organization’s success or failure. And for nearly four decades, AFCOM has stressed to its members the importance of remaining proactive and always moving forward. To accomplish that, we must be visionaries, capable of anticipating near- and long-term changes and acting to ensure data centers and businesses they support are prepared.

Summary:

Prediction #1: Hyperscale Data Center Growth Hits a Wall
Prediction #2: Cloud Consumption Model Finally Forces Major IT Restructuring
Prediction #3: Dynamically Optimizing the New Cost-Model Portfolio
Prediction #4: Data Center Leaders Become Full Partners in Security and Compliance
Prediction #5: The Renaissance of Liquid Cooling

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Authors

Mike Andrea, Director, GAICD,
The Strategic Directions Group

Tad Davies, Sr. Vice President,
Bick Consulting Services

Hector Diaz, Sr. Partner,
iDiaz Advisors

Bill Doty, I.T. General Manager,
CH Robinson

Carrie Goetz, Global Director, of Technology,
Paige Electric

Hector Diaz, Sr. Partner,
iDiaz Advisors

Brad Mohler, Director of Global
Data Center Strategy and Portfolio Management, Oracle

Mark Monroe, President,
Energetic Consulting, Inc.

John Parker, Global Data
Center Operations and Disaster Recovery, Esri

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