If you haven’t reviewed your IT strategy within the last few months, the chances are it is no longer right for your business. From the adoption of cloud technologies to enforced home working which many of us experienced in 2020, your IT needs will have changed. And with 50 of the UK’s biggest firms stating they have no plan to return to the office full-time soon, it will leave many of us wondering where we will be working. It will be a combination of office and remote working for the foreseeable which impacts on your IT strategy. What was right six months ago is probably not right for now and the future.
We know it can be daunting even thinking about IT strategy, so we have compiled everything you need to help. From discovering why your IT strategy isn’t working, evaluating outsourced and in-house IT, improving efficiencies, to building your IT strategy with our eBook, you have a library of information. And you can always book in for a 15-minute consultation with one of our directors.
Do you have a feeling your IT strategy isn’t working?
If the answer is yes, or even maybe, you need to take a moment to find out why. You may feel you don’t know where to start and you are not alone. We know it is easy to avoid looking at your IT strategy but the longer you leave it, the more issues you will encounter later down the line.
There are several reasons as to why your IT strategy is failing, from a digital skills gap to new technologies. But you need to know the basics of what you should be looking for. So we have compiled our top 5 reasons to explain why IT strategy may no longer be right for your business. Take 5 minutes to take a break and figure out why your IT strategy isn’t working.
Watch how we became James Todd’s strategic IT partner
From the moment we initially engaged with James Todd & Co, it was apparent there were many issues with the current IT infrastructure. It certainly didn’t work for them, nor would it help them to achieve the business goals. Data and applications had been split due to system limitations, with the on-site servers and the internet connections weren’t fit for purpose. Please take a look at our case study video to discover how we helped James Todd & Co.
Outsourced vs In-house IT: Which is better?
Whether you have an outsourced IT provider, or an in-house IT team, there is always a constant debate of which performs better than the other. The truth is, it all depends on your business. There are many variables from the business needs, size, industry, budgetary requirements and more. You need to make sure you review your IT set-up based on these needs. The likelihood is you have remained with the current IT structure for a while. However, this does not mean that it meets your business needs now and in the future.
Let’s start by clearing up what we mean by an outsourced provider and an in-house IT team. An outsourced provider is an organisation not affiliated to your own business, who you engage with to deliver IT-enabled processes, applications, and infrastructure to achieve your business goals. Whereas, an in-house IT team is the opposite. They are a team employed within your organisation and manage all your IT requirements from software to infrastructure. The size and expertise of this team will vary as it is dependent on your business needs.
Take a look at our blog that reviews the pros and cons of both IT providers and in-house IT departments. You never know it may highlight you may need a change.
Download our IT Strategy Framework eBook
If you think you would benefit from a guide to help kick start your IT planning, then we have the eBook just for you. Your plan needs to be more than just a list of ideas; it needs to be a fully comprehensive roadmap aligned with your overall business goals and objectives. In our four-part series, we will walk through each step with a practical framework.
Our top tips for IT efficiency
Everyone wants to achieve IT efficiency, but it’s difficult to measure. It isn’t a straight forward calculation, as it will always be dependent on your business goals. Improvements can result in immediate bottom-line improvement, increased revenue or improved productivity. You need to decide on your IT efficiencies based on your business.
We have created our 5 top tips to improve IT efficiency, which will give you a great starting point. From focusing on your business requirements to documenting processes, you will undoubtedly benefit from a couple of these tips if not all of them.
Take a look at our 5 top tips for improving IT efficiency.
We know that even thinking about your IT strategy can be overwhelming, but we are here to help. You can now book a 15-minute IT strategy consultation with our director Mark Burgess. Starting with a quick overview of your current IT infrastructure and strategy, Mark will be able to offer high-level advice relevant to your business needs and goals.