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Every business, whether large or small, should have an IT strategy to make sure their organisation has the technological resources in place to keep its data safe, and plan for when new systems and software will need to be implemented.
An IT strategy plans out your business’s ability to create value using IT, and your IT strategy is particularly important in Exeter. As a thriving hub for small-to-medium sized businesses, ensuring you have the right technologies in place that can scale with your local business will mean your operations won’t only be able to run more efficiently, but your business will also be more competitive because of it.
There are several specific areas you should include in your IT plan:
Current IT resources
Within your IT strategy, you should list your current IT resources. This will give you an idea of any software or hardware gaps your business has, so you can make plans to implement the technology that will fill those gaps.
Additionally, creating a list of your current IT resources will give you an idea of which resources will need replacing or updating first. Including details such as when the technology was installed or implemented and a rough guide to its lifespan, will offer the information you need to create a timeline of when new IT resources should be added or updated.
All businesses need some basic IT requirements in place including standard firewall security and anti-virus/anti-malware security. However, most business environments will need more than this to operate efficiently and securely.
Understanding and noting down the compliance standards of your business will help you determine how this will affect your overall strategy. Multi-factor authentication, automated password resets, and disaster recovery, are all examples of possible governance requirements that may affect your IT strategy.
Even if the examples mentioned aren’t required of your business, they may still be worth considering as part of your strategy, to improve business continuity and security.
The people involved in delivering your IT strategy should also be referenced within the strategy itself, giving a clearer idea of the roles and responsibilities they will have. You won’t necessarily need an in-house IT team to help you deliver your strategy, but if you do need additional support, a qualified outsourced IT company local to Exeter will be able to help.
Costs & budgets
Of course with any strategy looking to improve business operations, there may be costs involved. However, with a strategy in place, those costs can be budgeted for and payments spread over an agreed period of time, not everything will need to be completed at once.
Some examples of costs you may need to account for include:
1. Equipment costs
2. Licensing costs
3. Site costs for your chosen IT environments (On-premise, cloud, hybrid)
4. Personnel costs
Budgeting for the costs needed to deliver a successful IT strategy will give a better indication of timelines for implementing the strategy. Some costs may be higher than others, and so may need a longer time to plan for, however alternatively there will be some IT resources with much lower costs involved, so can be implemented as quick wins.
Creating a comprehensive IT strategy for your business can be a large task that takes time and planning, however, it will be worth it to see your local business thrive with new and efficient technologies.
If you’re not quite sure where to start the strategy planning process, or would like some input or advice from IT professionals, the team at Amitech IT have the skills and experience to guide you through creating a quality IT strategy. Please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 03300 535 730 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.