It’s always challenging to take a critical look at your business and identify why things aren’t working. And a lot of the time this means many steer clear of IT strategy.

There are several reasons for this, from a skills gap to how engrained technology has become in your organisation. For many, the thought of making such changes when things are just working fine can be very daunting.

But to help your business achieve its visions and goals, your IT strategy must be well-considered and planned. It’s also important to understand some of the key reasons your strategy may fail.

1. Your IT strategy and business strategy aren’t aligned

For your IT strategy to be successful, you must have considered the business needs. The business strategy must always drive the IT strategy. All too often, IT can implement new systems or solutions that conflict with the longer-term goals of the organisation.

When defining your overall IT strategy, it is useful to identify 4 or 5 broader business goals and make sure that your IT strategy will complement these. These may span departments or underpin everything the organisation does, but making sure the IT can deliver for each will pay off in the long term.

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