IT roadmaps are a big part of growing companies which utilize technology in some way. These plans allow a business to understand its needs, what hardware or software is required for those needs and what lies ahead to keep said hardware/software running at optimum efficiency. It also considers staffing needs and the kind of experts who should be on board as the business grows.
But how does one create long term IT plans? Roadmaps can be tricky, because there are lots of factors to consider. To help you with this, we’re giving you a brief overview of some core aspects to always keep in mind. While each organization has their own needs, there are some basics part of each IT plan.
Define IT Goals
What, ultimately, is your business working to accomplish with IT? Do you want to expand into new services, focus on cloud based systems, change legacy hardware to new ones, adopt an MSP? Understand the primary goal for your IT plan for a guide throughout the process.
Analyze the Business
With goals in mind, you have to understand how prepared (or unprepared) the organization is. Can it accommodate proposed IT changes? Do you have the financial resources for maintenance, hardware investments, new staff, etc.? Is it secure enough? Gauge how prepared the company is to better help understand where you stand.
Set Goals and Timeline
To reach your IT goals, set timelines for achievability. For instance, if one IT goal is “hire several new IT experts,” then the business should try to accomplish this goal within a certain time-frame. Hitting the short-term goals before anything will help reach long term plateaus.
As you begin to form your goals, how will you accomplish them? It’s important everyone involved for long term IT has a plan of action ready to go. If it’s expanding server space, then research should be conducted on what kind of servers, space required, where the racks go, etc.
Part of building a successful IT roadmap means working with all relevant parties as closely as possible. By doing so, you ensure that there’s no misstep in the execution process, and as each change occurs, everyone is made aware and can adjust accordingly.
Prepare for Setbacks
Even as you set a roadmap and get collect resources, obstacles will arise. Especially for IT, a market and resources that advances every other day, there’s potential for shifts and setbacks. Prepare for them, and expect them. Once the expectation is set, long term IT plans are easier to manage.
The best IT plan is one that suits your business needs best, and takes account of all resources, personnel, and budgets. Once accounted for, follow the steps listed above to ensure your plan runs as efficiently as possible. A solid roadmap achieves goals on the steadiest course.
Stratosphere Networks is a managed service provider dedicated to the success of small businesses. If your business is looking for direction related to IT devices and software, we can help. Give us a call or fill out a contact form and we’ll help you create an individualized IT plan for you business’s success.