IT Strategy is Only as Good as Execution

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One of the main problems with those facing change within their IT structure is the lack of commitment to a great IT strategy. Simply put, unless you follow through and commit to your strategy, it will never get done.

Going into companies as a IT consultancy, I have seen all sorts of manifestations of this – mainly in a reluctance to let go of old systems. The task of assessing old servers kept in broom cupboards, personal databases operating outside of the main corporate framework, through to racks of servers in data centres still running ancient hardware is often a daunting one. It is likely that nobody knows exactly what is where and how accurate data can be extracted.

This could all be seen as a hindrance to your IT strategy, but at the same time it is also a great opportunity to tidy up the loose ends of your IT. Going through and looking at each system and service will entail a full audit of all of your systems, and it is likely that among all of this you will end up finding a huge amount of data you didn’t even know you had. Being forced to clean up your data, will, in the end, prove to be a good thing, but it is a headache to trawl through. This is why, year in, year out, businesses avoid the complex and tedious business of cleaning up their IT portfolio, despite knowing full well how much streamlining will save them (in both time and money) in the medium and long term.

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