Setting and implementing a strategic IT plan need not be complicated. Nevertheless, major business failings are attributed to poor alignment of IT strategic plans with the goals of a business, not completing plans at the right time, and failing to review them. A good plan, if given adequate attention and regular review, should be conceptually simple, succinct and should contain the following components:
- Agreement of the business objectives
- Assessment of the ability of IT related systems, services and resources to meet those needs
- How to address any failings or gaps identified
- How decisions will be made and progress measured.
- Review periods
However, undertaken correctly, a good strategic plan can do so much more than simply setting objectives for specific IT development work. Strategic planning should ensure that people across all levels of the business can contribute towards a document that adequately identifies what is happening within a business, the market, and how best to take advantage of subsequent opportunities. It should give a clear picture of what choices need to be made and where the priorities lie. IT can often be the ultimate delivery mechanism to facilitate achievement, but a well distributed plan should result in focus and buy-in from the business at all levels.
Staff at Xirco have worked in senior IT managerial positions extensively for many years, and have expertise in strategic planning for small businesses through to international public limited companies. Involving Xirco at this level, beyond the capabilities of traditional IT support partners, can assist you to achieve the growth that may otherwise be hindered by technological or IT resource restrictions.
We were recommended to Xirco in June 2015 as we had a major IT Upgrade.The whole of the process was carried out with friendly professionalism, in a convenient manor which never interfered with our business operation. All aspects of the work was explained to us in a language we could understand - not computer technical jargon - and was completed with little input needed from us.I have never experienced such friendly, helpful and efficient service and we will continue to use Xirco for our IT Support - can highly recommend you give Xirco a call - great service and technical knowledge.
Having worked with Xirco very closely for a number of years, I would have no hesitation in recommending them as an IT partner. We have successfully implemented several IT projects within our business using Xirco and the team always ensure that project scopes, technical requirements etc are well explained, with no IT jargon. Xirco work hard initially in a project to understand the needs of our business, which always then results in an excellent solution. The level of support provided is outstanding in all areas both pre and post implementation.
Jon is extremely knowledgeable about information security - as was apparent following Executive Management / Board presentations resulting in significant and valued changes within the business which have massively reduced our exposure.
Jon has proved to be a great project manager and is able to communicate with all stakeholders from users, through directors to suppliers. His calm, yet open and persistent approach and enthusiasm for his work has enabled him to deliver complex solutions with minimal resource.