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Mapping out your IT

Satnav is the car industry’s answer to a plan – getting you from A and B without distracting you with a traditional map or replying on the person next to you for directions to get you to your destination. As technology has advanced, we’re seeing the adoption of heads-up-display, pre-planned journeys sent to vehicles, integration of smart phone apps and voice command. The possibilities for planning your route are seemingly endless.

When it comes to mapping out the future in business, many of us will have undergone a budget review at the end of last year – planning what you’ll spend across the business within the next year. In response to COVID-19 and changing budgets as a result, many businesses we have spoken to recently have completed such budget reviews again within the last month.

But how many of us will have stopped to think about how we will use information technology (IT) beyond the next 12 months or look ahead at the next 36-60 months?

IT is now at the centre of all businesses, supporting or influencing all teams and functions in some way. However, businesses often overlook taking a pro-active approach to reviewing and planning their “IT journey”, reviewing what IT structure is required to meet the goals and ambitions of the business over the next five years – effectively creating a route map to support business growth and success.

As an example, if you are planning to drive to Paris in France, you don’t just set your satnav for the route, you’ll need to book a ferry or Eurotunnel, and plan every stage of the route from door-to-door. The same is true for your IT strategy – you need a plan.

Isn’t it time to ask:

Is your IT Fit for purpose today?

Will your IT meet your business needs for the next 12 months?

Do you know what your business will need for the next five years?

Does existing technology expose your business to unnecessary risks?

Is your business as secure as you think from cybercrime?

If we’re honest, most businesses will answer no to at least one of these questions. What about you?

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