Planning support for each component of an IT Strategy
Where do we want to go? Where we are now? How do we get from here to there? Next Dimension will help you answer each question these three components:
- Best Practice Analysis
- Mutual Risk Assessment
- IT Roadmap
The vision of where we want to go begins with the business strategy and determining how to design the information systems to complement and support the IT Strategy. Next Dimension’s Account Managers have a comprehensive process to understand and document our customers’ IT Strategy with the following three services…
Best Practice Analysis
The Next Dimension Best Practice Analysis is at the heart of our belief in filling the gap between the boardroom and the server room. Next Dimension organizes it around the total landscape of managing your IT systems in alignment with your business outcomes. It covers all areas of responsibility within an IT environment in relation to the business outcomes, for example network connectivity or collaboration tools. The Best Practice Analysis then looks at each of these areas across the three IT value pillars of Reliability, Security, and Resource. It then compares the current state of an organizations deployments against industry best practices to deliver a grade of Optimal, Sub-optimal (it works but could be better), or Gap. Next Dimension presents the findings in an easy to read and understand dashboard of Green, Yellow, and Red meters that make opportunities for improvement clear. A final section looks at how IT interacts with the rest of the organization at the Strategic level, across departments, and around project planning and management.
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Mutual Risk Assessment
Next Dimension summarizes the findings of the BPA in a document for the organization that includes the questions, the answers, their ranking, and action item recommendations to shift Gaps and Sub-optimal situations to Optimal. Next Dimension then reviews this document with the organization to assess the risks and determine the priority and order of the actions to take.
The organization can then stand up an IT Roadmap based on those priorities and extend a project list out across the next three years. The reason for a 36-month time horizon is to help the organization keep the projects manageable. A rolling 36-month IT Roadmap allows the organization to have a platform for on-going planning, keep the big priorities in mind, and plan for the bigger investments across multiple budget years.