A strategy is a kind of a route to the goal having been set. You have decided on your global goal and understood where you are going to evolve from the business perspective, you have shaped your business strategy and now you have to put it into practice. For the corresponding purpose, there are some functional strategies directed towards activity of different branches such as marketing, HR, IT, etc. Their main goal is to ensure the main business strategy implementation.
There are two basic units distinguished: the first one refers to the IT services and business applications, the second one refers to infrastructure. IT services are both an end product of the information system and automation and business processes improvement tools. Demands for business applications must be defined considering the business strategy chosen as well as competitive advantages (e.g. efficient production, regional expansion, etc.). However, IT services and business applications must exist in specific environment. This environment is called IT infrastructure and the second unit of the IT strategy aims precisely to the corresponding infrastructure formation. Setting the demands of services, applications and infrastructure is the first step for IT strategy developing. But besides the end point of your aim, you also need a starting point. The key element for defining this point is awareness of present-day IT system, the resources are used, risks that might be taken for business. Then, using different techniques, gaps analyzing in particular, we are making a path.
Connecting two points on the map is the easiest way to do that. However the practical value of the trajectory path might be only when every single bend of the road, halt, and stop at gas station is defined; these are specific projects, deadlines, budget limits and specific purposes and tasks having been set. That is an effective strategy performing a program of the mutually connected projects which influence on each other in some way.
A peculiarity of the De Novo approach in IT strategy forming is the objective to achieve the maximum practical value. We do not create the documents that are going to be hidden to the safe by the investors forgotten till the time of the next meeting. The strategy we have developed is beneficial to the corporation’s IT service itself; the strategy shows a clear way to move forward in the next several years. In the meantime the necessity and usefulness of such movements becomes apparent to the top management. We map out the routes following which you will never get lost.