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Your Guide to the IT Roadmap

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What is an IT roadmap?

As we move towards a digital future, IT plays a vital role in how we create, develop and manage our workloads. Having a solid plan of how technology will facilitate growth across your business is pivotal to your on-going success.

The IT Roadmap is a primary document that prescribes how technology will support the business strategy and help drive business priorities over both short-term (annual) and longer-term (3-5 year) periods.

Typical strategic plans are like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, they will include growth plans for new and existing markets, analysis of competitive landscapes, HR requirements and financial considerations. A core piece of this jigsaw puzzle is the alignment of your IT strategic roadmap.

What are the main features of an IT roadmap?

STRATEGY

The IT Roadmap starts with defining a clear strategy, it should list your business’s core priorities and objectives moving forward.

TIMELINE

Dates, Duration and Size – your timeline should reflect upcoming long-term projects and initiatives with estimated deadlines.

PRIORITY

A prioritised list of strategic opportunities that are driven by the business and enabled by IT.

COST

The roadmap needs to justify investments and estimates of each project’s cost.

IT LEADER

A senior staff member or project manager should oversee each of the IT projects, from conception to completion.

How can technology departments support IT roadmaps?

IT staff play an integral role in the development of an IT roadmap. Some of their core responsibilities include ensuring the business has current versions of system architecture and inventory.

These assets should be periodically updated with details about end-of-life dates, statements on usage, the number of users and the system owner. An ongoing reviewed list of emerging issues identified by the IT support staff should also be kept.

What is the value of an IT roadmap for my business?

Your business’s IT department can leverage the roadmap to improve planning for projects and resources.

It functions to help your team anticipate resourcing needs, plan assignments, software and vendor selection, as well as foresee budgetary needs ahead of time. In general, it makes it possible to begin planning for IT requirements well in advance.

Every business is unique, that’s why having clarity around your IT strategy is key to ensuring you’re ready to make the move to a modern workplace.

CodeBlue are proud to partner with HPE to bring our client’s tailored solutions across their IT environments. If you would like to discuss the best way to leverage an IT Roadmap across your business, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our friendly team members today.

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