An IT strategy is typically a long-term action plan for achieving a goal, set in the context of a rapidly changing technology environment. For any IT strategy to be effective it must have measurable links to a business strategy - and it is here that many IT strategies fail.
Oakleigh consulting with their wide experience in both business and technology areas across both public and private sector are accustomed to providing advice as to how best these links may be effectively put in place.
Too often IT strategy is seen as a 'one-off' exercise - perhaps a refresh of last years strategy, with only the buzz-words changed to reflect a changing technology scenario.
In our experience, the most effective IT strategies are those which not only link to a business strategy, but also combine tactics and logistics. We do not claim this as a unique insight - such a view can be traced back to Clause von Clausewitz, often referred to as the 'father of strategy', in his major work 'On War'. Saving Changes...
"Impartial observers from other planets would consider ours an utterly bizarre enclave if it were populated by birds, defined as flying animals, that nevertheless rarely or never actually flew. They would also be perplexed if they encountered in our seas, lakes, rivers and ponds, creatures defined as swimmers that never did any swimming. But they would be even more surprised to encounter a species defined as a thinking animal if, in fact, the creature very rarely indulged in actual thinking."