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|My IT Strategy|
My IT and Communication Strategy is primarily customer
oriented and based on the pillars of Business orientation, Top Management/
Decision Orientation, People orientation and Process Orientation.
Technology is off course the foundation. It is the driving force; it is
the means and not the end. The end objective is customer satisfaction.
My strategy identifies Customers of two types:
End customers of the company
Customers of IT department (Immediate Customers) - users of
The strategy is focused on both types of customers - the
immediate customer and the overall customer.
Technology is an enabler to satisfy some basic customer needs
and to provide innovative solutions to customer needs. Businesses get an
edge based on how innovatively technology is used, how much the customer
needs are anticipated, proactively considered, and technology-enabled
solutions offered before the competition.
My strategy keeps in mind that technology is for business and
not technology for technology sake. The
business objective of all computerization is not lost sight of.
The value of all IT efforts is assessed in terms of business
Management Orientation/ Decision Orientation
My IT Strategy provides useful information for top management
to make decisions on business strategies and options. It is not focused on
routine work reduction.
Orientation and Implementation Orientation
Most IT professionals ignore the People aspect of IT. Most
implementations fail because of people issues. My strategy puts strong
focus on people - people behavior, people psychology, psychology of
What is it that people resist,
What is it that they accept,
What type of people attitudes are involved which affect
What type of people are the leaders of change and how to use
them to enable change.
How to overcome the negative impact of slow changers and
Focus is on making software work for people (implementation).
My strategy emphasizes, "If the Software is not used by people it is
meant for, it is of zero value".
Orientation/ Re-engineering Processes
Several implementations fail because the process issues were
not given due importance, because the processes were automated as they
were without giving any thought to re-engineer them for the automation. My
strategy emphasizes the study of manual process, conceptualization of
optimal automated process, and then implementation of the automated
Technology Orientation has to be with a lot of caution. There is a tendency for technical specialists to get lost in technicalities. Technology interests them a lot and they tend to get swept into technical details, in perfecting technology rather than being more practical and using simple technology for business benefit. My strategy has a Technology focus which does not supersede business, a technology focus which does not lose sight of business objective.