The hazards of removing time to plan are presented in this final video as we add the importance of early involvement if IT to big picture perspective.
- [Instructor] I wanted to use this topic to wrap up this chapter and the course as whole because everything we've talked about regarding site planning can only be achieved if the IT strategist is involved early. The biggest challenge faced by IT today is not the race between new devices and new needs the biggest challenge is that IT is often brought in too late to really capitalize on their expertise. Someone had a great idea and expects that IT can step in at the last minute and just make magic happen.
I blame my colleagues in IT for this. For decades, you've been stepping up and getting the job done and doing it well enough that the business world has come to expect that as the norm. That's the good part. The challenge with this approach is, while the job gets done, it's needlessly wasteful. Much like the earlier discussion on the big picture, it uses time poorly and it costs more in overtime and last minute needs. It also puts a drain on II's reputation when the project runs over on time or may still have too many bugs.
What we're trying to overcome is this practice that once we have the idea we spend so long fleshing it out that by the time we tell IT there isn't time to do the job well by the deadline and we have two choices. We can either try to cram it in to the time that we have available and risk making a lot more mistakes as we rush through or we could bring IT in earlier giving them time to plan execute and test their solution before they deploy it.
Involving IT early in your strategy, will help any organization in at least two ways. First, it will afford your IT team time to consider and brush up on the evolving technologies that specifically support your new plans. The network administrator and the IT strategist, whether they're different people or the same person, can work on strategic tactics to support the move before it happens. The project that they bring to the table has a shot at being a forward-thinking initiative that can facilitate the very things that are important to lead management.
Second, projects can be properly planned and executed. IT projects can go through adequate testing and can be implemented within budgets and timelines with fewer errors. Better technology, lower costs, happier teams all pulling toward the same goals, it doesn't get much better than that.
- Including IT in strategy
- What does IT bring to strategy?
- Communicating the big picture
- Selecting and evaluating the effectiveness of training and development activities
- Choosing the right hardware, platforms, and applications
- Who owns the devices?
- Site planning
- External and internal connectivity