In this dynamic era of Information Technology, it has never been so fundamental for business to develop the right IT strategy for success. Organisations need to be able to respond quickly and easily to changing market conditions, customer preferences or competitor activity. This places new demands on the organisation’s technology platform and on its IT function to not only exploit technology to create value, but to do it as quickly as possible.
Technology that transforms the way organisations work.
You need an IT Strategy that evaluates the business requirements against the technical tools available, that embraces change management to ensure longevity and effectiveness.
Nobu ensure that IT Strategy plans are not written solely by IT departments which may produce results that don’t necessarily take into consideration the overall business objectives. However, IT Strategies written solely from a business perspective are rare and tend to be naive as they do not reflect the ‘art of the possible’, even though they are deemed realistic and achievable.
Nobu believes that with technology transforming the way organisations work and the way in which IT functions deliver solutions, there should also be a change in the way the organisation sets the overall direction for technology.
The classic strategy approach usually has a three- to five-year time horizon in line with an organisation’s vision and business strategy. However, as digital markets move more quickly than traditional markets, Nobu believes that focusing purely on long-term goals and plans can limit the organisation’s ability to respond to the inevitable changes that will happen over much shorter timescales. That is why Nobu adopts an agile approach to technology strategy that enhances the need for speed and flexibility
Target operating Model
As companies are looking to transition from vertical closed silos to open horizontal components to create in-house agility and responsiveness, so Technology Operation Models need to be redefined. Departments will need to adapt dynamically, re–configuring themselves as needed to address the changing and ever-more challenging demands of their markets.
Is it time to be more agile?
This repositioning has significance well beyond cost and restoring the expertise of the in-house IT department: it also impacts the future direction and configuration of a company’s services. There’s also a hugely beneficial impact on cost reduction by, for instance, moving from established in-house services to a cloud provider.
The implications of these changes have yet to be fully understood in many organisations. The role of technology needs to escape its traditional cycle of narrow thinking – such as making an existing transaction marginally less inefficient than before.
Nobu believes that as companies are looking to transition from their fossilising vertical technology towers this provides the catalyst for dismantling inefficient vertical organisational structures. It’s the perfect moment to align organisation and technology operating models to deliver fast, flexible, high quality data-driven services that have been rebuilt around the customer and able to respond quickly to evolving technical and socio-economic demands.