IT strategy consulting


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Break the cycle of outdated and unread IT strategies

Tandem CIO start by understanding your key business drivers and business objectives. What are the key success metrics? Are there certain areas of technology currently constraining your business? Do you have technical limitations and requirements? Do you have an IT strategy framework or IT strategy plan?

We will provide your firm with qualified advice in all relevant CIO topics, for example – digital transformation, IT modernisation, IT strategy definition and operationalisation, cost management, risk and compliance and act as a sounding board. Any organisation relies on a stable, reliable, future-oriented and customer centric IT. A successful IT delivery is a strategic business partner producing real value for your organisation and is therefore critical to develop alignment with business. Having a  strategic IT plan is crucial for the growth of your business. Tandem CIO have a team of IT strategy consultants.

IT strategy, IT Strategy Consulting
IT strategy, IT Strategy Consulting

IT strategy - the challenge

  • The speed of business is faster than ever before. This means that IT has a limited amount of time to consider business plans, understand their implications, and adapt. This is a strategic consideration.
  • Most IT departments lack the skill to develop an IT strategic plan, resulting in a staggering 92% of IT departments surveyed claiming their IT strategies were less than adequate.
  • Organizations spend enormous amounts of money on IT but cannot see its ROI or the value that IT adds to the organization.

Our advice:

Critical insight - IT strategy consulting

  • Create an IT strategy based on business needs – not just intuition.
  • Move away from a superfluous strategic plan to clearly visualize the target state.
  • Articulate in terms that the business uses to ensure comprehension and compliance.

Impact and result

  • Develop the IT strategy based on the business context.
  • Clearly demonstrate how IT will meet the changing needs of the organization by showing where IT is and where IT wants to be to its stakeholders.
  • Show the clear alignment of the IT strategy to the organizational goals.

Digital transformation

Digital transformation is the integration of digital technology into all areas of an organisation, which will make a fundamental change in the way
your company operates and delivers value to clients. Organisations are also required to make cultural changes, continually challenging the status quo and experimenting; and when things go wrong, accept and adjust accordingly Whether your organisation is a small business or large enterprise, digital transformation should be a non negotiable part of the IT strategy. It is inextricably linked to the level of competitiveness a business has in its particular niche. The days of the yellow pages is long gone, and business leaders have to understand that we live in a rapidly changing digital world. Unfortunately many business owners fail to understand what digital transformation actually means. Is there a process to follow? Do we need to design new job descriptions to ensure a framework for digital transformation is created for the company, or do we hire a consulting service like Tandem CIO? Does our IT business strategy need a radical transformation? Will it be too costly to offer a full time post to a senior executive, or would outsourcing to a consultancy specialising in strategic transformation, save costs and dramatically improve the company’s IT transformation
CIOs and IT leaders need to understand and come to terms with the reality of a fast changing digital world. This can be a time consuming exercise and we would argue that outsourcing this to digital transformation experts is the way to go. Technology plays a critical role in an organisation’s ability to evolve, compete and possibly dominate a market, increasing value to clients. You may have a vision, but can your company design a digital transformation framework and overcome the various hurdles, successfully implementing and executing a digital transformation value chain. It actually doesn’t matter how far down the road a company is in its digital transformation journey. Even organisations well versed in the digital transformation process face tough ongoing hurdles. It is very difficult to apply the same digital transformation strategy to all entities. There is no “one plan fits all” and this sometimes means making fundamental changes, deviating from long-standing business processes that companies were built upon. There are new IT trends and processes that are still being defined
Digital transformation often involves a change in leadership, a different mindset, the rewarding of innovative thinking and new business models. The use of technology is paramount in improving the experience and productivity of your company’s employees, clients, suppliers, partners and stakeholders. The question is whether the high cost of employing a CIO to infuse these changes is prudent, or whether a company like Tandem CIO could step up, fill that gap on a temporary basis and get the job done. With a proven record and a team of highly accomplished and experienced digital transformation experts, a consultant should, without doubt, be an important consideration. It will cost less and bring on new ideas, coaching and expertise. An organisation needs astute leadership and culture to understand data analytics, technologies and software, as well as the ability to implement new business models and automated operations, while still keeping your team onboard with the changes
Companies that want to survive, expand and succeed must understand how to merge technology with strategy. Speed has become a business necessity in the 4th Industrial Revolution. IT leaders have to show that their digital initiatives and strategies continue to translate to increased agility and speed for the entire company. Bold initiatives must be actively supported by creative plans, digital strategies and indeed, digital transformation. The CIO has to implement this while managing the day to day operational issues, service delivery, and the random, unexpected curved balls that so often come their way in the digital space, such as a major virus or information breach. Tandem CIO are at the forefront of digital transformation consultancy, working with organisations in Southern Africa and East Africa

Are you ready to take your IT team to the next level of maturity?