Strategic Planning is the systematic clarification and documentation of what an organization wishes to achieve and how to achieve it. The objective of strategic planning is to set goals, action steps and measurements constructed to guide performance.
Entrepreneurs and business managers are often so preoccupied with immediate issues that they lose sight of their ultimate objectives. That’s why a business review or preparation of a strategic plan is a virtual necessity. A sound plan should:
- Serve as a framework for decisions or for securing support/approval.
- Provide a basis for more detailed planning.
- Explain the business to others in order to inform, motivate and involve.
- Assist with benchmarking and performance monitoring.
Within a business, strategic planning may provide overall direction and strategic management to a company or give specific direction in areas such as:
- Financial strategies
- Human resource/organizational development strategies
- Information technology deployments
- Marketing strategy
Investment Management for Technology
The demands on executives and managers to demonstrate sound decision-making capabilities are intensifying in today’s high-tech business environment.
Increased expectations of accountability and transparency, and the necessity to think and plan on a strategic level, cannot be met without reliable data and dependable analytical tools. Enterprise-level decision making, execution of strategic plans, evaluation of outcomes, and continuous process improvement are dependent on an organization’s ability to gather and manage information.
The fundamental premise of Investment Management for Technology is that technology investment decisions must be made and controlled by business leaders and aligned with the strategic goals and direction of the organization to deliver the best possible return.
What does Investment Management for Technology provide?
- A business methodology for managing IT investments
- A framework enabling leadership to make the important and costly decisions on when and how to invest in IT with a greater level of objectivity and transparency
- A series of standard, repeatable processes which not only facilitate management’s ability to make good investment decisions, but to oversee and control those investments
- A means of assessing IT investments as a basis for continuously improving future decision making
Project management is a methodical approach to planning and guiding project processes from start to finish. According to the Project Management Institute, the processes are guided through five stages: initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing. Project management can be applied to almost any type of project and is widely used to control the complex processes of software development projects.
There are a number of different types of project management methodologies such as those listed below:
- Critical Path Method (CPM)
- Critical Chain Project Management
- Six Sigma
ICS can assist your organization not only with the task of project management but also in helping you identify the right methodology for your organization.
Projects and Staffing
International Consulting Services (ICS) has assisted its clients in managing projects and has supplied highly trained, skilled and experienced staff since its inception in 2005.
An example of the skillsets available to ICS are:
- Strategic Planners
- Executive Coaches
- Procurement Experts
- Project Managers
- Information Technology Professionals
- Business Impact Analysis and Risk Assessment Experts
ICS and its consultants also have extensive experience in the implementation of technical solutions working with and on behalf of the client to ensure the appropriate solution and approach are selected and then to help ensure any solution provider meets its commitment.
Quality programs can cover a wide variety of skills and expertise. In today’s workplace quality has become an issue at all levels and within all functions of an organization. Traditionally associated with manufacturing environments, quality have employed methodologies such as Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing and ISO the International Standards Organization. In addition quality assurance and quality control are also used during the development of software solutions.
ICS can assist you and your organization with the implementation of quality initiatives at all levels within your organization. ICS consultants have experience in training staff in best practices for the development, implementation and maintenance of quality programs and the creation of processes, procedures and controls.
Using library and document management systems such as SharePoint ICS consultants can assist in the implementation of methodologies and tools that will assist in moving the quality bar in your organization to a whole new level.
In the days since 9-11, Hurricane Katrina and other major disasters, it has become increasingly important for businesses to be prepared for any kind of disruption to daily activities. Business Continuity Planning prepares an organization to be able to continue critical operations within a predetermined time after an event of any type that has disrupted service delivery.
Business Continuity Planning prepares an organization by identifying mission-critical processes that must continue in the face of a disruption. By identifying and documenting critical processes and alternative approaches to executing these processes, an organization will be prepared.
These alternative approaches to execution will take into account key elements such as when, where and by whom, taking into account the possibility that while the organization my be experiencing a disruption so may be many of its employees at an individual level.
Business Continuity Planning can also encompass and assist IT disaster recovery by helping identify critical systems through a business impact analysis (BIA) and risk assessment (RA). The BIA and RA will help the organization understand and identify system and application priorities.