Creating an IT strategy can be a trying time for a business, whether the business is new or a veteran. There are plenty of factors that go into the decisions needed to make the IT strategy effective and lasting. It needs to be something that benefits all parties at the end of the day, not just customers and not just the business itself. Incorporating elements that benefit both sides can be difficult at times, but in the long run it’s for the best. Here are just a few things to consider when you are creating an IT strategy.


Money being the lifeblood of a business, it makes sense that the IT strategy should be effective and efficient. However, this doesn’t mean that it should be so cheap it doesn’t do the job properly or so expensive that it bloats the response time or system to the point of becoming a hassle. It needs to be a balance, set between effect and efficiency. That means money needs to be a priority. Not just for when things go wrong, but to make sure things are going right too. IT should be there for the tough moments and the easy times. Every penny that is put forward should be invested in the smartest way possible, and that means making sure that they are on top of things from the start. The services should be affordable for you but with a price tag that can guarantee the product you’re getting.


It’s been said before, but aside from just the cost, the service provided should be efficient as well. No wasted time or effort, responses that come as soon as they are needed, and just enough stress to keep people on their toes. That may sound like it would hurt the infrastructure, but keeping people on task as much as possible means a little bit of pressure. IT should be monitoring the system around the clock to make sure they are on top of any issues that might crop up and either fix them before they get worse or get a headstart on fixing them before they become unbearable. IT should be ready for any threat and properly staffed and trained to handle whatever may come their way.


The point of having IT in the first place is the positive effect they have on the business. They need to definitively handle issues placed before them so that these problems don’t come up later on. IT should be focused on response time and how well they respond to the issue at hand, be it for a client or for the business itself. Many companies will simply say put the customer first, but you should strive to keep yourself and your clients on fairly equal ground. They come to you for your services and you go to them for a source of income. Since you both go hand in hand, you shouldn’t focus on just what the customer needs, but what would benefit both of you the best. If that means priority on your end, so be it. Keep up constant communication and keep IT supplied with everything they need.


Similar to the previous point, providing IT with everything they need to succeed is the best stance to take when creating a strategy. Make sure they have the hardware and software necessary to manage any problem that might come up. It might take a while to get things to a comfortable stage, but at the onset, they should be prepared for the worst, right off the bat. IT is a place of stress and salvation for many businesses, but if you implement a proper strategy, everything should go smoothly.