In a recent issue of Inside Internal Control, I discussed a report on why small and medium-sized businesses should take information technology strategy and planning seriously. Essentially, according to the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, if you don't strategize your IT, you're probably wasting time and money just keeping up, when you could be using your resources to support your strategic business plan.
Well, I hope you didn't rush away after reading that piece and create and implement an IT strategy...
You already know how important information technology is to your business. You've got a website that pushes your brand and maybe even sells your products; you've got an internal network that connects all of your employees to each other and the documents they need; you've got company email to manage, and maybe a bunch of cellphones and BlackBerrys to keep track of; you've got security cameras, passwords, log-ins and keycards; and you've got employee management systems covering attendance, payroll, benefits and more. If any of these fails, you've also got a big problem.
I'm in the middle of a pretty large home renovation project right now, which means there's a great big hole in my basement floor and the foundation is fully exposed. It's been that way for weeks now. The reno project isn't delayed due to lack of hard work, it's the planning that's causing the problems. I'm waiting on this and I'm waiting on that. I can fill the hole, but I can't do it until the plumber comes and does his thing. If you're running a business or managing work and workers, I'm sure you have some idea of what I'm talking about.
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