5 tips for sound strategic planning

1. Keep business execs informed about what technology might make possible.

2. Involve everyone in the IT planning process, from the boardroom to the shop floor. It’s time-consuming, but it increases alignment and buy-in.

3. Write your strategic plan at the right level of detail; non-IS employees should be able to make sense of it. Save the network protocol acronyms for subdocuments and action plans.

4. Create a process for communicating your IT strategy to the company, and include a section on how you’re going to measure your progress toward the plan.

5. Use contingency and scenario planning but also have a process or organizational structure that allows rapid response to unforeseen events.

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