Why IT Architectural Plans Often Get Derailed

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-25-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why IT Architectural Plans Often Get Derailed

    Despite the need for digital transformations, companies are falling short in developing long-term technology architecture planning to successfully modernize IT.
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    Long and Short
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    Just 11% of survey respondents said their company conducts long-term IT architecture planning that's built around business groups, while 64% do this only on a year-to-year or project-to-project basis.
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    Another 25% said their company does not conduct any formal IT architecture planning.
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    63% of survey respondents said their organization needs to plan better for IT infrastructure, and 53% said the same about software development.
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    51% said their company needs to plan better for data needs, and 48% said the same about cyber-security.
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    Top Benefits of IT Architectural Planning

    Improved collaboration between the IT and business groups: 36%, Greater ability to prioritize investments: 36%, Easier evaluation of existing architecture to support long-term goals: 35%
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    Lack of budget: 40%, Lack of knowledge about involved IT models and components: 32%, Difficulty in combining existing architecture with new components: 31%, Failure to gain buy-in from different parts of the organization: 28%
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    38% of the survey respondents said they focus on the usability of solutions when evaluating technology, while 37% said they focus on the various solutions' impact on productivity.
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    52% said they need their senior leadership to support and fund tech initiatives in order to reach the cutting edge of IT utilization, while 46% cited the need to identify and quickly implement innovation.
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    Email: 68%, Business productivity: 57%, Web presence: 53%, Financial management: 51%, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP): 49%
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    51% of survey respondents said their organization has launched an internet of things (IoT) initiative, is experimenting with one or plans to start one next year.
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    32% said they will need new data analysis software to pursue the IoT, and 30% said they'll need additional storage capabilities.
 

The majority of organizations know that they need to do a better job of planning for IT infrastructure, software development, data needs and cyber-security. But surprisingly few of them actually take part in long-term, tech-focused architectural planning, according to a recent survey from CompTIA. The accompanying report, "Planning a Modern IT Architecture," indicates that most companies assign these efforts on a shorter-term, year-to-year or project-to-project basis. Given the increased significance of digital transformation, it remains critical to pursue broad, comprehensive strategies through close collaboration with business departments. But, to do so, CIOs and their tech teams will have to overcome obstacles in the form of budget shortfalls and a failure to gain buy-in throughout the company. "Organizations see real benefits from better planning, such as improved collaboration between IT and business teams, and a greater ability to evaluate current technologies against long-term objectives and to prioritize investments," said Seth Robinson, senior director of technology analysis for CompTIA. "By connecting the construction of IT architecture to overall corporate objectives, [companies] will be better informed about the options available and the tradeoffs involved when selecting devices, applications or operational models." Representatives of an estimated 500 U.S. companies took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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