Why IT Architectural Plans Often Get Derailed

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-25-2017 Email

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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