Navigating Your Way Through an IT Road Map

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Decide What Is Necessary … And Start There

It's tempting to put the horse before the cart — to create an elaborate roadmap of where you'd like to go. But start simple. What is absolutely critical to both your IT infrastructure and your operations?

First, evaluate your current technology. What hardware and software needs upgrading and when? What organizational changes do you need to make? What's your disaster recovery plan in the event your servers fail or your data is compromised?

The above considerations should be your first line of defense; take care of what you have before you take the time and money to improve upon infrastructure and process.

When was the last time you held an honest-to-goodness map in your hands, squinting at the minuscule print as you tried to pinpoint the curves in the road? You've probably ditched that glove box navigation companion for a GPS system some time ago, automating your route in the process.

However, you didn't ditch the need for the map.

Similarly, if your company plans to develop an IT roadmap to serve as a blueprint for its agile development efforts, you'll have to grab that magnifying glass and compass to chart the best course for your business.

Often, when undertaking this roadmapping task, personnel — whether internal IT staff or a consulting firm — may get in over their heads. In this slideshow, Himanshu Sareen, CEO of Icreon Tech, has identified four essential points organizations should consider to ease their roadmap creation process.


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