Navigating Your Way Through an IT Road Map

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Look at What You Need

For the publishing company example, does it make more sense to upgrade the advertising team's existing client relationship management (CRM) system by integrating new automated lead generation? Or should you focus on automating the editors' workflow processes, freeing them up so they can produce more stories for publication each month? Or does it make sense to create bandwidth and free up finances for both?

Which will generate more revenue for the company? Which will help free internal resources to ultimately create revenue down the line? What fits into your current technology stack, and what doesn't? Whether it adds to the top line or the bottom, make sure you have some financial basis for making the changes you envision.

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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