IT Planning

A business without a plan, is a business planning to fail

IT planning involves understanding business objectives, assessing the current situation and laying a well-thought strategy about effectively allocating your time, capital and resources. A successfully implemented IT plan provides organisations with a competitive advantage and helps them reach their goals faster.

We help small and medium businesses minimise the costs and risks associated with poorly optimised IT entities. If you would like to reprioritise your IT strategy and achieve increased business benefits contact Empower IT Solutions for a quick quote. Whatever the nature and scale of disruption; an effective disaster recovery plan and optimised business continuity strategy can help minimise the impact on your company.

IT planning services

IT road map
An effective IT road map encourages a clear line of communication between the staff and management. It helps prioritise resources, projects and technology and act strategically while making investment decisions.

A company without an effective IT road map lacks alignment between projects and budget leading to increased technology costs and/or missed deadlines. Empower IT specialises in analysing business goals and creating a realistic IT road map that can help increase operational efficiencies, minimise risk and ensure compliance.

There is never a good enough excuse for not having an IT road map. Contact us to get a strategic IT road map according to your business vision.

IT disaster recovery
Whether it be a system crash, or a natural disaster, or a theft or possibly a fire? Yes, you might be insured, but what do you do when hundreds of clients’ files are lost and you need to start from scratch? An inadequate disaster recovery plan could incur significant businesses costs.

IT Disaster Recovery is a critical part of an organisation to ensure the business stays operational in the face of data loss or infrastructure failure. Empower IT Solutions disaster recovery consulting services have been designed to analyse a wide range of potential risks and offer the best plan and processes to minimise risks from events that are outside your span of control.

Business continuity
Business continuity is the main talk of the town in an age where data is essential for continuity. If you are a business operating in 2016 and believe that technology is the strongest differentiator for competitiveness, then you are right. But that is the least of it, what happens when all your time and effort is put in, and a disaster occurs?

Empower IT Solutions business continuity services includes:

  • assessing your current business continuity plan against your company objectives,
  • developing an optimised business continuity strategy,
  • analysing your ability to meet the business continuity plan, and
  • advising the steps to reduce exposure to business risks by way of infrastructure planning.

Steps involved in IT planning

Analysing your IT environment
The most basic thing you can do is find out exactly what you work with, from equipment to connections, to services. How can a business ensure protection without knowing what to protect?

Documenting everything
Once you have identified all your current equipment, connections, and services, you then need to be sure you could flesh out the entire inventory and gather as much information as possible!

Identifying your priorities
In the case of a disaster, you may not be able to save everything. Or the case may arise when you will need to identify the components that are most essential to get you back up and running again. This is all to ensure that your business is continuing in their drive.

Aligning your business goals
You cannot act, unless everything that you do to ensure business continuity, is re-aligned with your business goals and objectives. If you plan on saving the relevant information, then you need to make sure that the priorities align with the goals of your business.

Converting it all into a plan
Now is the time to turn it all into a plan which will function after minor hiccups or dire failures. This process involves turning the information you have gathered into a successful business continuity plan.

Looking beyond your IT setting
If the disaster is large enough, the planning for hardware and software failure might not be enough. Consider the following 5 matters; your site, your power, public utilities, internet access and people.

Test your equipment, connections and services. Test, and test again.

Download: IT Business Continuity Plan guide