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.

Empower IT has helped several small and medium businesses minimise the costs and risks associated with poorly optimized IT entities. If you would like to reprioritise your IT strategy and achieve increased business benefits contact Empower IT 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 to your company.

IT Planning Services

IT Roadmap
An effective IT roadmap 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 roadmap 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 roadmap that can help increase operational efficiencies, minimise risk and ensure compliance.

There is never a good enough excuse for not having an IT roadmap. Contact the Empower IT right away to get a strategic IT roadmap 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 critical part of an organisation to ensure the business stays operational in the face of data loss or infrastructure failure. Empower IT’ 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 Business Continuity services include assessing your current business continuity plan against your company objectives, development of an optimised business continuity strategy, analyse 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, etc. 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.

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