Posts

IT Project Management in the Digital Age

We live in a digital age where good IT structures are crucial for organizations who want to remain productive and keep one step ahead of the competition. Even the smallest margin of quality in terms of your IT capabilities can make a huge difference, so concentrating your resources and efforts on enhancing your IT outlook should be a priority. After all, with the rapid evolution of technology, the potential that’s available could make a significant difference to the way your business operates. And, with IT project management, this can easily be achieved.

What Is IT Project Management?

Every aspect of your business needs to be driven by a plan and IT is no different. However, the intricacies and technical specifications of IT require specialist knowledge to understand the product. With an IT project management team in place, you can be guaranteed peace of mind that this knowledge will be applied correctly. Additionally, the experience the team brings will allow them to counter any problems caused by the speed of technology or even just the sheer size of the project.

Where Should IT Project Management Be Applied?

There are key areas of IT where you need to focus the energies and attentions of your project management team to deliver world class IT services in your business. The most important topics to concentrate on are:

  • Cloud Systems and Virtualization: The way in which we work has changed rapidly over the last decade and remote computing has emerged as the way forwards. Thanks to advancements in technology, cloud networks and virtual servers now offer sophisticated methods to suit the needs of any employee in any organization. Enhancing and simplifying the availability of system resources – such as a remote worker being able to access system files and apps – should be one of the priorities of IT project management.
  • Hardware and Network Upgrades: Keeping up to date with advances in technology gives you the opportunity to provide an unparalleled service to your customers and, just as importantly, help you keep one step ahead of your competition. A good IT project management team will help you to achieve this by keeping up to date with changes in hardware and network technology and identifying which ones will deliver a significant upgrade to your IT systems.
  • Implementing IT Services: The complexities of IT and its associated technology mean that mastering this aspect of business can be a tough ask. And, when it comes to implementing new IT services, it’s even tougher due to the number of variables at play. Time and budget, naturally, are the biggest concerns, but if you have experience on your side then you can rest assured that your project should proceed with the minimum of fuss. A good project management team, therefore, is crucial to see each and every project through efficiently.

Time to Install an IT Project Management Team?

Implementing a carefully picked management team, who can take your IT projects to the next level, will bring a level of experience and expertise that helps you remain competitive and customer focused. And, if you start now, you can begin to reap the benefits almost immediately.

Give us a call about your IT projects – current or future 0207 952 8123

IT Project Management: Planning for Digital Growth

IT Project Management for Growth

 Technology is now the undeniable cornerstone of every modern business and planning for the future means investments in systems upgrades to support your business growth.

While crafting an IT strategy can be difficult, following through on execution is even more of a challenge. However, effective project management helps you to stay close to the budget and time plan ensuing you get as near to your vision as possible.

                                                                      

Crafting your IT Strategy

Your IT project strategy should be a living document that outlines the role of technology in realising the business goals. This will include building any future capability as required, but also investing in upgrades and maintenance to make sure systems are up and running as and when they are needed.

The strategy should include a long-term vision for how you see technology evolving in your organisation. This can then in broken down in to a series of systems upgrades that help you realise your vision.

Some of the key things you will need to take into account as part of this strategy include:

  • Cloud systems – On premise infrastructure and software is being used less and less, with companies instead using cloud services like AWS. This can be a cultural shift for some organisations, moving from a CAPEX to OPEX model for IT financing.
  • Scalability – Will your existing systems scale to meet the demands of your growing business or customer base? How would you cope with a sudden surge in custom? These are questions that you should look to address, identifying where you are most likely to have problems, and articulating how you would overcome any scalability challenges.
  • Futureproofing – You don’t want to overinvest, or become overly reliant on a particular piece of technology today if you know it will be replaced in the short-term. You should look to build systems that will be able to adapt to future developments in technology, without needing to be fully revised.

IT Project Management

Each IT project helps you move towards the vision as set out in your IT strategy. Tight management of the various stakeholders for each project as well as budget and scope, will ensure you meet your mile-stones.

 

  • Scope – Altering the scope mid-way through a project can have a disastrous effect. A big part if project management is agreeing up front what needs to be delivered, and not letting resources be distracted away from this.
  • Time – Project management creates a sense of urgency which ensures that things are delivered on time. It also seeks to find solutions to potential challenges that would slow the project down.
  • Budget – You can’t afford to overspend on everything technology project that you implement. Project management helps you to look ahead at the milestones for various projects and make sure that any risks that are likely to cause costly slippages are highlighted and resolved.

For more information on IT project management and how it can help you achieve your long term strategic goals, don’t hesitate to get in touch and speak to one of our experts.