Client Requirement and Business Drivers
As the Institute continues to increase its reliance upon IT to deliver an expanding set of services in accordance with its own business objectives, it was imperative that the latest IT strategy focused on the real priorities and resulted in making the correct high-level technical decisions.
The client therefore decided that it was essential to engage with an independent, expert advisor to analyse the three strategic initiatives that were crucial to the continued success of the Institute.
The business drivers for this engagement can be summarised as follows:
- The client’s IT strategy focused on interpreting the business objectives and aligning to it. The client sought assurance that the alignment of the proposed IT strategy was justifiable and appropriate
- The client had identified a significant infrastructure upgrade project; a high level of confidence had to be established within the business, to ensure that the project would meet the tight business driven timescales, budget constraints and agreed deliverables
- Server virtualisation was considered as part of the infrastructure project as the Institute recognised the many advantages to be gained; the client wished to establish that the proposition from the potential vendor would deliver projected benefits
- The client recognised the potentially disastrous impact on brand and reputation that would arise from any security related incident; in the context of the business plans, advice was sought on updating of the Institute’s policies, procedures and technical safeguards to protect their reputation