Business Strategy drives IT Strategy and IT decisions

As the leader of an small not-for-profit organization, how do you evaluate your organization’s Information Technology? My proposition is that you start with this one question: How does our IT serve our strategic plan? Everything flows from that question.

Your strategy was created to serve your mission, and your technology is there to operationalize the strategy. As you add or remove elements of your technology, you score according to their contribution to that strategy.

What hardware and software do you need? That’s driven by the data you need for that strategy, as well. Data drives the specific technology decisions.

On July 21, 2011, I spoke about developing a technology strategy to a group of not-for-profit leaders at a meeting sponsored by Good Works Connect, on behalf of Lumity, It was the hottest day of the summer in Mattoon, IL, but we had a great discussion.