Why Take Strategic IT Advice?
Ensuring investment in IT is exactly that, an investment and not merely expenditure, is critical if IT is to be leveraged as an effective tool to help deliver your business' goals. IT strategy consulting from Cantarus gives our clients a clearly documented plan to ensure maximum return on IT investment is achieved. A well-developed and regularly updated IT strategy can deliver enormous savings combined with often even greater productivity increases and we would suggest taking strategic advice is the first thing that should be one by clients before any significant investment in IT is undertaken.
On the face of it, anyone working every day in the IT industry can provide IT strategy consultancy. Such a person is likely to have a level of IT knowledge far superior to a typical Managing Director, C-Level Executive or other senior executive in a non-IT field. However, the difference between 'being in IT' and being qualified to give strategic IT advice to other companies is enormous, though difficult to define and hence difficult to assess. This is further complicated by the fact that the quality of IT strategy advice is usually very difficult to assess until the future time period in question has passed, by which time the clarity of hindsight usually comes far too late.
Perhaps the best way to assess the capabilities of a supplier of IT strategy consulting is to look at the supplier's experience and prior success elsewhere - precisely why you can trust Cantarus to provide you with the very best advice that will most favourably position your business to strengthen its competitive position going forwards.
The provision of IT strategy consulting services is perhaps the single most demanding area within Cantarus' service portfolio.
A general knowledge of the IT industry, perhaps founded on academic qualifications but certainly developed by years of day-to-day immersion in the IT world, is an obvious pre-requisite.
General knowledge of how the business landscape operates, with perhaps specialist knowledge of a particular client's geographical area, industry, competitors and/or regulatory environment are requirements that are often overlooked. An IT expert is of no use in the provision of strategic advice if this knowledge is lacking.
The Crucial Element
Finally, the provision of good strategic consultancy requires the ability to listen to the client. It's the only way the consultant can truly understand where the Client wants to be. This is at the core of Cantarus' strategic consulting methodology.