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A few years ago, I wrote a series of stories on IT strategy development. It was based on my experience in developing technology strategies across several different businesses. But since then, I think there have been some big changes and thought a quick update would be worthwhile.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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According to a recent post at Gartner, environmental sustainability is a key indicator of corporate performance. However, there’s a problem: there’s no standard way of measuring indicators in a consistent and universally accepted way. The good news is that the market is developing and delivering the tools needed for measurement.

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Knowing and understanding the needs of your business is one thing but delivering them is where the rubber hits the road for IT departments. Translating the requirements of key organizational stakeholders into solutions is a critical element of your IT strategic plan is where your team’s technical skills and delivery capability can shine.

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Yesterday, we started looking at the process of developing an IT strategic plan. The first stage was about understanding the needs of the business. Armed with that knowledge, you can now embark on the next step -- planning how you’re going to meet those needs.

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Over the next four afternoons, we’re going to take a look what you need for your IT strategic plan so that it doesn’t end up as another ignored document that sucked up a bunch of valuable resources. The first stage is getting the business engaged.