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Developing a forward-looking architecture

I would like to develop a forward-looking architecture for my network, but the executive management doesn't see the need. How can I convince them that it's worth the time and effort?
Make sure your 'forward looking architecture' addresses real and specific needs within the company's business roadmap. When developing technology plans to address availability, capacity and/or security needs, you must be able to clearly identify HOW the costs associated to the effort will generate a return on investment (ROI). Typically ROI from a worthwhile IT project will be captured in one or more of the following ways:

  • New revenue as IT supports a stated new business objective (example: a new e-commerce package to support a business objective of achieving a percentage of revenue generated through online sales)

  • Cost savings through improved efficiency. Implementing or improving a service will cut overhead, thus saving money

  • Cost savings through improved service levels. If mission critical services are not available, people are not effective and that costs. The key to a successful project proposal is not just to define that revenue will be generated, or costs saved but to define HOW MUCH revenue will be generated or HOW MUCH costs will be saved in comparison to the total cost of the project.
  • This was last published in June 2003

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