The ICT strategy is always a difficult document to write. Getting the balance between the strategic, which it is supposed to be, and the tactical, which is what people want to see is a challenge. I am not sure if I have got this balance right. In fact I am sure. Over the last seven years of the strategy it has not had the traction which I would have liked. I have also not got the balance right between the implicit and the explicit. This was done on purpose as I wanted to give a sense of direction rather than an absolute plan. There are no absolutes in this world especially in ICT. I need it to be something better.
This year we are going to do something a little different. The council has too many strategies which at times seem to compete against each other. Decisions are made in accordance with whichever strategy suits your needs best. That’s the beauty of having too many. They are like standards. You always have a choice about which one to use.
Our technology doesn’t necessarily need a strategy. It is there to support the overall strategic direction of the business. It will be the same with money, people, buildings and information.
Instead of a strategy then, I am going to try and write a technology direction statement. I am going to try and fit it all on one page. A virtual page of course but I think it’s going to be a big one. I am going to describe our objectives, our principles, our markets, our major programmes and our technologies. I’m going to add stuff that I haven’t thought about. It needs to be concise enough to be understood but big enough to cover the breadth of what we do. It could also do with some pictures, an infographic, but that may be pushing it too far.
I have set some time aside to get on with it.