Step 9.2 - Notes for the IAP Template

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					  9.2 Notes for the Infrastructure Action Plan Template

1. Executive Summary
  Write this section last.

  This is a succinct summary of your entire Infrastructure Action Plan with specific
  focus on changes/projects proposed, costs involved and expected timelines.

  The Executive Summary is the single most important section of your plan and in
  many cases it is the only section that management will actually read. Your Executive
  Summary should be one to three pages long and should persuade management that
  your suggested plan is the best course of action for your company.

  Summarize the key points that you discuss in the rest of this document. Include
  highlights such as key projects you will undertake and some of your department’s

  For your plan to be truly successful, you need senior management to approve and
  champion it. Take extra care to make sure that your executive summary is

2. Infrastructure Planning Committee
  If you are resourced to have an ongoing Infrastructure Planning Committee, list the
  members here. Include Name, Title, Department and Phone Number. If the scenario
  calls for a committee of one – namely, you – simply indicate your contact information

3. Business Strategy as Understood by the IT Department
  It is very important that your Infrastructure Action Plan is driven by your company’s
  overall business objectives. Use the information that you gathered in Stage 2 to fill in
  your understanding of your company’s overall strategy. Specifically, focus on the
  following tools to help populate this section:

      “2.1 Company History & Background” (from Step 1)

      “2.2 Company Description” (from Step 2)

      “2.4 Business Unit Core & Goals” (from Step 4)

Description: Optimizing Your IT Infrastructure: Info-Tech’s Step-By-Step Consulting Methodology Squeezing the most efficiency and effectiveness out of your IT department is important at any time. But it’s even more critical when budgets are tight. If your organization views IT as a cost center, you could be vulnerable to budget-cutting forces outside of IT that try to pare down every department based on bottom line numbers. To avoid this, you need to build a value proposition within your organization, one where IT – and the underlying infrastructure on which your business operates – is viewed as a fundamental driver of corporate success and represents a key competitive advantage of your overall organization. This starts at a very high level through a defi nition of IT strategy and a linkage between IT and organizational goals. Once you have published your IT strategy document, and your vision, mission, and values statements are hanging on the wall, it’s time to delve into the details that make your infrastructure far more than the mere sum of its parts.
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