Begin with the end in mind
When it comes to creating an effective IT strategy, it’s common for companies to become “too close” to a project or their business situation. That’s when an objective, experienced outside expert can add tremendous strategic value, and overcome common roadblocks such as:
- Gaining internal consensus as to goals, challenges and opportunities
- Challenging the status quo and “that’s the way we’ve always done it” mentality
- Identifying how your IT strategy can produce efficiency, growth, profitability and competitive advantage within budget requirements
We help build consensus and move the ball forward
Too many valuable IT projects get held up in perpetual discussions and debates. Trabon’s expert team provides actionable assessments and planning services that address short- and long-term business goals, and existing and potential challenges.
Find out how our business-first IT Strategy and Consulting services can future-proof your business. Because every business is different and has ever-changing needs, we offer three levels of assessment and practical deliverables — IT Organizational Review, Technology Roadmap and IT Strategy.
how it works
We conduct a preliminary discovery meeting with you to better understand what’s driving the need to improve your company’s IT performance and/or planning. This is at no cost and lets us appropriately scope and focus our effort on what’s most important to you and achieving your business goals.
We then schedule a series of interviews with the appropriate key stakeholders and another more in-depth interview with leadership. During these interviews, we are seeking to gain a deeper understanding of:
- The company’s business goals and strategy
- The performance issues across all stakeholders and departments
- Current organizational structure, key processes and the IT group’s mix of skill sets and experience
We then analyze our findings to create a gap analysis to determine the investments that will be necessary to achieve your company’s business goals.
Finally, we use the insights from the gap analysis to develop an IT Roadmap, complete with timeframes, budgetary and resourcing information necessary to achieve the plan. The IT Roadmap is right-sized to your specific situation and may include recommendations for improving your:
- IT planning and governance
- IT operational and support processes
- Network, cybersecurity and disaster recovery capabilities
- Overall operational efficiencies and market competitiveness
- IT group’s effectiveness and accountability
- IT cost structure and total cost of ownership
At this point, we can either hand off the IT Roadmap for you to execute alone, or if you prefer, we can lead the execution of the plan.
Client: P&C Insurance Provider
Issue: Unable to scale business using current core operating system.
Solution: Developed IT roadmap to provide a comprehensive plan for the replacement of the company’s core operating system. Resulted in a current state/future state gap analysis of all technical infrastructure and a recommended new platform strategy with considerations to potential operational impacts and mitigating risks.
Client: Agriculture Cooperative
Issue: Improve IT group’s performance in support of co-op’s rapid growth.
Solution: Conducted review of IT organization to assess its ability to successfully support achieving the company’s strategic growth goals over the next 3 – 5 years. Resulted in recommendations to increase IT staff by two, remix IT skill sets to align with business strategy, invest in technical infrastructure upgrades, and implement a new project governance structure to more effectively evaluate the business value of projects and prioritize them appropriately.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a true CIO on staff, then we would likely recommend that they lead the execution of the plan. If you don’t, we can provide a Fractional CIO to play that role.
To conduct an initial assessment and provide high-level recommendations with associated rationale can take as little as 2- 3 weeks.
Developing and documenting an IT strategy enables you to maximize IT performance while optimizing IT budgets and significantly reducing the risk of catastrophic events. To operate without an IT strategy is to ignore a critical success factor of modern business. Those who do, typically suffer negative impacts to their bottom-line.
When I joined the company, we quickly identified the need to enhance our systems, processes, and data mining abilities to position the company for growth. To do this, we knew that we would need to bring in outside expertise. After extensive discussions, we chose Trabon Solutions. They brought in a highly seasoned consultant that was able to quickly understand the complexity of our multiple business segments, gain a high level of trust with our associates, and identify the opportunities and gaps that existed in our systems and process. Trabon delivered well above expectations in both timeline and recommendations. With our limited staff and knowledge base of what exists, engaging Trabon has saved us considerable time, money, and frustration over the option of us doing this ourselves.
- Chief Operating Officer, Footwear Manufacturer and Wholesaler
We devoted three months to preparing for this project and selecting a new software development partner to do the work. We ultimately chose Trabon and we couldn’t be happier with our choice. As a company, they’re a real pleasure to work with. We found their consultants to be exceptional, and their depth of knowledge and leadership style both confidence building and refreshing. Our project was a major success. We plan to partner with them again in the future.
- Project Controls Manager, Construction Company
"Our new system has enabled us to grow our online sales from just 1% to over 25% of our annual revenue, significantly increasing our profitability in the process."
- Chief Operating Officer, National Sign Distributor