Enterprise Strategy

Metatorial Services can help you decide exactly which types of systems and information will most advance your organization's aims. Our approach to strategy is deceptively simple, we merely ask you to answer this question:

What information should you deliver to which types of people to most significantly impact the goals of our organization?

Metatorial Services will help you come up with a prioritized list of good answers to this question. We will turn your answers into the specific policies and directives you need to align IT with your business goals. As your IT teams propose and execute projects, you can use your answers to this question to assure that they are always on track. As your executive team proposes and executes enterprise strategy, you can use your answers to advise and lead them. Better still, based on your strategy, you can make your own innovative proposals for systems that directly and creatively drive your organization forward.

Your systems can unify the creation and distribution of information to directly and creatively drive your organization forward.

A clear, simple sense of what information could be doing for your organization is the most important tool in your belt. For example, a health care institution might believe that an educated (read information-consuming) customer base will be healthier. A retailer might believe that if customers knew about their great deals they would surely buy more. A world aid organization might contend that if potential donors only knew, they would surely give, and if leaders only knew they would surely change policy. Whatever the sector, whatever the focus, the You must have a firm idea of what value information brings.

From simple propositions like the ones above, all the details of information management practice can grow like the roots and branches of a tree. The propositions spread roots to tap into more and more of the information you need. They grow branches to deliver information to more and more of the people that need it. The health-care proposition, for example, needs roots into more and more sources of good information on healthy living. It needs to branch out to more and more customers whose health is in jeopardy. Like a tree, at every point in its life the information management system is self-supporting; the roots are always sufficient to support and feed the branches. Information should not be collected if it will not be delivered. The branches provide the energy to grow the whole system; the gains from the information your system already provides should justify continued investment into the further growth of the system.

We can help you figure out what information can do for your organization. We'll walk you through the solid, specific steps you can take to assure that the information systems that you create result in the benefits you want. We'll teach you the simple concepts you can use to understand and direct most of the information endeavors in your organization (including intranets, portals, knowledge management systems and the many other management systems you have or need).

Your systems must branch out to deliver information in a variety of forms.

To make a good strategy work, you must be able and willing to reiterate your propositions over and over again. At some point, every conversation needs to come back to one of your simple propositions. "So how does this system you are proposing make our customers healthier?" a health care CIO might ask. An overall strategy results from an interlocking set of these simple propositions backed by a set of carefully staged plans that operationalize the propositions.

Let Metatorial Services help you craft, validate, and deliver a strategy that clearly and creatively aligns your information and information systems with the highest value enterprise objectives.

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