Curtis+Cartwright: strategy and governance

Governance is fundamental to ensuring that a business is managed effectively, ethically and wisely. A sound business strategy means an organisation is doing the right things now and in the future. Good business and technology strategies ensure that technology is deployed to achieve business benefit and is aligned with business needs that reflect the overall business strategy. This, in turn, needs to support and be supported by appropriate business processes and information management. Strategy needs to be developed in the context of the organisation and its unique and dynamic mix of people, business processes, technology and culture.

We develop and review strategy, policy, plans and business processes and we also develop organisational, management and governance approaches. We can do this for specific technologies, or for technology-rich organisations.

Our work

Case study: UK information assurance strategic review

We supported the Cabinet Office in a strategic review of their information assurance products and services workstream. The review built on past activities and emerging new approaches to a national strategy for information assurance. This work took place during the conduct of the Data Handling Review. Our strategic plan brought together new concepts, needs and activities in order to inform IATP during CSR07.

Case study: police IT strategy

We undertook an independent review of a Police IS/IT strategy, making recommendations regarding the need to improve the linkage between business needs and technology. Three years later, we conducted a second review which emphasised the increasing importance of information sharing and information assurance.

We have a toolkit of analytical and soft techniques to help us achieve successful outcomes. The choice of tools depends on the nature of an assignment. For example, for shorter term planning our approach would be to develop a thorough understanding of the business need using a variety of information gathering techniques and then develop and assess strategic options and an implementation plan, including plans for organisation, management and governance. For long-term planning we might use horizon scanning and scenario planning to develop and explore, in partnership with our clients, scenarios of the future in order to test different strategic plans and assumptions.

We believe that the key elements of our success are listening to and understanding the client, a rigorous emphasis on stakeholder engagement, with a strong ability for problem solving, lateral thinking and pragmatism. These allow us to develop and review strategies acceptable to stakeholders within complex strategic environments often involving difficult realities, trade-offs and difficult-to-compare elements.

We strongly believe that our commitment to client involvement throughout an assignment allows our strategic advice to be the best possible, being both pragmatic and acceptable to all stakeholders involved.

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