Information systems strategic plan (ISSP)

The term ISSP can mean many things, some of the more interesting include:

International Social Survey Programme
Institute for Solid State Physics
Information Systems Strategic Plan
International Space Station Program
Information Systems Security Professional
Information System Security Program
Interim Interswitch Signalling Protocol
Issue-Specific Security Policy
Interservice Supply Support Procedure/Program
International Society for the Study of Pain
However, the ISSP that we are writing about here is Information Systems Strategic Planning which became popular in the 90’s but seemed to go out of favour in the early parts of this century in favour of more solution-based approaches.

Recently, information systems strategic planning has become popular amongst our clients. But whereas a lot of ISSPs from the 90s were very detailed and large, CIOs today are looking for a plan that not only leads their teams thinking but communicates with the rest of their organisation in a way that is easily consumed. CIOs and CEOs are also wanting their ISSPs to be measurable and achievable so that progress can be demonstrated.

ISSPs need to provide the affiliation of aligning information technology to an organisation’s overall strategic planning and clearly set out the use of technology to help realise these goals.

In our view an ISSP should ensure that technology activities are properly aligned with the current and future needs and strategies of the organisation including:

aligning technology with other business initiatives
gaining competitive advantage
increasing payback from technology (or reducing cost)
increasing executive management commitment
improving communication with users
forecasting and allocating technology resource requirements
reducing risk
Probity has undertaken a number of ISSP assignments in recent months, from this we have been able to refine our methodology and deliverables to ensure delivery of an ISSP that is:

cost effective
user-friendly for all staff
forms the basis for detailed planning, financial planning, communications etc
Our process is best suited for organisations with moderate to complex IS planning needs.

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