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SWOT Analysis and IT Strategic Planning

If you have been through a management course you would have certainly come across the 4 management functions: planning, leading, organising and controlling. IT managers who only focus on the technical aspects of the job will fail in their primary role,  which is to manage the team. It is therefore important they know what their management functions are and how to perform them.
Planning
Planning is the process of looking forward in order to develop activities in advance. It encompasses defining goals, establishing a strategies to achieve those goals and developing a detailed plan to achieve a set of objectives. Planning is a vital part of the organisational and departmental strategic process, it establishes coordinated effort, reduces uncertainty and establishes goals and standards to use when reviewing organisational performance.
Organisations operate in two environments, internal and external.  Effective planning should include both, the internal and external, environments.
The internal …

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