Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

Braithwaite McDonnell help organisations create clear strategic plans showing how capital and resources will be utilised to deliver key business outcomes through best use of technology and effective business change.

Clearly, having a good strategic plan is critical to ensuring that medium and long term significant change is well managed and business objectives are achieved. The plan ensures that the organisation's resources are aligned and provides clarity, particularly in terms of prioritisation and project justification.

However, creating a strategic plan that the organisation will rally behind and which can flex in today's turbulent business climate, is a major undertaking.

We assist organisations and their key departments to create realistic and deliverable strategic plans by:

  • Working with senior management to determine what the desired outcome should be, understanding the business drivers (time, competition, legislation, etc) and reviewing options based on our experience and an analysis of current developments;
  • Gaining a clear understanding of the current position; auditing or reviewing the areas, technologies and processes anticipated to be affected;
  • Working with 3rd party specialists, major vendors, industry analysts etc, as required to ensure that the best solutions are considered; 
  • Shaping a programme of work that moves the organisation from its current position to the desired changed state in incremental phases, each delivering their own benefits which contribute to the overall desired outcome, at a rate that is sustainable by the business.

Our strategic plans are presented in a clear and concise way with a definition of each phase including dependencies, timeframes, resource and budget requirements. Risks and issues are highlighted as are break points should these be needed. We then assist senior managers to present their plan and help champion its wider acceptance.

Colin Smith, September 2010
IT Director, Pinsent Masons LLP

"Jon Braithwaite assisted me with a review of the IT delivery to the firm and a subsequent benchmarking exercise, both of which set the roadmap for the strategic programme of work over the next three years. Jon was then instrumental in delivering key elements of this programme and also other initiatives undertaken during this period. Jon is extremely professional, polished, personable and driven. I would recommend Jon to any organisation which has a need to develop its project and programme delivery function or deliver a complex programme of work."

Richard Leonard, January 2008
Infrastructure Project Manager, Eversheds LLP

"Jon Braithwaite was my programme manager for over 2 years. Jon proved to be a great manager, always there when I needed a wise head to run options past. We became great friends, I admire Jon's ability to analyse problems at a holistic and macro level, he has a canny ability to spot problems before they even on the horizon. Jon has great energy and is good fun to work with. Thoroughly recommend Jon to any organisation that wants to 'Get it done'."