Leveraging IT for Competitive Advantage


With the increasing reliance on the digital delivery of services, the importance of information technology is moving from being a corporate service to the driver of business growth. IT isn’t simply an enabler of better services, it is now a key differentiator that can make or break a business.

Given the significant costs in implementing new technologies, ensuring the appropriate alignment of IT investments with the strategic direction of the organisation is paramount. Failure to achieve this alignment will result in cost overruns, dissatisfied stakeholders, missed business opportunities and ultimately poor business performance.

Braestone uses an enterprise architecture approach to strategic planning that enables organisations to better visualise and communicate the opportunities that IT can offer a business. This approach assesses the current business and IT related capabilities, identifies future needs and consolidates them into a comprehensive, enterprise-wide plan to guide implementation projects.

Braestone’s approach always focuses on the achievement of realistic and practical outcomes. Our approach is tailored to suit each organisation’s maturity and specific requirements.
Work that we have undertaken in this area includes the following:


Department of Fire and Emergency Services – IT Strategy

Braestone was commissioned to develop an IT Strategy to meet a range of operational challenges. In particular, we examined the organisational structure and capabilities of the IT area and recommended areas of capability uplift. New system requirements were identified together with improved governance and project management capabilities. The recommendations were supported by an Implementation Roadmap which was subsequently reviewed and approved by the corporate leadership team. Department of Fire and Emergency Services remains a major customer of Braestone and we continue to assist in the implementation of key recommendations from the strategy.


New South Wales Insurance Company – Enterprise Architecture Strategy

This NSW-based Braestone customer is a provider of specialised professional indemnity insurance services. Braestone was recently commissioned to undertake the development of an enterprise architecture strategy for the organisation. This involved engagement with senior executive stakeholders in understanding current and future business strategies and constraints, examining information systems’ capabilities, and defining improvement to the information, systems and technology environment covering a 3-year time frame. The strategy is now providing the basis to IT investment decision making moving forwards.


PTTEP Australasia – Enterprise Architecture Strategy

Braestone worked with the Australian subsidiary of PTTEP, a Thai national petroleum exploration and production company, at a time of major expansion. Braestone assisted the organisation with defining future information technology needs. This included examining current IT capabilities and developing an Enterprise Architecture Strategy that identified future information, applications and technology architectures. A supporting roadmap defined the initiatives, and identified the steps and dependencies for delivering the strategy successfully. On approval of this work, Braestone was retained to provide ongoing implementation support and assistance.