Rapidly Develop a Visual IT Strategy

  • ID: 4457592
  • Report
  • 110 pages
  • Info-Tech Research Group
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Break the Cycle of Outdated And Unread It Strategies
This research is designed for:
  • CIOs or IT leaders who need to develop, document, or improve their IT strategy.
  • An IT leader looking to become more effective.
  • An IT leader desiring to drive increased business value.
This research will help you:
  • Create an IT strategy using an efficient and logical process.
  • Visualize IT’s target state and articulate how it will empower the organization’s success.
  • Develop the IT target state and IT initiatives designed to optimize business performance and enhance IT maturity.
  • Communicate the IT strategy to key stakeholders.
  • Drive internal and external IT alignment through a common vision and a shared sense of purpose.
  • Create a collection of initiatives that streamline progression to the target IT state.
  • Establish a roadmap of initiatives to achieve the future of IT.
All too often, a busy IT organization creates a laundry list of IT to-do projects and calls it an IT strategy. Sometimes they are requests from the business, other times they are projects that simply need to get done.

But being busy doesn’t necessarily mean that you are busy doing the right things. Figuring out which projects are most important from a business-value perspective, and ensuring that projects are done in the right sequence, is absolutely critical to a successful IT organization and business.

By using a purpose- and visual-driven approach to IT strategy that derives your IT roadmap from business outcomes, you can be assured that you are not just doing valuable projects, but doing the right, valuable projects.
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Situation:
  • IT does not do a good job aligning to business goals, with 47% of business leaders feeling that their goals are unsupported by IT.
  • The organization spends enormous amounts of money on IT but cannot see its ROI nor the value that IT adds to the organization
Complication:
  • The speed of business is faster than ever before. This means that IT has a limited amount of time to consider business plans, understand their implications, and adapt
Most IT departments lack the skill to develop an IT strategic plan, resulting in a staggering 92% of IT departments surveyed to claim their IT strategies were less than adequate.

Resolution:
  • Derive the IT strategy based on the business context. Use the implications framework to discern IT implications from the business context.
  • Clearly demonstrate how IT will meet the changing needs of the organization by showing where IT is and where IT wants to be to stakeholders using IT Strategy Current and Target State Template.
  • Use the prioritization matrix to help make project decisions in a holistic manner that allows for the selection of the most valuable initiatives to become part of the IT strategic roadmap.
  • Show the clear alignment of the IT strategy to organizational goals using IT Strategy Template.
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