IT Strategy: Business/IT Alignment


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The purpose of Business – IT Alignment is to optimize the value that IT contributes to the enterprise. As such, in order to successfully outline a strategic IT roadmap, it is important to start here. An organization has successfully aligned IT strategy to business strategy when there is:

  • A shared understanding of how IT applications, technologies and services will contribute to business objectives – today and in the future.
  • A shared focus on where to expend scarce resources, time and money; the tradeoffs the enterprise is prepared to make.
  • A credible working relationship between the IT organization and the rest of the business evidenced by reliable daily operations, responsive problem management and predictable, innovative solution delivery.

Business – IT Alignment is achieved through the completion of four main steps:

  1. Set Conditions to Achieve Alignment
  2. Scan for Potentially Enabling Technologies
  3. Determine IT Value Imperatives
  4. Develop IT Vision and Mission

Business – IT Alignment should be revisited and updated at least annually, or when there is a significant course correction in corporate direction.

Tool included in this bundle:

  • Assessing Enterprise Strategy
  • Business Executive Interview Guide
  • Enterprise Strategy and Goals
  • IT Imperatives
  • IT Strategy and Roadmap Scope Statement
  • IT Vision and Mission Statements Template
  • IT Vision Meeting Agenda
  • Key Success Factors Analysis Tool
  • Kickoff Meeting Template
  • Stakeholder Guidelines and Analysis
  • Technology Monitor

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Search Code: 9837
Published: May 11, 2009
Last Revised: May 11, 2009

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