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Your Challenge

  • IT Directors and CIOs in small enterprise (SE) IT shops are generalists who provide a full suite of IT services with limited resources.
  • They know that the IT services they produce enable the organization to meet its strategic goals, and they need to draft a quick IT strategy to move out of firefighting mode, and prioritize short- and long-term investments.
  • However, the energy and resources of SE IT shops are consumed providing everyday IT services.
  • To make matters worse, the corporate strategy on which IT’s own strategic planning relies may only be an informal scheme in the mind of the entrepreneur-owner.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Clarify what the organization expects of IT. Operating under the false expectation that IT should strive for innovation can result in wasted resources and unwanted spending.

Impact and Result

  • Articulate a clear IT strategy that aligns with business objectives.
  • Imagine a target state aligned with the organization’s strategic priorities, and focus efforts on the most important challenges and opportunities.
  • Identify the business capabilities required to execute the corporate strategy.

Research & Tools

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a five call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Assess the current state of IT

Call #1 - Make the case to garner support for the project; run diagnostics to gather relevant data.
Call #2 - Determine IT maturity; review SWOT and PEST analyses.

Guided Implementation #2 - Design the target state of IT

Call #1 - Complete a goals cascade to align IT projects with corporate goals; map initiatives to business programs; identify and prioritize big bets.
Call #2 - Assess risk and dependencies; create IT strategy roadmap.

Guided Implementation #3 - Communicate the IT strategy

Call #1 - Identify stakeholders for communication; create communication plan; prepare a refresh plan for the IT strategy.

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Module 1: Assess the Current State of IT

The Purpose

  • Make the case to garner support for the project.
  • Run diagnostics to gather relevant data.
  • Determine IT maturity to establish next steps.
  • Perform SWOT and PEST analyses.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Focus your efforts on the most important challenges and opportunities.
  • Improve alignment and credibility with business units.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Assess the results of the CIO Business Vision diagnostic

  • An assessment of how the organization perceives IT
1.2

Review the result of the Management and Governance diagnostic

  • A prioritized list of core IT processes that need attention
1.3

Priortize projects that matter most to the business

  • Schedule of projects and relevant success metrics
1.4

Perform a SWOT analysis for the business

  • An understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats specific for the organization as a whole
1.5

Perform IT SWOT analysis

  • An understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats specific specific to the IT Department and team
1.6

Perform a PESTLE analysis

  • An understanding of the environmental factors that affect corporate strategy

Module 2: Design the Target State of IT

The Purpose

  • Complete a goals cascade.
  • Assess risks and dependencies.
  • Create the strategic roadmap.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Align IT initiatives with corporate goals.
  • Anticipate opportunities and challenges.
  • Structure next steps.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Identify organizational goals

  • A list of strategic goals
2.2

Define business capabilities

  • A list of expertise the business needs to perform its core function
2.3

Identify business programs

  • A list of programs the business needs to develop the right capabilities
2.4

Conduct a business needs analysis

  • Requirements for new or existing IT solutions that support business programs
2.5

Map IT solutions to business programs

  • A list of IT solutions that meet business program requirements
2.6

Determine implementation priorities

  • A prioritized list of IT solutions
2.7

Assess risks and dependencies

  • A list of high level risks that could impact proposed IT solutions
2.8

Build the strategic roadmap

  • A finalized strategic roadmap for IT

Module 3: Communicate the IT Strategy

The Purpose

  • Create a communication plan.
  • Produce an IT strategy refresh plan.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identify your audience and key messages.
  • Know when to revisit the IT strategy.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Identify when and where communication must take place

  • A list of key stakeholders and relevant key messages
3.2

Put together a refresh plan for the IT strategy

  • A schedule for revisiting the IT strategy