IT Organization Direction

Many companies ignore the fact that it is often the human factors that have a more direct impact on overall strategy success. Any time you develop an IT Strategy, consider how well the IT organization is positioned to deliver it.

  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of our IT organization – our services, our skills, and our processes?
  • In particular, how ready are we to do our part to act on company priorities?
  • What changes do we need to make in how we deliver IT services in the near-term, medium-term, and long-term?

These questions are addressed by your IT Organization Direction.

The IT Organization Direction needs to consider several things: skills and capabilities, services and processes, and organization structure.

IT Organization Direction is structured to address these elements:

  1. Assess Current IT Capabilities.
  2. Assess Current IT Organization Structural Alignment.
  3. Develop IT Organization Strategic Directions.

When you have completed the IT Organization Direction program, you will have:

  • A good understanding of the organization’s strengths and opportunities for improvement.
  • Ideas for how well the organizational structure supports delivery of IT services and interaction with the business.
  • A set of opportunities to improve skills, processes, and organizational alignment.

IT Organization Direction should be revisited periodically, at least annually or when there is a significant course correction in corporate direction or structure.

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