- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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.
Assess the results of the CIO Business Vision diagnostic
- An assessment of how the organization perceives IT
Review the result of the Management and Governance diagnostic
- A prioritized list of core IT processes that need attention
Priortize projects that matter most to the business
- Schedule of projects and relevant success metrics
Perform a SWOT analysis for the business
- An understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats specific for the organization as a whole
Perform IT SWOT analysis
- An understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats specific specific to the IT Department and team
Perform a PESTLE analysis
- An understanding of the environmental factors that affect corporate strategy
Module 2: Design the Target State of IT
- 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.
Identify organizational goals
- A list of strategic goals
Define business capabilities
- A list of expertise the business needs to perform its core function
Identify business programs
- A list of programs the business needs to develop the right capabilities
Conduct a business needs analysis
- Requirements for new or existing IT solutions that support business programs
Map IT solutions to business programs
- A list of IT solutions that meet business program requirements
Determine implementation priorities
- A prioritized list of IT solutions
Assess risks and dependencies
- A list of high level risks that could impact proposed IT solutions
Build the strategic roadmap
- A finalized strategic roadmap for IT
Module 3: Communicate the IT Strategy
- 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.
Identify when and where communication must take place
- A list of key stakeholders and relevant key messages
Put together a refresh plan for the IT strategy
- A schedule for revisiting the IT strategy