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Define an IT Strategy & Roadmap 2015

Develop a data-driven, fit-for-purpose plan with a strong link to execution.

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Contributors

  • Ken Piddington, Chief Information Officer and Executive Advisor, MRE Consulting
  • Glen Notman, Associate Partner, Citihub
  • Philip D'Aurelio, Supervisor, Development Solutions, City of Hamilton
  • Kevin Vigil, IT Director, Southwest Care Center
  • Khaled Hjouj, IT Strategy Consultant
  • Jack Hakimian, Director of Application Services, Sun Life Financial
  • Three anonymous contributors

Your Challenge

  • The business does not view IT as a strategic partner. Many CIOs are not invited to participate in any of the organization-wide strategic planning and decision-making. The business isn’t interested in strategic IT planning.
  • The IT department does not have the expertise or capacity to develop an effective strategic plan for IT. IT strategy management requires a highly specialized skill set and resource commitment. It is rarely successful if approached as a side activity.
  • IT strategies tend to focus mainly on technology and fail to cover other areas. IT strategies are often “too technical” and written in a language the business cannot understand.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Make informed decisions based on data, not just intuition and assumptions.
  • Right-size your IT strategy to address the mandate.
  • Establish a strong commitment to execution.

Impact and Result

  • Articulating a clear IT strategy that aligns IT with business objectives is the most important activity a CIO can do for the IT department and organization.
  • The strategic planning exercise requires that the CIO review the business environment, assess the current state of IT, define a target state that is aligned with the organizational priorities, and focus efforts on IT initiatives that bring tangible benefits to the business.
  • The key is to work with the business when developing your IT strategic plan. A solid understanding of business needs combined with a mutual understanding of drivers and constraints will help you create a very effective strategy.
  • Creating and executing a successful IT strategy will help thrust IT into a leadership role, especially if the organization has not yet formulated a formal strategy of its own.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why a data-driven, business-focused IT strategy is so important, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

3. Evaluate the current state of IT

Review the current state of IT and assess its impact on the business and IT.

4. Develop a target state vision

Determine and define an ideal end state for the IT department.

5. Define initiatives

Identify strategic initiatives that address the business and external requirements and the gaps between the current and target states of IT.

6. Build a roadmap

Build a roadmap to plan the execution of your strategy.

7. Execute the IT strategy

Optimize organizational capabilities to increase the likelihood of execution success.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a seven call advisory process.

Call #1 - Determine mandate and scope

Determine mandate; define scope; complete project charter.

Call #2 - Assess drivers and constraints

Assess business drivers; assess external drivers; begin strategy map.

Call #3 - Evaluate the current state of IT

Assess the holistic IT; assess the current state of IT for each focus area; identify performance data.

Call #4 - Develop a target state vision

Identify target state; form target-state options; set target-state vision.

Call #5 - Define the transition initiatives

Identify gaps; identify transition options; select transition initiatives.

Call #6 - Build a roadmap

Determine business-driven priorities; plan to manage change and risk; finalize roadmap and secure approval.

Call #7 - Execute your IT strategy

Discuss any key metrics; identify key execution challenges and possible mitigation techniques; identify key objectives for the next three months.

Search Code: 84740
Published: November 19, 2015
Last Revised: November 19, 2015

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