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Rapidly Develop a Visual IT Strategy

Break the cycle of outdated and unread IT strategies.

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Contributors

  • Luis Ramón Ramos Espinoza, Chief Information Officer, Suramericana
  • Kyle Saverance, Chief Information Officer, Coker College
  • Scott Ross, SVP Omni-Channel Technologies, Lowe’s Companies
  • Max Min, Director, Waterloo City Centre
  • Philip D’Aurelio, Development Solutions Supervisor, City of Hamilton
  • Michael Dieckmann, Chief Operating Offier, Florida Virtual Campus
  • Joe Evers, Consulting Principal, JcEvers Consulting Corporation
  • Ken Piddington, Chief Information Officer, MRE Consulting
  • 2 anonymous contributors

Your Challenge

  • The speed of business is faster than ever before. This means that IT has a limited amount of time to consider business plans, understand their implications, and adapt.
  • Most IT departments lack the skill to develop an IT strategic plan, resulting in a staggering 92% of IT departments surveyed claiming their IT strategies were less than adequate.
  • Organizations spend enormous amounts of money on IT but cannot see its ROI or the value that IT adds to the organization.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Create a strategy based on business needs – not just intuition.
  • Move away from a superfluous strategic plan to clearly visualize the target state.
  • Articulate in terms that the business uses to ensure comprehension and compliance.

Impact and Result

  • Develop the IT strategy based on the business context. Use Info-Tech’s Implications Checklist to discern IT implications from the business context.
  • Clearly demonstrate how IT will meet the changing needs of the organization by showing where IT is and where IT wants to be to its stakeholders using Info-Tech’s IT Strategy Current and Target State Template.
  • Show the clear alignment of the IT strategy to the organizational goals using Info-Tech’s IT Strategy Template.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should create a visual IT strategy, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Identify the target state

Identify the IT organization target state using the business context to ensure IT also satisfies business needs.

2. Assess the current state

Conduct an assessment of the IT organization's current state to understand where IT currently stands.

3. Bridge the gap and create the strategy

Analyze the difference between the current state and target state on a capability perspective, then brainstorm initiatives to bridge the gap and secure approval for the IT strategy.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a six call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Identify the target state

Call #1 - Identify the business context status and IT implications.
Call #2 - Create components of the IT target state.

Guided Implementation #2 - Assess the current state

Call #1 - Assess current IT capabilities, initiatives, and budget.
Call #2 - Examine additional factors impacting IT and identify the current IT maturity.

Guided Implementation #3 - Bridge the gap and create the strategy

Call #1 - Assess the gaps to the target state.
Call #2 - Work toward IT strategy approval.

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IT Strategy

Develop a data-driven, fit-for-purpose plan with a strong link to execution.
This course makes up part of the Strategy & Governance Certificate.

Course information:

  • Title: IT Strategy
  • Number of Course Modules: 4
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 2-3 hours
  • Featured Analysts:
  • David Yackness, Sr. Research Director, CIO Practice
  • James Alexander, SVP CIO Practice
  • Now Playing: Academy: IT Strategy | Executive Brief

Onsite Workshop

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Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Identify IT Implications and Strategy Scope

The Purpose

  • Conduct analysis and facilitate discussions to uncover what business needs mean for IT and, based on the business mandate, set out the IT strategy scope.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An understanding of what business needs mean for IT. Additionally, the IT strategy scope sets out the coverage of the IT strategy.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Review the business context.

  • Implications on IT from the business context
1.2

Identify IT implications from the documented business context.

1.3

Group the IT implications into themes from seven perspectives.

1.4

Define the IT strategy scope.

  • IT Strategy Scope

Module 2: Define the IT Target State

The Purpose

  • Define statements, principles, goals, and target state maturity to get a sense of where IT needs to go. Clearly understand where IT needs to go by defining the target state IT capabilities.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identifies and documents, at a high level, IT’s target state. Additionally, the list of target state capabilities defines in more detail and clarity how the target state will look.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Create the IT vision and mission statements, and identify IT guiding principles.

  • IT vision statement
  • IT mission statement
  • IT guiding principles
2.2

Define IT goals.

  • IT goals
2.3

Indicate the target state IT maturity.

2.4

Review Management and Governance Diagnostic results.

2.5

Identify target state IT capabilities.

  • Target state IT capabilities

Module 3: Assess the IT Current State

The Purpose

  • Gauge where the IT organization currently stands to get a baseline so that gaps can be identified between the current and target state.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Provides an assessment of the current state in terms of capabilities, planed initiatives, factors impacting IT, budget, and current state maturity.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Assess current IT capabilities.

  • Documented current IT capabilities
3.2

Assess in-flight initiatives.

  • Documented in-flight initiatives
3.3

Identify relationship between current initiatives and capabilities.

  • Documented relationships between capabilities and initiatives
3.4

Review current IT budget.

3.5

Conduct IT SWOT.

  • IT SWOT analysis
3.6

Review CIO Business Vision Diagnostic results.

3.7

Identify current-state maturity.

Module 4: Bridge the Gap and Create the Strategy

The Purpose

  • Identify the gaps between the current and target states, and brainstorm initiatives to address the gaps. Set out next steps to reach IT strategy approval.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identifies the projects needed to reach the target state from the current state.
  • Link how the projects support IT capabilities, IT goals, and the business context.

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Assess the gaps between current- and target-state capabilities.

  • Current to target state gap assessment
4.2

Brainstorm initiatives to address the gaps in capabilities.

  • List of initiatives to reach the target state
4.3

Create initiative profiles.

  • Documented relationship between IT goals, capabilities, initiatives to the business
4.4

Identify IT strategy risks.

  • IT strategy risks
4.5

Identify required IT budget.

  • IT strategy roadmap (post work)
4.6

Present executive presentation.

Member Testimonials

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After each Info-Tech experience, we ask our members to quantify the real time savings, monetary impact, and project improvements our research helped them achieve. See our top member experiences for this Blueprint, and what our clients have to say.

Client

Experience

Impact

$ Saved

Days Saved

Yamana Gold

Workshop

10/10

N/A

N/A

Psac

Workshop

9/10

$47,500

20

Ansa McAl

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

2

British Film Institute

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

N/A

Childfund International

Workshop

10/10

$62,873

50

Enerflex Ltd.

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

N/A

LogRhythm Inc.

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

N/A

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Workshop

9/10

N/A

N/A

Zarraffas Coffee

Guided Implementation

9/10

$89,365

10

Socan

Workshop

10/10

$10,000

20

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Industry Training Authority

Guided Implementation

9/10

$25,000

20

Werner Co.

Workshop

9/10

$132K

32

Department of Education and Skills

Workshop

10/10

$36,080

20

Minnesota State and Technical College

Guided Implementation

9/10

$2,647

5

Dataflux Pty. Ltd.

Guided Implementation

9/10

$5,294

10

Sport Maska Inc

Workshop

9/10

N/A

N/A

Town of Taber

Guided Implementation

10/10

$2,000

20

University of Prince Edward Island

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

2

Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona

Guided Implementation

10/10

$13,236

5

Mohawk Council of Kahnawake

Workshop

9/10

$75,000

100

Hitchiner Manufacturing Company

Guided Implementation

10/10

$33,091

20

Frostburg State University

Guided Implementation

10/10

$33,091

7

Truckee Meadows Water Authority

Workshop

10/10

$27,135

60

Inmarsat Solutions Canada

Workshop

10/10

N/A

N/A

Mueller, Inc.

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

N/A

Champion Pet Foods

Workshop

8/10

N/A

N/A

Ottawa Community Housing Corporation

Workshop

9/10

N/A

N/A

Ottawa Community Housing Corporation

Workshop

9/10

N/A

N/A

United Counties of Leeds & Grenville

Guided Implementation

8/10

$10,000

10

Search Code: 58869
Published: June 27, 2013
Last Revised: October 23, 2017