- 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
- 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 spends enormous amounts of money on IT but cannot see its ROI nor the value that IT adds to the organization.
- 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.
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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 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.
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.
- Title: IT Strategy Course
- 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
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Module 1: Identify IT Implications and Strategy Scope
- 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.
Review the business context.
- Implications on IT from the business context
Identify IT implications from the documented business context.
Group the IT implications into themes from seven perspectives.
Define the IT strategy scope.
- IT Strategy Scope
Module 2: Define the IT Target State
- 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.
Create the IT vision and mission statements, and identify IT guiding principles.
- IT vision statement
- IT mission statement
- IT guiding principles
Define IT goals.
- IT goals
Indicate the target state IT maturity.
Review Management and Governance Diagnostic results.
Identify target state IT capabilities.
- Target state IT capabilities
Module 3: Assess the IT Current State
- 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.
Assess current IT capabilities.
- Documented current IT capabilities
Assess in-flight initiatives.
- Documented in-flight initiatives
Identify relationship between current initiatives and capabilities.
- Documented relationships between capabilities and initiatives
Review current IT budget.
Conduct IT SWOT.
- IT SWOT analysis
Review CIO Business Vision Diagnostic results.
Identify current-state maturity.
Module 4: Bridge the Gap and Create the Strategy
- 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.
Assess the gaps between current- and target-state capabilities.
- Current to target state gap assessment
Brainstorm initiatives to address the gaps in capabilities.
- List of initiatives to reach the target state
Create initiative profiles.
- Documented relationship between IT goals, capabilities, initiatives to the business
Identify IT strategy risks.
- IT strategy risks
Identify required IT budget.
- IT strategy roadmap (post work)
Present executive presentation.
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