Build a Business-Aligned IT Strategy

Success depends on IT initiatives clearly aligned to business goals, IT excellence, and driving technology innovation.

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Blueprint Contents:

1. Business-Aligned IT Strategy Deck – A step-by-step document that walks you through how to properly align with the business, achieve IT excellence, and drive technology innovation.

Align with the business by creating an IT strategy that documents the business context, key initiatives, and a strategic roadmap. To create a business-aligned IT strategy, you must understand what the business does and what the business will need. Only then can a carefully thought-out, strategic and tactical plan be created for execution.

This storyboard will help you build your IT mission and vision statements and IT guiding principles, elicit business context from the CIO and the IT team, identify your key initiatives and build their profiles, construct your strategic roadmap, and evaluate your governance structures, budget, and organizational changes.

  • Build a Business-Aligned IT Strategy – Phases 1-4

2. Business Context Interview Guide – An interview guide to help you elicit the business context by interviewing business leaders and peers.

Use this template as a starting point to interview your business leaders to elicit the business context. The goal of the interviews is to extract business goals, organizational priorities, and business initiatives that will play a critical role in building your IT strategy. Meet with your executive team and work with them to identify essential knowledge.

  • Business Context Interview Guide

3. IT Presentation Template – A best-of-breed template to help you build a clear, concise, and compelling strategy document for stakeholders.

This presentation template uses sample data from "Acme Corp" to demonstrate an ideal IT strategy. Use this template to document your final strategy outputs including executive-facing business alignment and strategy highlights, key initiatives and summaries, strategic roadmap, budget proposal, IT goals and operating model, functional project roadmaps, and year-in-review data to highlight IT success stories.

  • IT Strategy Presentation Template
  • Strategy-on-a-Page Template

4. IT Strategy Workbook – A structured tool to help you prioritize IT strategy activities and build a roadmap to ensure success.

This tool guides an IT department in planning and prioritization activities to build an effective IT strategy. This Excel workbook guides you through making key decisions regarding the visuals that should be incorporated into your final presentation document. Key activities include building a goals cascade visual that shows the relationships between business and IT goals, initiatives, and capabilities; prioritizing key initiatives using a balanced scorecard approach; and building the IT strategy roadmap using a Gantt chart visual to showcase project execution timelines.

  • IT Strategy Workbook
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Your Challenge

IT strategies are often nonexistent or ineffective:

  • 74.6% of organizations have an IT strategy process they feel is ineffective.
  • IT does not do a good job of communicating its support for business goals; therefore, 23.6% of CXOs still feel that their goals are unsupported by IT.

IT departments that have not developed IT strategies experience alignment, organization, and prioritization issues.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • A CIO has three roles: enable business productivity, run an effective IT shop, and drive technology innovation. Your key initiative plan must reflect these three mandates and how IT strives to fulfill them.
  • Don’t project your vision three to five years into the future. Dive deep on next year’s big-ticket items instead.
  • Developing an IT strategy is a wasted effort if no mechanisms are put in place to govern the journey.
  • If you don’t communicate it, it doesn’t exist; simple, appealing, and inspirational communication is needed.

Impact and Result

  • Establish the scope of your IT strategy by defining IT’s mission and vision statements and guiding principles.
  • Perform a retrospective of IT’s performance to recognize the current state while highlighting important strategic elements to address going forward.
  • Elicit the business context and identify strategic initiatives that are most important to the organization while building a plan to execute on it.
  • Evaluate the foundational elements of IT’s operational strategy that will be required to successfully execute on key initiatives.
  • Wrap all strategic information into a highly visual and compelling presentation that enables easy customization and executive-facing content.
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Member Testimonials

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.

9.4/10


Overall Impact

$68,020


Average $ Saved

33


Average Days Saved

Client

Experience

Impact

$ Saved

Days Saved

Lake County, FL

Workshop

10/10

$32,499

29

Being able to complete this within a few days was extremely valuable. I think it would have taken us at least an additional 30 days or longer to co... Read More

Xavier University

Workshop

9/10

$64,999

41

Worst - It is hard to commit to so much time in one week. There is no way around such a time commitment. Best - walking away from the table hav... Read More

Jake's Finer Foods, Inc

Workshop

10/10

$64,999

10

MDU Services LTD

Workshop

9/10

$16,400

10

Best part great group participation and agreed outputs - great facilitation worst part this year we were at a rush to get this delivered. We will ... Read More

Government of Bermuda

Workshop

10/10

$12,999

23

Chuck French and team did a wonderful job in capturing and condensing the workshop information into a few informative slides. Janice did a great j... Read More

OTIP/RAEO Benefits Incorporated

Guided Implementation

10/10

$25,000

20

Best - Toolsets and process look to fit very well with what i want to accomplish and the time i have available. Worst - don't have one at this p... Read More

County of Los Alamos

Workshop

10/10

$97,499

41

Best - how prepared your Team was. How they knew exactly where to lead us very quickly. How understanding and insightful they were Worst - the poo... Read More

Pitt County

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

20

The conversation was a dialogue between us and different perspectives were discussed that added so much more value. Previous reviews and discussio... Read More

Wiginton Corporation

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

5

Dataflux Pty. Ltd.

Guided Implementation

8/10

$3,899

5

Best - knowledgeable input regarding the blueprint Worst - n/a

County of San Luis Obispo

Workshop

10/10

$32,499

10

Best: Continued to be extremely impressed with Infotech's workshop methodology and its ability to produce a comprehensive draft with finding and re... Read More

Oregon State Police

Guided Implementation

10/10

$6,499

14

Working with Manish was very helpful for me to float ideas back and forth, his knowledge really helped make my Strategic plan document to a solid f... Read More

Commonwealth of Virginia - Office of the Attorney General

Workshop

10/10

$2,469

12

Chuck was able to keep us on track and offer relevant suggestions and guidance, using appropriate questions to draw out key details from the team. ... Read More

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

Workshop

10/10

$519K

23

Areez was totally engaging, jelled well with the team and help lead them along the journey. He was clear and articulate, answered questions on poin... Read More

East Bay Municipal Utility District

Workshop

9/10

$32,499

32

I am still estimating time and money saved, so this is a rough, rough estimate in terms of how much less time the EBMUD IT strategic planning proce... Read More

University of Southern Indiana

Workshop

10/10

$20,799

10

Our workshop went very well! Very much appreciated some of the time saving techniques Claudia used to allow us to focus discussion on things that w... Read More

South African Reserve Bank

Guided Implementation

9/10

$7,799

18

I had a very good engagement with Ross and my experience so far is excellent.

City of Flagstaff

Workshop

7/10

N/A

20

Overall, I would say Denis was a mix of excellent advice mixed with a bit too much talking about his personal opinion. We got a lot of value but sp... Read More

Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures

Workshop

10/10

$32,499

10

It was a Great week and thought everything was done Professionally. Thanks for all the hard work and now we need to get to work. Loved how ev... Read More

City of St. Louis

Guided Implementation

10/10

$64,999

115

Ross really helped me frame our first ever strategic plan. He was excellent at explaining concepts and helping me see how I could articulate our I... Read More

Oregon State Fire Marshal

Guided Implementation

8/10

$12,999

20

AWJ Tamkeen Company

Guided Implementation

9/10

$5,000

20

Only best part; deep knowledge and expertise, provide valuable insights by strong communication skills were they clear, concise with professional b... Read More

Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname N.V.

Workshop

9/10

$100K

20

The best part was the involvement of directors and asset managers in the first session which will lead to their support for the new strategy and th... Read More

City of Corona

Workshop

10/10

$32,499

32

Denis is always dialed into our organization and is a great leader and orchestrator for a process that can often be chaotic. I've worked with sever... Read More

King County

Workshop

10/10

$129K

26

Virginia Department of Transportation

Workshop

10/10

$129K

120

The flexibility and adaptability shown by the facilitator in meeting us where we are.

Société des Mines d’ITY S.A.

Guided Implementation

9/10

$11,699

32

Best part the knowledgeable people from Info-Teck especially Sidney and Chris that helped throughout the engagement. The tight timeline to compl... Read More

Alliance Inspection Management, LLC

Workshop

9/10

$32,499

5

Overall very valuable. Bill was able to provide recommendations and guidance. It was a masterclass in KT.

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

5

Ross did a good job of breaking down the available technology strategy resources, explaining next steps that I should accomplish before our next sc... Read More

City of Birmingham

Workshop

10/10

$389K

41

Chuck French did a masterful job guiding us through our strategy update. He kept us on track and helped us flesh out important details.

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We produce unbiased and highly relevant research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well-informed decisions. We partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need, from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they deliver measurable results for their organizations.

What Is a Blueprint?

A blueprint is designed to be a roadmap, containing a methodology and the tools and templates you need to solve your IT problems.

Each blueprint can be accompanied by a Guided Implementation that provides you access to our world-class analysts to help you get through the project.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is an eight call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Pre-Project Call
Call #1 - Discuss business context and customize your organization’s capability map.
Guided Implementation #2 - Establish the scope of your IT strategy
Call #1 - Identify mission and vision statements and guiding principles to discuss strategy scope.
Guided Implementation #3 - Review performance from last fiscal year
Call #1 - Assess year-in-review data and evaluate performance.
Call #2 - Discuss diagnostic data results and success stories.
Guided Implementation #4 - Build your key initiative plan
Call #1 - Identify strategic initiatives and required information.
Call #2 - Discuss how to build your roadmap.
Guided Implementation #5 - Define your operational strategy
Call #1 - Discuss and identify appropriate operational strategy components.
Call #2 - Summarize results and plan next steps.