Improve IT-Business Alignment with an Infrastructure Roadmap

Let the roadmap be your Rosetta Stone.

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Business managers are constantly pushing at the edges of technology to maintain or gain a competitive edge.

  • Departments end up investing in similar technologies independently, resulting in multiples of cost.
  • Technologies are brought in without a holistic understanding of their effects on existing infrastructure.
  • Governance and control of IT becomes fragmented as departments deploy custom systems.

By deploying systems directly supporting stakeholder goals, Infrastructure is seen as an enabler rather than a cost center.

  • Formal pilot projects of emerging technologies reassure stakeholders that Infrastructure is keeping up to date with the industry at large.
  • Communicating IT’s vision of the future to stakeholders allows them to set aspirational goals that are still contained by the governance framework.
  • By approaching the roadmap as an ongoing service, IT is able to respond quickly to changing business needs and priorities.

Module 1: Consolidate and Prioritize Goals

The Purpose

Solicit stakeholders for the roadmap and their input.

Key Benefits Achieved

An agreed upon priority list of goals for the roadmap to address.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Kickoff meeting
  • Roadmap charter
1.2 Stakeholder meeting(s)
  • Stakeholder goal list
1.3 Prioritization exercise
  • Goal priority list

Module 2: Review Current State of Infrastructure

The Purpose

Assess the current state of all infrastructure assets.

Key Benefits Achieved

Asset inventory and priority upgrade matrix.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Technical debt assessment
  • Constraints on IT’s ability to adapt to change
2.2 IT platform assessment
  • Prioritized upgrade matrix

Module 3: Envision Blue Skies and Clear Sailing

The Purpose

Evaluate the landscape of emerging and available IT technologies and envision a future state.

Key Benefits Achieved

Reviewed technology briefs that show benefits of emerging tech and how it can enable business goals.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Technology shortlisting exercise
  • Technology shortlist
3.2 Technology assessment
  • Technology briefs
3.3 Stories from the future
  • 1, 3, and 5-year vision statements

Module 4: Consolidate Initiatives and Allocate Resources

The Purpose

Aggregate all of the information gathered into actionable initiatives.

Key Benefits Achieved

Reasonable roadmap initiatives properly assigned and resourced.   

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Collapse platform maintenance into stakeholder goals
4.2 Affinity diagramming
  • Roadmap initiatives
4.3 Planning Poker
  • Timeline and resource requirements for initiatives

Module 5: Develop an SOP and Tailor Your Communication to the Audience

The Purpose

Enable regular iterations of the roadmap and effectively communicate it to all stakeholders.

Key Benefits Achieved

Effective communication documents for a variety of audiences and the mandate to revisit the roadmap process regularly.

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Identify triggers and define a roadmap SOP
  • Roadmap SOP
5.2 Develop a communication strategy
  • Targeted communication plan

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