Rapidly Develop a Visual IT Strategy

Break the cycle of outdated and unread IT strategies.

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Without an well-defined IT strategy:

  • The IT organization is focused on short-term thinking and at the operations level.
  • The business does not understand what IT is doing and relegates IT to a support function.

With a well-defined IT strategy:

  • There is a concrete, clear, and visual representation of where IT is going and why it is striving for that target.
  • The business understands that IT is working towards helping them and are more willing to accept asks for additional resources.

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.

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