Rapidly Develop an IT Strategy

Create an IT strategy that clearly supports the business, is easy to understand, and improves your relationship with business stakeholders.

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Without a 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 toward 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.
  • Link between business capabilities/business initiatives and business goals
1.2 Review the link between business capabilities/business initiatives and business goals.
  • Link between business capabilities/business initiatives and business goals
1.3 Identify IT implications from the documented business context.
  • Implications on IT from the business context
1.4 Group the IT implications into themes from seven perspectives.
  • Implications on IT from the business context
1.5 Confirm 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 Determine the IT goal alignment to business goals.
2.4 Indicate the target-state IT maturity.
2.5 Identify target-state IT capabilities.
  • Target-state IT capabilities
2.6 Consolidate target IT capability map.
  • 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 states.

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 Review diagnostic results.
  • Documented current IT capabilities and the gap to the target state
3.2 Assess current IT capabilities.
  • Documented current IT capabilities and the gap to the target state
3.3 Review current IT budget.
3.4 Conduct IT SWOT analysis.
  • IT SWOT analysis
3.5 Identify current-state maturity.
3.6 Assess the gaps between current- and target-state capabilities.
  • Overall IT capabilities gap analysis

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.
  • Links how the projects support IT capabilities, IT goals, and the business context.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Map key current IT initiatives to IT and business goals.
  • Documented relationship between IT goals, capabilities, and initiatives.
4.2 Brainstorm initiatives to address the gaps in capabilities.
  • List of new initiatives to reach the target state
4.3 Create initiative profiles.
  • IT initiative profiles
4.4 Prioritize IT initiatives.
  • IT strategy prioritization matrix
4.5 Create roadmaps for key IT initiatives.
  • IT strategy roadmaps
4.6 Identify required IT budget.
4.7 Summarize the highlights of the IT strategy.

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