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Rapidly Develop an IT Strategy – Manufacturing

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Without a well-defined IT strategy:

  • The IT organization is focused on short-term, operations-level thinking.
  • 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 is more willing to accept requests for additional resources.

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Module 1: Identify IT Implications and Strategy Scope

The Purpose

Conduct analysis and facilitate discussions to uncover what organizational needs mean for IT and, based on the business mandate, set out the IT strategy scope.

Key Benefits Achieved

An understanding of what organizational 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.
  • Links between business capabilities/initiatives and business goals
1.2 Review links between business capabilities/initiatives and business goals.
  • Links between business capabilities/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. 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 guiding principles.
  • IT vision statement
  • IT mission statement
2.2 Define IT goals and identify IT guiding principles.
  • IT guiding principles
  • IT goals
2.3 Determine the IT goal alignment to business goals.
2.4 Indicate the target-state IT maturity.
2.5 Identify the target-state IT capabilities required to achieve IT goals.
  • 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, planned 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 required 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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