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Two of the top three expectations for CIOs are to align to business strategy and to transform business processes.
IT does not do a good job aligning to business goals, with 47% of business leaders feeling that their goals are unsupported by IT.
Most IT departments lack the skill to develop a strategic plan for IT: a staggering 84% of IT departments surveyed claim their IT strategies are less than adequate.
Everything IT does should support the business. A list of projects is not a strategic plan. A good strategy clearly links IT initiatives to business goals.
Business stakeholders cannot translate how IT initiatives will help achieve their objectives. IT needs to provide a concise way for stakeholders to digest how IT initiatives are supporting the organization.
A well-crafted IT strategy is critical to enhancing business stakeholder satisfaction and building relationships with business stakeholders.
Impact and Results
Derive the IT strategy based on the business context. Use iTester's implications framework to discern IT implications from the business context.
Clearly communicate to business executives how IT will support the organization’s key objectives and initiatives using the Executive Presentation Template.
Use iTester's prioritization matrix to help make project decisions in a holistic manner that allows for the selection of the most valuable initiatives to become part of the IT strategic roadmap.
Demonstrate to business executives and the IT organization how the IT strategy was created using iTester's IT Strategy Template.
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