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The CIO's Guide to Aligning IT Strategy with the Business

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The CIO's Guide to Aligning IT Strategy with the Business
Published: March 25, 2019 Content info: 11 Pages
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This IDC Perspective explores the new process-driven approaches to formulating strategies that CIOs need in the world where technology supports every aspect of the business. An effective strategy development process includes all stakeholders, reliably identifies the most critical business needs and opportunities, objectively assesses the current state of IT and the enterprise, surfaces and vets necessary IT strategic initiatives and opportunities, explains how business and IT success will be measured, and engages and motivates everyone who must embrace, support, and execute the strategy. This study explains how CIOs can create new IT strategies, describes a six-stage process for agile strategy development, identifies key actions for each step, and advises on ways to ensure effective adoption of an IT strategy."Modern IT strategies are complex and have multitudes of interdependencies, diverse and powerful stakeholders, and a material impact on the success or failure of the business," says Marc Strohlein, adjunct research advisor with IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP). "That makes strategy development one of the most critical CIO responsibilities - one that requires rigor and a structured approach and processes."

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Product Code: US44926219

Executive Snapshot

Situation Overview

  • Stage 1: Lay Groundwork for New IT Strategy Development
    • Key Activities
    • Questions
  • Stage 2: Determine Key Business Drivers and Forces
    • Key Activities
    • Questions
  • Stage 3: Assess Current State of the Enterprise, IT, and Business Ecosystem
    • Key Activities
    • Questions
  • Step 4: Define the Future State and Key Initiatives
    • Key Activities
    • Questions
  • Stage 5: Determine Metrics and KPI Success Measures
    • Key Activities
    • Questions
  • Step 6: Package and Communicate the IT Strategy
    • Key Activities
    • Questions

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