Step 1.2 - IT Strategy and Roadmap Scope Statement
Aligning IT & Business Goals – Step-by-Step Program The purpose of Business& IT Alignment is to optimize the value that IT contributes to the enterprise. Use this step-by-step program – rich with proven tools & research - as the first step to successfully outlining a strategic roadmap for your organization. An organization has successfully aligned IT strategy to business strategy when there is: • A shared understanding of how IT applications, technologies and services will contribute to business objectives – today and in the future. • A shared focus on where to expend scarce resources, time and money; the tradeoffs the enterprise is prepared to make. • A credible working relationship between the IT organization and the rest of the business evidenced by reliable daily operations, responsive problem management and predictable, innovative solution delivery. Info-Tech’s Aligning IT & Business Goals program includes tools & related research to complete three main steps: 1. Set Conditions to Achieve Alignment 2. Determine IT Value Imperatives 3. Assess IT Organizational Alignment 4. Develop IT Vision and Mission When you have completed our Aligning IT & Business Goals program you will have: • Support from key executives to participate in developing the IT Strategy. • An understanding of how emerging technologies, applications and trends can or will impact your enterprise and your IT organization. • Clear expectations of how IT will contribute to reaching the company’s business goals and objectives. • A defined articulation of IT’s role in, and value to, the enterprise for the strategic horizon.
IT Strategy and Roadmap Scope Statement Introduction: How to Use This Tool A scope statement is one of the most critical communications in a project. A proper scope statement makes it clear exactly what will, and what will not, be involved in a given project. Setting scope helps determine the money, time, and people required to complete the project. It also serves as an effective tool for measuring whether a project has hit its intended targets. A project that involves the creation of an IT strategic plan should be treated no differently than any other project, thus a scope statement is requisite. To use this tool, simply fill in the blanks provided below. Be sure to delete all introductory, explanatory, and sample text in dark grey before finishing, and change all remaining text to black. Created By: Date: Document Revision History Every change to this document (subsequent to initial sign-off) must be recorded in the revision history chart below. Modifications to this document will be documented in the following chart. There are no exceptions. Note that the Project Sponsor and the Project Manager must sign off on any changes to the requirements document. Document Location: [Insert file path here] Version Date Author/Editor Comments 1.0 January 1, 2008 John Smith Initial version of this document. This scope statement places boundaries around the IT Strategy and Roadmap project. It represents an agreement among the IT strategy team, the IT strategy sponsor, and key stakeholders. It represents a clear and common understanding of the IT strategy for the purpose of facilitating communication and expectations among and between stakeholders. This document outlines the IT Strategy and Roadmap project in terms of objectives, approach, deliverables, and timelines. Note: Any work not explicitly included in this project scope statement is implicitly excluded from the project. Related Documentation and Material List all supporting documentation for this project. Be sure to include all relevant materials, including stakeholder guidelines, bus