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.
SME IT Strategic Plan Template Introduction: How to Use This Tool This template is developed for small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) that do not have the resources to perform full IT governance to develop a complex IT strategy. This tool provides an outline that allows CIOs to develop a simple, yet effective IT strategic plan. Complete all the sections, using the instructions provided. Each section contains an example that can be removed once the document is complete. Page 1 Info-Tech Research Group [Insert Company Name] IT Strategic Plan Author: [Insert Name] Created on: [Insert Date] Last Modified on: [Insert Date] Page 2 Info-Tech Research Group Strategic Horizon Specify the period to which this plan pertains. Example: This plan is expected to cover the period from 01/Sept/2007 to 31/Aug/2008. Purpose of Plan Indicate the reason for creating this IT strategic plan. Specify what the plan will accomplish. Example: The purpose of this plan is to help our company achieve its IT Strategy. It is m
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