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IT Strategic Planning More Important Now than Ever
In the current climate of economic recession, it may be tempting for IT managers to cut funding for strategic planning and devote the savings to more immediate operational needs. Such a view is shortsighted, however. During times of economic uncertainty, strategic planning becomes even more of a necessity. In this study, we describe the fundamental components of an IT strategic plan. We assess current adoption trends for multiyear IT strategic planning for the composite sample, by organization size, and by industry sector. We conclude by making the case for why IT organizations should continue to engage in strategic planning as priorities shift from growth to restraining costs. (10 pp., 3 figs.)[Executive Summary]
Marketing IT Like a Business
This article explains how the CIO can and should apply basic marketing disciplines to promote the IT function throughout the organization to better serve its needs.
Criteria for Evaluating Alignment of IT with the Business
Although business and IT alignment has been discussed for years, companies are still struggling to effectively align their IT strategy. This report provides details on the critical and elusive topic of strategic alignment, including a form with criteria for ranking IT alignment with the business within a specific organization.
IT Strategic Planning in a Down Economy (2Q03)
There are many excuses used to justify slashing the strategic planning budget. However, in spite of all the temptations to cut strategic planning from the budget, IT strategic planning is more important than ever in times of economic pressures. Rigorous and complete IT strategic planning is even more critical in challenging times than in prosperous times. The planning process and information gathered will help you make the difficult decisions that are necessary in a down economy.
The Big Thaw: Aligning IT Operations
Today, nearly every organization is heavily dependent on technology to effectively manage and provide the services needed to run the business. Yet, senior management continues to indicate their IT organizations are not fully aligned with corporate goals. To effectively develop an IT and business alignment strategy requires skill, coordination, and the combined efforts of many key personnel. Additionally, to continually monitor and improve the alignment methodology requires the implementation of key management strategies such as IT scorecarding, activity-based costing, and other effective management tools.
Aligning the IT Operation with Corporate Goals (1Q03)
Developing an overall IT and business alignment strategy that includes both the IT development and operational groups is critical to achieving maximum success. However, basing its success solely, or predominantly, on these factors alone can create a huge disconnect between the perceived and actual success of the IT operations group and its mission.