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Raising IT’s Strategic Orientation

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Behind every successful CIO/ IT manager is an effective IT Business Model, Strategy and Road Map (and yes, probably 35,000 other factors).

Unfortunately most organisations have not ventured into developing a well-planned IT Business Model, Strategy Roadmap – the typical point of failure being that of not having the most appropriate vision, and/or not aligning IT to the business objectives. In fact, when they have a good IT Business Model, Strategy and Roadmap, they fail to implement and monitor the associated benefits. Hence the two (the most appropriate IT Business Model, as well as focused disciplined execution of the IT strategic plan) must go together. The success or failure of any IT organization is a reflection of:

a. How well efficient IT is being operated (operational impact)

b. How much is IT helping make the rest of the organization become more effective productive (tactical impact)

c. How IT helps transform the way businesses are done (strategic impact)

Studies have shown that the presence of an effective IT Business Model, Strategy & Road Map (we call it IT Strategic Orientation) would have easily brought the following business value to organizations:

• Increase operational efficiency by 35%
• Increase productivity by 57%
• Increase resources utilization by 20%
• Reduce operating cost by 10% – 25%
• Exceeding services standards & services levels
• Upwards increase in revenue generation

Unfortunately most IT divsions continue to “keep the lights up”, and develop & consume a so-called business plan that has operational impact only. Each organization is unique, when it comes to developing their IT Strategic Orientation – it is not a plug and play solution. It requires IT to enable the mainstream business objectives. While there is no one size fits all template, having the necessary skills to develop this “canvas” is crucial to enable the CIO/ IT Manager to likely steer & drive IT Operations successfully, enabling high impact circumstances.

IT Heads, IT Managers, IT Planners, IT Technopreneurs must be equipped with this single most essential skill – ability to develop an effective IT Strategic Orientation for the organization – and consistently learn how to:
 position IT to align with business goals, supporting the achievement of business objectives;
 develop the most appropriate IT business model and IT roadmap to support strategic objectives;
 develop business centric IT performance management & performance metrics;
 develop the supporting IT Service Management imperatives;
 consistenly drive not only operational impacts, but also tactical & strategic impacts;
 make IT important to the mainstream business.

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