I/T strategy may impact all aspects of the I/T portfolio : applications, communication, infrastructure, processes, governance, organization …
Not a one-shot activity : needs to be constantly refined and aligned with business priorities
Impact of an I/T strategy must be measurable in terms of business value - revenue/margin growth, cost reduction etc .
The IT strategic plan process Understand business issues Align IT strategy to business within business context Determine the implementation strategy Define the budget to implement initiatives / SLAs Define the IT strategic initiatives
Input from the Business strategic plan
Identify the evolution scenarios that impact the IT strategy
Understand the evolution in terms of
Implement a Project Office to manage all the initiatives in
Alternative scenarios are created by teams or by business simulation software based on..
A variety of developments, trends, and environmental factors
Align IT strategy to business within business context 2
Scenario Planning Grid IMPACT ON FIRM FEASIBILITY High Priority Medium Priority Low Priority HIGH MEDIUM LOW HIGH MEDIUM LOW Strategy A Strategy B Strategy C Strategy D Align IT strategy to business within business context 2
Requires managing the effects of major changes in key organizational dimensions such as
Employee work assignments
Dismissal Migration to New platforms Align to b usiness: Function evolution Maintain/ Improve LOW HIGH HIGH • Application A • ... • Application B • ... • Application C • ... • Application D • ... Company Strategy Business Requirements IT Implications Current portfolio evaluation Alignment to Business Technological Alignment Gap identification NEW APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION PORTFOLIO ANALYSIS • ... Comparing application portfolio with business requirements ILLUSTRATIVE Requires Change 1 2 3 4 5 5 4 3 2 1
Planning is a useless endeavor , because developments in e-business and e-commerce, and in the political, economic, and social environments are moving too quickly nowadays. Do you agree with this statement?
“ Planning and budgeting processes are notorious for their rigidity and irrelevance to management action.” How can planning be made relevant to the challenges facing an e-business enterprise?