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Maximize Business Value From IT Through Benefits Realization

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Embed benefits realization into your governance process to prioritize IT spend and confirm the value of IT.

Your Challenge
IT and the business are often misaligned because business value is not well defined or communicated.
Decisions are made without a shared perspective of value. This results in cost misallocation and unexploited opportunities to improve efficiency and drive innovation.

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Maximize Business Value From IT Through Benefits Realization

  1. 1. Info-Tech Research Group 1Info-Tech Research Group 1 Info-Tech Research Group, Inc. is a global leader in providing IT research and advice. Info-Tech’s products and services combine actionable insight and relevant advice with ready-to-use tools and templates that cover the full spectrum of IT concerns. © 1997-2017 Info-Tech Research Group Inc. Embed benefits realization into your governance process to prioritize IT spend and confirm the value of IT. Maximize Business Value from IT Through Benefits Realization Info-Tech's products and services combine actionable insight and relevant advice with ready-to-use tools and templates that cover the full spectrum of IT concerns.© 1997–2017 Info-Tech Research Group
  2. 2. Info-Tech Research Group 2Info-Tech Research Group 2 The key to identifying how IT produces business value is to understand the manner in which IT generates value. IT provides value by maintaining the value of existing services and functions it provides, eliminating services that are no longer of value, and by creating new value. This is true whether IT operates as a utility, a broad enabler of business value closer to the user experience, or represents the entire value chain of value provision from end to end. If we cannot trace IT’s spend and activities back to where they maintain or create business value, then there is no true purpose or reason for that money to be spent or those activities to be carried out. Valence Howden, Director, CIO Practice Info-Tech Research Group As part of the business, everything IT provides must have real business value. ANALYST PERSPECTIVE
  3. 3. Info-Tech Research Group 3Info-Tech Research Group 3 This Research is Designed For: This Research Will Help You: This Research Will Assist: This Research Will Help You: This Research Is Designed For: This Research Will Help You: This Research Will Also Assist: This Research Will Help Them: Our understanding of the problem CIOs Members of IT governing committees IT senior management Obtain the value drivers of the organization from the business. Embed the value context and approach in all governance processes to establish a unified path for IT. Use the governance process to make decisions to ensure the achievement of value from IT investment. Validate the achievement of expected benefits. CEO Business executives Articulate to IT the perspectives of value that drive the organization. Establish a process to prioritize IT investments that are aligned with the strategic outlook of the organization.
  4. 4. Info-Tech Research Group 4Info-Tech Research Group 4 Resolution Situation Complication Info-Tech Insight Executive summary • IT and the business are often misaligned because business value is not well defined and communicated. • Decisions are made without a shared perspective of value. This results in cost misallocation and unexploited opportunities to improve efficiency and drive innovation. • Most IT organizations lack a way to define value which complicates the process of making strategic value-based business decisions. • IT doesn’t have an established process to govern benefits realization, and struggles to demonstrate how it provides value from its investments. • The inability to articulate value leads to IT being perceived as a cost center. • Ensure there is a common understanding of what is valuable within the organization to drive growth and consistent strategic decision making. • Equip IT to evaluate, direct, and monitor investments to support the achievement of organizational values and business benefits. • Align IT spend with business value through an enhanced governance structure to achieve cost optimization. Ensure IT provides visible contribution to the creation and maintenance of value. 1. Pursue value first, solutions second. 2. IT exists to provide business value and is part of the business value chain. IT must link its spend to business value to justify its investments.
  5. 5. Info-Tech Research Group 5Info-Tech Research Group 5 Delivering value and benefits is the top priority for CIOs 1 Info-Tech Research Group, CEO-CIO Alignment Diagnostic Survey, N=343 The role of an IT leader is not to provide technology, but to enable the delivery of business value and benefits through technology. #1 IT mandate is ensuring benefits delivery. 1 80% of CIOs and CEOs on average experience frustration with IT’s failure to deliver value. 1! Info-Tech’s CEO-CIO Alignment Diagnostic survey indicates that C-suite leaders have consistently stated that delivering benefits is the most important goal for IT. Ensuring benefits delivery will mitigate several pain points, such as hidden IT spend, resource waste from duplication, and senior management’s unwillingness to sponsor IT. In particular, a solid benefits realization process mitigates business frustration with IT’s failure to deliver value, which would solve every 4 out of 5 CIOs’ and CEOs’ issue with this lack of capability.
  6. 6. Info-Tech Research Group 6Info-Tech Research Group 6 Often, IT misses the opportunity to become a strategic partner because it doesn’t understand how to communicate and measure its value to the business. Being able to understand the value context will allow IT to articulate where IT spend supports business value, and how it enables business goal achievement. Derive value that will propel the growth of the organization Value is… Derived from business context. Enabled through governance and strategy. The underlying context for decision making. A measure of achievement. Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. – Warren Buffett
  7. 7. Info-Tech Research Group 7Info-Tech Research Group 7 YOUR CHALLENGES The business doesn’t communicate, or you don’t have the capacity to discover the company‘s critical drivers that enable strategic objectives. You find it difficult to make persuasive cases regarding how each IT investment will help the company, especially during budget meetings. The business puts a cap on your initiatives, strictly based on budget, not considering the additional strategic benefits the investment could bring. Use ITRG’s solution to understand value OUR SOLUTION • Make the case for clarifying business value. • Identify the factors integral to the company achieving its future state. • Align business stakeholders to establish a common definition of value. • Use value criteria to determine expected investment outcomes valuable to the organization as a whole. • Align all efforts in IT with the priorities of the organization. Understand the business context of value. Establish a uniform perspective on what is important to the organization in order to make value-based strategic business decisions at the governance level. 1
  8. 8. Info-Tech Research Group 8Info-Tech Research Group 8 Align to business goals to grow IT 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% Understand the business context of value. Establish a uniform perspective on what is important to the organization in order to make value-based strategic business decisions at the governance level. 1 Be “that” organization. IT’s ability to transform into a strategic business partner requires a clear understanding of business goals. Only 25% of business leaders in struggling IT organizations believe IT has an effective understanding of business goals, whereas 72% of leaders in expanding and transforming organizations believe IT understands goals effectively. 1 Struggles and Supports Optimizes Expands and Transforms Maturity of the IT Organization 1 Info-Tech Research Group, CEO-CIO Alignment Diagnostic Survey, N=343 The maturity of an IT organization strongly correlates with its ability to understand business goals
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  10. 10. Info-Tech Research Group 10Info-Tech Research Group 10 Workshop overview Contact your account representative or email Workshops@InfoTech.com for more information. VALUE GOVERNANCE WORKSHOP Preparation Workshop Day 1 Workshop Day 2 Workshop Day 3 Workshop Day 4 Activities Task – Preparation: Assemble documentation and key people 1.1 Review CIO/CXO alignment report results 1.2 Determine key participants 1.3 Gather copies of governance structure documentation Task – Understand value governance and begin with benefits realization 1.1 Set up the framework of what value governance will achieve 1.2 Identify the organization’s context of business value 1.3 Introduce governance of benefits realization Task – Optimize resources 2.1 Establish the benefits realization process 2.2 Determine resourcing needs and capability requirements 2.1 Confirm that resource-to-cost ratio is optimized Task – Ensure risk optimization 3.1 Determine organization risk profile: appetite and tolerance 3.2 Identify that risk to enterprise value is managed Task – Integrate with existing governance structure 4.1 Make modifications to the existing governance structure and processes 4.2 Devise timelines, communication plans Deliverables • Defined list of participants • Governance documentation • Organization value driver statement • Resource planning map • Risk profile document • Modified governance structure documents • Action and communication plans • Implementation roadmap
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