How to Make IT the Underpinning of the Enterprise Strategy
February 22, 2017 — 08:30AM EST - 09:30AM EST
Orange County Convention Center
The importance of IT being aligned with the business strategy has long been center stage, and IT strategic planning traditionally is very dependent on and must be aligned with the enterprise strategy. Yet, traditionally these two activities have been done separately, and in many cases, not aligned and integrated as one overall organizational plan. Without IT being part of the business strategy development itself and at the table to evaluate what’s needed to achieve it, it’s tough to fully understand the capabilities, investments and processes needed to position for where the organization’s going and how to retool IT to meet the needs. It’s also nearly impossible to influence the business strategy with new directions and services made possible by information technology without the close and aligned integration of these two activities.
Describe how and why IT can and should become a leading component in setting an organization’s business strategy and a critical supporting mechanism to achieving those objectives
Explain why the process matters and describe the specific steps to take in order to achieve the desired outcome
Describe IT’s role in guiding and steering strategy conversations and the key steps the CIO can take to influence the process and ensure IT is an implicit part of the strategy process
Use a case study example to make a compelling argument to senior leadership in one’s own organization and a process for creating alignment and assurance that IT investments support the strategic imperatives