IT Strategic Planning

Align IT investments with business priorities for fail proof strategic IT plans.

Obstacles

Effective organizations optimize IT resource allocation by establishing a clear link between business strategy and IT initiatives. However, nearly 77% of business executives feel that IT strategic planning, as currently practiced, is ineffective. The following are common challenges with IT strategic planning:

  • IT planning is often done in a vacuum without considering the impact on business strategy.
  • Key stakeholders within IT and the business are not aware of the link between IT investments and business strategies.
  • Business partners do not fully recognize the value of IT investments, particularly those aimed at upgrading aging systems.
  • Business needs are ever evolving, causing IT plans and resource allocation to become out of sync.

Solution

Assess the risk and value of all items, execution timelines, and their relationships to one another with the Bullseye View.

Step 1: Link IT Intiatives to Business Goals

  • Connect every IT change or project to business goals, and communicate the alignment to business executives.
  • Assess the risk and value of all items, execution timelines, and their relationships to one another and to other items in the roadmap.

 

How CEB IT Roadmap Builder Can Help

  • A clear, compelling visualization displays all IT plans and projects and their alignment to business strategies.
  • Define timelines, costs, and dependencies once, and reflect these in all visuals.
The Goal View displays projects and their connection to a goal, allowing clear visibility at all levels in the organization.

Step 2: Get Buy-In from the Business

  • Provide the business units with a complete view into the path and resources required to achieve their goals, both for an individual project and all projects that support a business goal.
  • Prioritize implementation decisions by considering the risk, costs, and impact of interrelated projects.

 

How CEB IT Roadmap Builder Can Help

  • A flexible framework captures and manages the costs associated with the technology plans, and a report summarizes costs by each business goal.
  • An intuitive visualization (Goal View) displays projects and their connection to a goal, allowing clear visibility at all levels in the organization.
Gantt charts show how one change to a project or technology impacts other projects.

Step 3: Make It a Living Document

  • Sustain business support for IT investments by keeping IT plans updated to reflect business needs.
  • Determine the impact of changes across the enterprise-wide IT plan.

 

How CEB IT Roadmap Builder Can Help

  • Update and maintain roadmaps with ease—make a single change to the roadmap data and see it propagate across all stakeholder views automatically.
  • Make the latest roadmaps available to the entire team—CEB IT Roadmap Builder offers unlimited read-only user licensing to ensure all team members across the enterprise can reference the latest roadmap.
  • Checkpoint roadmaps every quarter and compare to previous versions to ensure roadmaps are evolving.