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The misconception of an IT Strategy – Part 2

October 14, 2011 Leave a comment

My previous blog spoke about the importance of ensuring a holistic view of the business is taken into context in order to develop an IT Strategy.   Just to summarize, businesses not able to articulate their vision (beyond 6 months) should not spend time developing an IT strategy.  What they need to focus on is the development of an IT plan – which is purely tactical and may even be throw away from an investment perspective.

The next part of this series is focused around partnership.  The old saying goes, ‘it takes two to tango’ – this phrase is foundational in the development of an IT strategy.  Businesses developing their vision without IT stakeholders at the table are fooling themselves.  In this age of technology advancement (with the likes of Social Media, Web 2.0, mobility, Big Data and the like) – how would any organization realistically achieve business differentiation, market growth, product innovation, client servicing, etc. WITHOUT IT at the table.  Simply developing the business strategy and then throwing it over the fence for IT to figure out how the pieces come together from a technology perspective is just insane.  Yet, many organization have taken that approach, making statements such as IT doesn’t understand our business, IT doesn’t need to be at the table, and the classic – IT should not tell the business what they need to do.

I encourage you to build the partnerships with the business – this is easier said than done and it takes time.  IT needs to be build the trust with the business, talk in business terms, translate technical-speak to basic business terms and be able to deliver quality solutions.