Chief Information Officers (CIOs) must assist the entire organization in comprehending how information and technology allow for business skills that drive success. This requires them to take lead in developing, articulating, and implementing an IT strategy that helps their organization stand out.
By visualizing the business model in a way that can be easily shared for collaboration throughout the company, storytelling assists CIOs and IT leaders in engaging business leaders in important business conversations.
Successful businesses set themselves apart in one of three ways:
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Knowing which strategy your organization employs might help you focus on the strategic decisions and investments you need to make, for example:
Choose a vantage point from which to tell the story of your strategy. Consider the following scenarios:
Keep in mind that this is an iterative process that should be revisited and tweaked as needed.
The image below highlights the 3 broad stroke objectives to always keep in mind when optimizing your IT strategy in a process-driven approach over 3 to 6 years:
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IT leaders can close the strategy-to-execution gap by developing a strategic plan that specifically defines the roadmap of initiatives and portfolio of investments required to execute on the strategy by capturing the strategy in a way that makes it easier to communicate and engage with business leaders.
The strategic plan can also be summarized, visualized, and communicated on a single page, giving IT leaders a useful tool to summarize, visualize, and express the relationship between the strategy and the strategic plan.
The one-page IT strategic plan highlights the important inputs and links them to the strategic plan output's key sections.
Any business strategic plan must have the following three elements:
Then construct a deployment roadmap for each enabling capability and endeavour, as well as a cross-enterprise dependency and risk tracker.
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