Gartner Research

Use Scenario Planning to Make Business and IT Strategies More Resilient in an Increasingly Volatile World

Published: 31 July 2012

ID: G00237486

Analyst(s): Ansgar Schulte, Mary Mesaglio


CIOs who spur the adoption of scenario-based planning in the enterprise can help make business and supporting IT strategies more resilient to unforeseen changes and anticipate appropriate responses to different technology futures.

Table Of Contents


  • Why Is Scenario-Based Planning So Important?
  • What Is Scenario-Based Planning?
    • Scenarios Don't Forecast the Future; They Explore What Is Possible
    • Scenario-Based Planning Provides a Method to Link Possible Futures to Current Planning
  • How Should CIOs Leverage Scenario-Based Planning in the Enterprise?
    • 1. Scenario-Based Planning for Creating More-Resilient Corporate Strategies
    • 2. Scenario-Based Planning for Uncovering Technology Risks and Opportunities
  • Final Remarks

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