Gartner Research

Metrics and Planning Assumptions Required to Drive Business Unit IT Strategies

Published: 21 April 2016

ID: G00302141

Analyst(s): Kurt Potter , Stewart Buchanan


Centralized IT control often fuels the belief among business stakeholders that the IT organization cares only about standards and efficiency. To quash this notion, CIOs and IT leaders can leverage Gartner metrics and planning assumptions to drive business unit IT strategies to inspire innovation.

Table Of Contents


  • Seventeen Percent of IT Spending Is Controlled Outside the IT Organization, Down From 38% in 2012
  • Fifty-One Percent of Enterprises Are Comfortable With Some Form of Business Unit and Shadow IT
  • Forty-Eight Percent of IT-Enabled Transformations Within Enterprises Are Funded by the Business Units
  • Up to 30% of Centralization or IT Shared-Service Efforts Are Perceived as Failing
  • Thirty-Six Percent of IT Organizations Claim Higher IT Complexity From Business Unit and Shadow IT
  • Forty-Three Percent of Business Unit IT Is Consumed by CFO and COO Organizations
  • Seventeen Percent Reduction in Business Unit IT Could Make You an IT and Business Maturity Leader
  • Technical Debt and Business Unit IT Strategies
  • Use of the Strategic Planning Assumptions in This Research

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