Gartner Research

Six Strategies to Manage and Lead Business Unit IT

Published: 21 April 2016

ID: G00302142

Analyst(s): Irving Tyler , Kurt Potter , Richard Hunter , Stewart Buchanan


CIOs and IT leaders need more than governance and influence to manage business unit IT. This research outlines six strategies CIOs can use to work with enterprise stakeholders on a business unit IT strategy that results in maximum business value.

Table Of Contents


  • Manage the Risk Personality of Business Unit Leaders to Create the Right Conditions for Success
    • Centralization-Only Strategies Often Fail If Governance-Only
    • One Size Cannot Fit All
    • IT Must Meet Business Demand
    • Business Conditions Will Dictate Strategy
  • Characteristics and Action Strategies to Deal With IT Ownership — Control and Influence Perspectives
    • Select From the Following BUIT Strategies to Drive Digital Business Success
    • BUIT Strategies Shown in This Research Are From the View of the CIO and IT Organization
    • Refine and Customize These Strategies to Your Business Circumstances
  • Use These Strategies, Goals and Initiatives to Exemplify the BUIT Strategies
    • Source and Share BUIT Strategy — Business Growth and Centralization for Collaborative Delivery
    • Subsidize and Enable BUIT Strategy — Business Growth and Decentralization for Independent Innovation Discovery
    • Business Model Boredom and Self-Optimization BUIT Strategy — Business Maturity and Centralization for Collaborative Delivery
    • Positive Friction and Rule Exception BUIT Strategy — Business Maturity and Decentralization for Independent Innovation Discovery
    • Recovery and Reinvention BUIT Strategy — Turn Around Business Decline Through Centralization for Collaborative Delivery
    • Regeneration and Turnaround BUIT Strategy — Turn Around Business Decline Through Decentralization to Rediscover Independent Innovation

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