Gartner Research

How to Create an Information and Technology Strategic Plan

Published: 22 November 2016

ID: G00316555

Analyst(s): Ed Gabrys , Monika Sinha , John MacDorman


Digitalization is transforming the way enterprises approach and deliver on their strategic ambitions. CIOs must focus on enabling enterprise business outcomes and capabilities through unified information and technology planning.

Table Of Contents


  • Clarify the Flow Between Strategy, I&T Strategic Planning and Operational Planning
  • Focus the Information and Technology Strategic Planning Process on the Realization of Key Enterprise Business Outcomes and Capabilities
    • Input
    • Process
    • Components
    • Output
  • Expand I&T Planning Beyond the IT Department by Unifying Siloed I&T Planning Efforts Across the Enterprise
  • Engage in a Highly Collaborative and Ongoing Strategic Planning Process Using the Five Pillars of Effective Strategic Planning
    • Pillar 1: Stakeholders — Identify and Engage the Right Stakeholders
    • Pillar 2: Process Engagement — Determine the Flow of Key Decisions to Support Planning Analysis
    • Pillar 3: Governance — Clarify Goals, Roles, Risks and Deadlines
    • Pillar 4: Communication — Lead Communications and Culture Change Management Throughout the Life Cycle of Strategic Planning
    • Pillar 5: Adaptability — Establish a Regular Review Cadence and Adaptive Capability to Update Strategic Plans in Accordance With Change and Ongoing Feedback

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