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Developing Strategic Plans: A Practical Guide to Getting Started

Published: 22 May 2017

ID: G00326337

Analyst(s): Jenny Beresford, Betsy Burton , Christie Struckman


Developing IT strategic plans can take too much time and resources, and still fail to generate direction that is clear, actionable, current and relevant. To develop impactful IT strategic plans, CIOs must orient to business strategy, design the strategic planning process and get started.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Orient to the Business Strategy, or Determine What It Would Be, and Fill in Any Gaps So That It Is Clear and Actionable
  • Design the Strategic Plan Process
    • Prepare
    • Assess
    • Plan
  • Establish a Governance Structure, Engage Decision Makers and Stakeholders, and Communicate the Plan
    • Establish Governance and Engage Stakeholders
    • Communicate
    • Kickoff

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