Gartner Research

A CIO’s Guide to Strategy Development

Published: 19 January 2018

ID: G00350489

Analyst(s): Peter Skyttegaard , Noah Rosenstein , Lee Weldon , Ian Cox , Heather Colella

Summary

Digital business has made information and technology (I&T) more strategic than ever, but most enterprises are not very effective at addressing this. CIOs must take on a bigger role in shaping the business strategy, but they will need to navigate several challenging scenarios along the journey.

Table Of Contents
  • KeyQuestion
  • Opportunities and Challenges
  • How This Report Will Help

Foreword

  • Acknowledgments

Executive Summary

  • Strategy is a perennial challenge that demands a new approach
  • The absence of a formal business strategy is a challenge and an opportunity
  • When business and I&T strategies are separate, CIOs need to show the value of information and technology
  • Achieve the maximum benefit of one integrated strategy by avoiding the pitfalls

Strategy is a perennial challenge that demands a new approach

  • Good strategy is hard work
  • How strategy needs to change for digital business
  • A digital-era strategy process involves continuous analysis and synthesis, creation and calibration, and discussion
  • CIOs approach strategy from one of three scenarios

The absence of a formal business strategy is a challenge and an opportunity

  • Understand the challenge when there is no formal business strategy
  • Recognize and embrace the opportunity to fill a void
  • Adapt your response to meet the specific challenge of the enterprise
  • Apply tools and resources to steer the strategy process

When business and I&T strategies are separate, CIOs need to show the value of information and technology

  • Understand the challenge when information and technology are separate from business strategy
  • Recognize and embrace the opportunity to raise I&T capabilities
  • Adapt your response to meet the specific challenge of the enterprise
  • Apply tools and resources to steer the strategy process

Achieve the maximum benefit of one integrated strategy by avoiding the pitfalls

  • Understand the challenge and embrace the opportunity
  • Adapt your response to meet the specific challenges of the enterprise
  • Apply tools and resources to steer the strategy process
  • Conclusion: Good strategy is worth the effort

Appendix: Resource Guide

  • Section 1: Analysis and synthesis
  • Section 2: Creation and calibration
  • Section 3: Discussion

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