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Getting Started With an Effective IT Strategic Planning Process

Published: 15 May 2008

ID: G00156221

Analyst(s): Ellen Kitzis , Michael Gerrard

Summary

An IT strategy is a critical planning element for all IT organizations. Here, we introduce a framework and process descriptions to facilitate getting started with an effective planning process.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Introduction
    • "Strategy" Defined
  • The Importance of Strategic Planning
    • A Road Map Ensures Success
  • The Difficulties Involved With Developing an IT Strategy
  • Strategy Is Not a One-Time Event
  • Developing an Effective Strategic Planning Process
    • Business Strategy Creation
    • Business Goal and Strategic Intents
    • Business Principles
    • Business Planning
    • Develop the Annual Operating Plan
    • Adjustments to the IT Operating Model
  • Change Management — Communicating the Plan
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations

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