Gartner Research

Shape the New Role of the IT Strategist

Published: 15 July 2008

ID: G00159379

Analyst(s): John Mahoney, Ellen Kitzis


Leading IT organizations are establishing the role of IT strategist to engage iteratively and proactively with enterprise strategic planning at the highest levels. This research outlines the emerging role, what drives it and how to develop it.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Evolution of the Strategy Function
    • The Shift From Tactical to Strategic Planning Is Key to Success
  • Role Definition
    • Understand the Enterprise Business Model and How It Competes in the Market
    • Ensure That the Organization Has a Systematic Approach Toward Examining New Technologies and Utilizing Core IT Assets
    • Interface and Collaborate With Corporate Strategy Functions and Key Stakeholders
    • Create and Facilitate a Process That Ensures That IT and Business Planning Are Fully Integrated on a Continuous Basis
  • How the Role of the IT Strategist Aligns With the Strategy Creation Process
    • Step 1: Business Strategy Creation
    • Step 2: Business Planning
    • Step 3: IT Business Support Planning
    • Step 4: IT Strategy and Operating Model Development
    • Step 5: Annual Operating Plan Development
    • Step 6: IT Operating Model Adjustment

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