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PO1.4 - IT Strategic Plan

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IT Strategic Plan

Create a strategic plan that defines, in co-operation with relevant stakeholders, how IT goals will contribute to the enterprise’s strategic objectives and related costs and risks. It should include how IT will support IT-enabled investment programmes, IT services and IT assets. IT should define how the objectives will be met, the measurements to be used and the procedures to obtain formal signoff from the stakeholders. The IT strategic plan should cover investment/operational budget, funding sources, sourcing strategy, acquisition strategy, and legal and regulatory requirements. The strategic plan should be sufficiently detailed to allow for the definition of tactical IT plans.

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Value Drivers

  • Strategic IT plans consistent with business objectives
  • Strategic objectives and associated accountabilities clear and understood by all
  • IT strategic options identified and structured, and integrated with the business plans
  • Reduced likelihood of unnecessary IT initiatives
  • Strategic IT plans complete and usable
  Risk Drivers
  • Business requirements not understood or addressed by IT management
  • No regular and formal consultation between IT management and business and senior management
  • IT plans not aligned with business needs
  • Unnecessary IT initiatives and investments
  • IT plans inconsistent with the organisation’s expectations or requirements
  • IT not focused on the right priorities

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  1. Establish a process to translate business strategy, business expectations, and current and future IT capabilities into an IT strategic plan.
  2. Ensure that IT has established a process to identify, document and adequately address organisational changes, technology evolution, regulatory requirements, business process re-engineering, staffing, in- and outsourcing opportunities, etc., in the planning process.
  3. Define roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders involved in the strategic planning process.
  4. Develop IT capabilities to support the business requirements and contribute to expected benefits as included in the enterprise’s strategic plan.
  5. Identify and document the implications on the business strategy in terms of risk and cost of the required IT capabilities. Resolve negative implications appropriately in co-ordination with the business.
  6. Define and document the IT goals and objectives necessary to cost-efficiently:
    • Achieve the benefits and manage the risks of the capabilities required of IT
    • Establish the current and future performance required to respond to business expectations
    • Provide transparency on capabilities delivered by IT and their contribution to strategic objectives
  7. Translate the business-derived IT objectives into outcome measures represented by metrics (what) and targets (how much) that can be related to business benefits. Obtain appropriate stakeholder approval.
  8. Formally approve and communicate the IT strategic plan and ensure that it is clearly understood by those who need to translate it into budgets, tactical plans, sourcing and acquisition strategies, processes, and organisational structures.

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