What is IT Strategy?

There are some terms that are used more than they are understood. IT Strategy is one of them.

On the one hand, people mystify the term and use it with reverence. "IT Strategy" gets a great deal more respect than say "programming". On average, IT Strategists are paid more than programmers. So the mystique is maintained and feeds its own success. On the other, the term is thrown around as if it were a commodity. From programmers to CIOs, everyone is doing "IT Strategy"! Everyone has an opinion on IT Strategy. Everyone has a definition of IT Strategy. With so many definitions of IT Strategy, it is not clear what people are "saying" and what listeners are "hearing"!

The good news is that the definition of IT Strategy is not any one person's purview. No one owns the term. However, the bad news is that one needs a clear definition of the term to get some work done.

So, what is IT Strategy?

IT Strategy is an iterative process to align IT capability with business requirements:

  • It is a process not a point in time event
  • It is iterative - success comes after multiple - do and learn - cycles
  • The key is the alignment of business and IT capability rather than designing IT to address business requirements
    • The former assumes that both capabilities drive each other
    • The latter assumes that business drives IT and not vice versa
  • IT Strategy sets direction for IT function in an organization
    • Ensures that maximum IT dollars are spent on value creation activities for the business
    • Ensures that these dollars create the maximum value 

IT Strategy helps create shareholder value. In other words, it helps maximize the return on IT investments.

IT Strategy 101

This presentation set provides excellent guidance on information technology strategy (IT Strategy). Excellent read for a CIO to understand strategic planning in context. (450 pages)

e-book - How to Develop a Strategic Plan for Information Technology

This comprehensive document illustrates the framework, process, and deliverables in creating a strategic plan for information technology. An excellent example that CIOs can use to develop an IT Strategy for their own organization. (250 pages)

e-Book: How to Create Value from Information Technology

This set of presentations is a complete guide to using information technology to create value for the business. Excellent resource for the CIO who wants to use IT as a strategic weapon. (600+ pages)

e-Book - Understanding IT Strategy

This e-book provides guidance to managers on creating an IT capability that creates business value. An excellent discussion for the CIO to understand why do what they must! (600 pages)

Introduction to IT Strategy

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Business IT Alignment

This paper introduces business IT alignment, connects it to enterprise architecture planning, and discusses frameworks to measure, and assess it over time. Good Read!

Introduction to IT Strategy

This presentation will help you understand what IT strategy is, what it means to align business and IT, and the steps required to create business IT alignment. A good read for the CIO who is trying to get on introduction to IT strategy.

IT Strategy Framework

This presentation provides an excellent overview of IT Strategy with a focus on the need to develop one: create shareholder value by aligning IT investments with business needs. It introduces a framework for IT Strategy geared towards business IT ali...

What is IT Strategy?

This presentation introduces information technology strategic planning aka IT Strategy using an IT Strategy Framework. Good Read!

Introduction to IT Strategy

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