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The concept that digital enables IT strategy is not just an operational consideration; it’s a transformative philosophy that integrates technology deeply into the fabric of business strategy. 

In the past, IT was often seen as a support function, isolated from core business operations. It focused on maintaining systems, ensuring uptime, and optimizing costs. Today, digital technology is the linchpin of business strategies. It’s about using technology not just to support business processes but to define them. 

We help you develop a digital enabled IT strategy that will align your digital assets with the overall business goals and, hence – be an accelerator for your business and secure an IT set-up that is scalable, adaptable, and effective.

Key benefits

  • Aligning business strategy & IT objectives
  • Clearly defined IT strategy streams 
  • IT Capabilities, Skills Mapping & Planning

A vision of a truely digital enabled business model probably requires a company and organization to work in fundamentally different ways. 

Aligning business strategy & IT objectives

In the realm of business, aligning IT objectives with business strategy is crucial for achieving operational excellence and driving growth. 

A set of business strategy-aligned IT objectives ensures that an organization’s technology initiatives support its overarching goals, enhancing efficiency, competitiveness, and market responsiveness. 

This alignment is not static; it requires continuous adjustment and reassessment to stay relevant in a rapidly evolving technological landscape.  

At its core, aligning IT objectives with business strategy involves understanding the business’s vision, goals, and processes and then crafting IT objectives that support these elements. This alignment is critical because when IT and business strategies are synchronized, technology becomes an enabler of business success, rather than just a functional necessity. 

Implementing these aligned IT objectives requires a strategic approach:

  • Regular Communication: Regular dialogue between IT and business leaders ensures mutual understanding of goals and how IT can support them. 
  • Strategic Planning: Developing a comprehensive IT strategy that aligns with business objectives and is adaptable to change. 
  • Resource Allocation: Allocating resources, both financial and human, effectively to support the aligned IT objectives. 
  • Performance Metrics: Establishing metrics to measure the effectiveness of IT in achieving business goals. 
  • Change Management: Effectively managing the change that comes with implementing new technologies or processes.

Examples of Strategic IT Objectives 

  • Enhancing customer experience 
  • Increasing operational efficiency 
  • Driving innovation to stay competitive
  • Ensuring data-driven decision making 
  • Maintaining security and compliance 
  • Enhancing employee productivity and collaboration 
  • Scaling business operations 
  • Reducing costs and increasing ROI 
  • Fostering a culture of continuous improvement 
  • Ensuring business continuity and disaster recovery 

Clearly defined IT strategy streams

IT strategy streams are distinct focal areas within an organization’s overall IT strategy. 

Each stream represents a specific domain of IT that aligns with the broader business objectives and addresses different aspects of an organization’s technology landscape. The concept of IT strategy streams helps organizations manage and prioritize various IT initiatives, ensuring that technology investments and developments are aligned with business goals and deliver value. 

Each stream requires specialized knowledge and skills, and organizations often allocate dedicated resources and teams to manage them. The key to effective IT strategy is not just in developing initiatives within each stream, but also in ensuring that these streams are cohesively integrated and aligned with the overall business strategy. This holistic approach ensures that IT not only supports business operations but actively drives business growth and innovation.

Examples of IT Strategy Streams

  • Infrastructure and operations
  • Cybersecurity and risk management
  • Data management and analytics
  • Digital transformation
  • Application development and management
  • Innovation and emerging technologies
  • Governance and compliance

  • User experience and service delivery

IT Capabilities, Skills Mapping & Planning

The industry expects IT professionals to continuously update their skills in response to evolving technologies. This includes not just technical competencies but also an understanding of emerging trends and their potential business applications. 

Beyond technical expertise, there’s a growing expectation for IT professionals to possess strong business acumen. This involves understanding business models, strategic thinking, and the ability to align IT initiatives with broader business objectives. 

Effective communication and collaboration skills are crucial. IT professionals are expected to work seamlessly with cross-functional teams, clearly explain technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders, and contribute to strategic discussions. 

With increasing digitalization, there’s a heightened focus on data security and privacy. Industry and business expect IT professionals to be proficient in cybersecurity measures, data governance, and compliance with regulations like GDPR.

Examples of IT Capabilities

  • Technological agility
  • Trend analysis and application 
  • Strategic IT planning
  • Business model understanding
  • Interdepartmental communication
  • Collaborative project management
  • Cybersecurity proficiency
  • Regulatory compliance