Friday, February 28, 2014

Strategic IT thinking in One Sentence

Strategy like GPS, Guild you through Change and Transformation Journey.

Strategy is like GPS, It zooms in vision as a destination, leads organization in the right direction, leverages resource, and executes effectively.

Strategy is the business direction: If you have a very good idea of where you are going - what your systems will be like and how they will work - then it is much easier to choose quickly between immediate opportunities: pick the ones that take you in the right direction

Strategy is a business playbook: A strategy is a coordinated and integrated set of where-to-play, how-to-win, and core capabilities enabled by IT, and management system choices that uniquely meet a customer’s needs. It is only through making and acting on choices that you can win

Strategy is business signal amplifier: By crafting strategy, business has the ability to filter the short-term signals of business and technology changes to identify the longer-term changes in business and technology that require significant and long-range adaptation for business success

IT Strategy is driven by Enterprise Business Strategy: It then cascades down to specific IT Goals.This approach ensures that the IT Strategy is always aligned with the Enterprise Business Strategy. Any IT strategy cannot exist in isolation to business strategy. If the business dynamics is changing, the IT strategy will need to be revisited and should be crafted in a manner keeping flexibility.

The strategy is to connect the unconnected to create long-term value and synergy: Thinking that produces unique, non-obvious technology-based ideas that lead to solving critical business problems or positions the business to act on opportunities in the marketplace. A key characteristic of the IT strategy is that it should be "fused" with the business so that as the business changes course the IT strategy is also modified.

The strategy is cascading: The first strategy goal should be: Keep your capability to have an agility in the case of unforeseen urgent changes in the business or other fields. The strategy is the direction you're heading, agility comes into play when you're defining the tactics to get you there. For example, a company may have a strategy increase their footprint. You can grow organically or by purchasing competitors... either way it doesn't change the overall strategy that you want to grow.

Advocate the emergent Strategy, not Ivory Tower Strategy: CIOs need to think beyond IT strategy, to embrace the three Cs of emergent strategy: Creativity, Context and Cascade. Otherwise, it becomes upfront yearly ivory tower strategy or SPOTS (Strategic Plan on Top Shelf),

To date, IT is strategic, running strategic IT takes strategic thinking, The IT leaders play a critical role in refining IT reputation. It is challenge, but keep at it; equip with strategic mindset, innovate new ways to bring value to the business, then try new ways of showing the value you have created.

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