In order to demonstrate IT value, organizations need to first know wherein lies the IT value
IT is at the cross road, some high-performing IT organizations have built solid value proposition, and moved up its maturity to become the game changer and business catalyst for their companies. However, the majority of IT organizations get stuck in the lower-level of maturity and struggle to prove their unique value, for helping the business gain competitive advantage. So what are the best ways to demonstrate IT value, through analytics or metrics up front; through business cases or portfolios; through governance discipline; through agile practice or just through business-IT mutual understanding?
CIOs as the business strategist should advocate IT strategic value at the big table and practice governance discipline as well: CIOs and senior IT leaders need a seat at the executive leadership tables to ensure IT strategy, goals / objectives align to the wider organizational strategy and culture, while the front-line IT management partner with the bulkier workforce teams and generate ideas to drive business process improvements and IT solution adoption. IT/business partnership teams fill the CI (continuous improvement) idea funnel and senior leadership teams prioritize and schedule resources for those projects that most closely align to and drive forward the overall strategy of the organization.