Friday, May 1, 2020

The Monthly “CIO Master” Book Tuning: Use IT Architecture as A Practical Tool in IT Management May. 2020

The useful tools such as IT Architecture (ITA) helps the management improve the growth capacity and maturity of the organization and rebrand IT as a trustful business partner.

Compared to the other executive positions, the CIO role continues to be shaken up, refined, reinvented, and reenergized. The magic “I” of the CIO title sparks many imaginations and modern CIOs need to wear different hats and play multiple roles.

Here is a set of blogs for brainstorming unconventional CIOs and reinvent IT to get digital ready.


  Use IT Architecture as A Practical Tool in IT Management

Use IT Architecture as a Practical Tool to Improve Organizational Maturity Due to the pervasive technology update and information penetration, businesses today not just use IT as a digital extension, but leverage IT across the company to maximize the business value.IT architecture has two purposes: one is to support the “maintenance” by describing how IT should be in its current states to “keep the lights on” efficiently; the other is to describe how IT enables business change, especially the large scale digital transformation when the well-defined vision is implemented and in the various stepping stages on the way to reach the higher level of organizational maturity.

The Value of IT Architecture The architecture itself seems to be a misunderstood creature as there are many discussions about how to show value, kick-off EA initiatives, etc., first of all, from an IT leadership perspective, what’s the value of IT Architecture?

IT Architecture as the Visualization of Strategy IT continues to grow in importance to organizations, both operationally and as a competitive advantage. Information Technology has become so pervasive in today’s enterprises. However, for many business executives, IT is just like a costly “magic” they know little about, that's why they don't trust it so much and even do not allow IT to work on strategies.

Avoid IT Management Pitfalls by Using IT Architecture Tools With continuous disruptions often led by technology and abundant information, IT is the key component in building up differentiated business capabilities nowadays. Excessive IT complexity limits innovation and enlarges gaps between IT and business. The useful tools such as IT Architecture (ITA) helps the management improve the growth capacity and maturity of the organization and rebrand IT as a trustful business partner.

Decomplexifying IT via Holistic Management Discipline Information Technology is the linchpin of contemporary business. Though by its nature, IT is complex, it doesn't mean IT should continue to complicate the matters or increase unnecessary complexity without discipline. The breadth and depth of IT management include people (skills & capability), process (workflow, effectiveness & efficiency), organizational architecture design, and IT portfolio management. The long-term IT management success requires cross-functional teams working closely to reduce the waste and optimize processes, decomplexify IT via holistic management disciplines.

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