The CIO's Guide to Developing IT Strategies That Drive Enterprise Transformation

The CIO's Guide to Developing IT Strategies That Drive Enterprise Transformation

This IDC Perspective explores the need for new IT strategies aimed at supporting and enabling digital transformation and discusses in detail the elements of effective IT strategy. It describes the context and "ecosystem" in which the new strategy is formed and executed and identifies the key attributes and components of a new IT strategy. The IT vision and mission guide IT and LOB organizations and stakeholders, but the IT strategy details "how" to get there. Business strategies are changing significantly in response to new, more disruptive competition, shifting customer dynamics and demands, and turbulent business environments. IT strategies similarly need to undergo significant overhauling or risk becoming detached and irrelevant."Digital transformation is disrupting and changing industries, markets, customers, and businesses at a furious rate, forcing CIOs to continually reinvent IT to meet changing needs," says Marc Strohlein, adjunct research advisor with IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP). "IT strategies are a necessary tool to help guide IT transformation to optimal outcomes that solve the needs of the business."

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Executive Snapshot
Situation Overview
Why Digital Transformation Requires New IT Strategies
Defining IT Strategy and the Strategy Ecosystem
What Purposes Do IT Strategies Serve?
Essential Elements of New IT Strategies
Attributes of Effective IT Strategies
New IT Strategies in Action
Advice for the Technology Leader
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