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IDC PlanScape: How to Use the IDC PlanScape — The Who, What, Why, and How of Intelligent IT Investments

IDC PlanScape: How to Use the IDC PlanScape — The Who, What, Why, and How of Intelligent IT Investments

This IDC study explores the IDC PlanScape and its structure and its use as a tool to improve the CIO's ability to support IT investments in emerging technologies that support business innovation and value. CIOs have the opportunity to adapt their IT solutions to the real requirements of their business leadership by understanding how the IDC PlanScape employs attributes like actual practices and experiences, strategic goals, culture, process maturity, and organization to shape IT's service and support strategies in a number of key areas that are critical to IT leadership.

The study focuses on a few key IT management areas that are central to using the IDC PlanScape effectively:

  • What is an IDC PlanScape? How can it be used to support business goals?
  • How can the IDC PlanScape be used to assess the challenges, opportunities, risks, and organizational roles in deploying specific technologies that leverage emerging IT products and services?
  • How does the IDC PlanScape integrate with an IDC MaturityScape and the process of improving IT maturity?

"Executing a business strategy is rarely a case of managing a smooth, homogeneous change that spans the length of the strategic planning time frame. Far more often, there are one or more large-scale initiatives along the way that, if successful, will define the ability of the business to become what its leaders envisioned at the outset," says Fred Magee, adjunct research advisor with IDC's Research Network. "IDC PlanScape enables planning for some of these component parts as standalone initiatives, even though they make up a piece of a larger transition strategy."

Please Note: Extended description available upon request.

IDC Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
What Is an IDC PlanScape?
Standalone Planning Methodology
Strategic Transition Road Map
Organizational Development Tool
IT Investment Framework
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
Near Term (0–6 Months)
Medium Term (12–18 Months)
Longer Term (18–36 Months)
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Figure: IDC PlanScape: Structure and Framework
Figure: The IDC DecisionScape Framework
Figure: Deploying New Technologies

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