IDC PlanScape: Operationalizing FITARA by Communicating IT Value

IDC PlanScape: Operationalizing FITARA by Communicating IT Value

This IDC study explores how public sector CIOs and IT management teams can better express to their internal agency customers, oversight organizations, and the public at large what value IT is creating to their programs and services. For IT to succeed, the value of each IT service can be expressed in terms of five key stages of value creation that not only need to be achieved but clearly "marketed" to the IT stakeholders. In addition, with 3rd Platform alternatives to traditional IT services complicating the picture, cost of the IT service becomes a significant differentiator and must be comparable to commercially available third-party services.This study focuses on services transformation, leadership transformation, and IT strategy and governance in the public sector."Measuring and communicating the value of IT requires that IT be restructured into a viable service business in which the cost and value proposition of each service can be clearly defined and measured," says Thom Rubel, adjunct analyst with IDC's IT Executive Program (IEP).

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Executive Summary
Why Is Communicating IT's Value to Agency Constituencies Important?
Traditional IT Accounting Cannot Measure Program Improvement
What Is Communicating IT's Value to Agency Constituencies?
Define the IT Service Portfolio
Who Are the Key Stakeholders?
IT Investors
IT Departmental/Agency Customers
How Can My Organization Take Advantage of Communicating IT's Value to Agency Constituencies?
Ensure That IT Projects Deliver Their ROI and Budget Commitments
Ascertain Whether IT Improved from Its Former Position
Make Sure IT Is Competitive with Alternative Solutions
Ascertain the Strength of IT's Contribution to Achieving Agency Program Goals and Metrics
Consider How IT Can Generate Cost Savings for the Agency
Essential Guidance
Next Six Months
Next 12–24 Months
Next 24–48 Months
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