What CIOs Need to Know About Business Alignment

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-11-2014 Email Print this article Print

By now, CIOs are highly aware of the C-suite's growing interest in aligning IT planning, investment and deployment with strategic business goals. Despite the fact that much of this activity is driven by the increasingly unpredictable and rapid pace of market shifts, many organizations are still moving too slowly toward this goal. CIOs and tech departments are hardly the sole parties to blame, findings show. In many cases, their best efforts are undermined by the existing corporate culture. It's difficult, after all, to work with business teams on optimal IT acquisition and usage when those same business teams go out and buy a load of apps without even telling the CIO or his or her tech team. To further illustrate the rising demand for better alignment and the subsequent challenges, we present the following industry research findings. And to help steer CIOs in the right direction to address these challenges, we're also providing five proven best practices. All statistics and best practices were compiled from research and presentations from organizations which included Deloitte, the Society for Information Management, the ROI Institute, Cisco and Serena Software.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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