If practice makes perfect, many of the executives we surveyed feel their companies have a long way to go. The practice of alignment involves planning and successfully executing all the tactics that combine to link technology with corporate strategy: the budget, how much is actually spent on what, the ongoing relationship between IT and the business units, and regularly measuring performance against strategic goals. So it came as a surpriseespecially during a period when spending is so tightthat just a tenth of respondents say their companies link their IT investments explicitly to corporate strategy, and that just 29 percent say their technology strategy is strongly linked to their company's budget.
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