What CIOs Need to Know About Business Alignment

What CIOs Need to Know About Business Alignment

A Big A Big “To Do”

Nearly one-half of senior IT executives say better alignment with business needs is a top priority, which is more than double compared to a year ago.

Ready and AbleReady and Able

63% of IT pros are confident in their ability to respond to the needs of business.

Fuzzy ProfileFuzzy Profile

More than one-quarter of IT pros equate the visibility of their IT department into their organization’s business initiatives to “a foggy day in London,” despite their confidence in IT’s ability to respond to business needs.

Business MindedBusiness Minded

CIOs spend 37% of their time focused on business matters.

Out of the LoopOut of the Loop

76% of IT leaders say business applications are rolled out without engaging IT, despite the amount of time they spend on business issues.

Best Practices: Get With StakeholdersBest Practices: Get With Stakeholders

Identify all key stakeholders. Interview them to discuss essential business needs and pain points.

Best Practices: IT InventoryBest Practices: IT Inventory

Match all discussed business needs and pain points to current IT capabilities that can address both of them.

Best Practices: Identify GapsBest Practices: Identify Gaps

Assess which gaps remain in terms of IT addressing business needs and eliminating pain points. Match all subsequent tech investment to directly addressing these gaps in order to justify the strategic and business purpose of the investment.

Best Practices: Disclose Your BiasesBest Practices: Disclose Your Biases

Pre-existing biases on both the IT and business side are perfectly understandable. To unite on strategy and vision, it’s best to openly share biases to reach a common ground.

Best Practices: Build the Right TeamBest Practices: Build the Right Team

Designate IT members not only for their tech and business knowledge, but their ability to collaborate and improvise.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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