Strategic Alignment Within an Organisation
Ken Gordon MBA PMP, Strategy Consultant, United Kingdom
There are many ways that 'Strategic Alignment' may be managed within an organisation. Most companies tend to utilise the concept of a strategic road map, one for each area of the company's operations feeding into a global view. These road maps highlight the path to implementation of the strategic development of the applications portfolio and underlying IT infrastructure.
Other companies are more sophisticated in the determination of their Strategic Alignment needs and make use frameworks such as Common Objectives Business and IT (COBIT), The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), or the Zachman Framework
to determine the 'Strategic Alignment' needs of the organisation and to facilitate communications.
The application of the more formal methodologies will be more evident within organisations of scale where the IS/IT infrastructure is diversified and highly complex. The levels of complexity experienced requires a significant degree of management and control in order to ensure congruence in the development and deployment of applications and infrastructure, hence the application of the formal methodologies.