Principles for Aligning IT with Corporate Strategy

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Principles for Aligning IT with Corporate Strategy
Anneke Zwart, Moderator
Despite of the rapid rise of information technologies in the last decades, the implementation of IT in business strategies does not seem to go without problems. This is mainly because top management is misunderstanding or even totally ignoring the practice of IT.
Feld and Soddard developed a framework that includes three interdependent principles to understand and successfully implement IT in businesses:
1. Establish a long-term IT renewal plan that relates to their corporate strategy. A renewal plan like this will fit to the overall goals of the organization and creates a clear blueprint for renewing systems and creating value in the long run; simultaneously such a plan can cut short-term costs.
2. Create a corporate technology architecture that is simple and serves the entire organization. Instead of serving individual corporate units with a vertically oriented architecture, companies should establish a unifying IT platform that serves the entire organization.
3. Create an IT department that is both performance-oriented and highly functional. Rather than establishing a department functioning apart from the rest of the organization, the IT department needs to work as a team that together strives for achieving challenging corporate performance standards
Source: Feld, C.S. and D.B. Stoddard (2011) “Getting IT Right” Harvard Business Review



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