Practical Implementation of IT Strategy

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Ken Gordon
Strategy Consultant, United Kingdom

Practical Implementation of IT Strategy

The Venkatraman model for strategic alignment offers a framework for understanding the organizational drivers for technological development and alignment. These drivers will change over time and alter the loci of the decisions that will affect the technological strategy.
However, strategy should not change over the short term. How then does the organization resolve conflicts in the direction of organizational drivers of technology strategy? I would posit that the perspectives offered in Venkatraman's framework should be viewed as being inclusive in the development of IT strategy and that the resolution of conflicts will be dependent on the technological maturity of the organisation.

This is because the technological maturity of the organisation will impact positively on the ability of the various stakeholder to understand and appreciate the perspective of others in relation to the perceived developmental and maintenance requirement of the IT infrastructure.

With this maturity comes a realism which tempers what is ideal with what is optimum. i.e. sunk costs will have the major influence.

  Maria Ford MBA, USA
 

Strategic Alignment and In-House Talent

As reflected in the Venkatraman framework diagram, the IT and business domains are reliant on each other. While I agree...

  Sunil Attarde, India
 

Business & IT Strategy

Good Article/post - Summarizes in nut-shell How IT & Business strategies impact each other and can be effiectively used...

  Ken Gordon
Strategy Consultant, United Kingdom
 

Strategic Alignment and In-House Talent.

The technological platform of an organisation must necessarily be considered as the primary driver of the requirements f...

  usman, Pakistan
 

IT & Business Strategy

Good overview of the effect of IT on Business Strategy. But it has given so much importance on IT. It seems to be an alt...

  Mark Tocco, USA
 

Alignment as Process

The Venkatraman Framework is useful for establishing possible perspectives. Alignment achievement must be a process in...

  Scott Scott
CxO / Board, United Kingdom
 

No Practical Application

Whilst the strategic alignment model is of conceptual interest it has little or no practical value when it comes to the ...

  Ken Gordon
Strategy Consultant, United Kingdom
 

No Practical Application

Hi Scott, I have read your post with great interest and would agree that whilst 'Strategic Alignment' is an excellent an...

  Ken Gordon
Strategy Consultant, United Kingdom
 

Alignment as Process

@Mark Tocco: Hi Mark, I agree with all that you have said regarding the continuous nature of Strategic Alignment as a pr...

 

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