Alignment considers both how IT is aligned with the business and how the business should or could be aligned with IT. It is not a question of whether an organization is aligned or not aligned. It is a question of how to enhance the IT-business relationship to help improve opportunities for leveraging IT. The Strategic Alignment Maturity Assessment is a proven vehicle for attaining this objective.
Terms such as integrate, harmony, link, fuse, affiliate, IT is the business, coalition, fit, match, meld, converge, interwoven, holism, empathy, synchronization, and partner are frequently used synonymously with the term alignment. Whatever term you prefer, it is a persistent/pervasive problem that demands an ongoing process to ensure that IT and business strategies adapt effectively and efficiently together. Perhaps most important is recognizing that there is significant research available that demonstrates the relationship of alignment to firm performance.
Enlightening line management on technology’s possibilities and limitations is hard; so is setting IT priorities, developing resources and skills, and integrating systems/services. It is even tougher to keep business and IT aligned as business strategies and technology evolve.
There is no silver-bullet solution, but achieving/improving alignment is possible. Over 15 years of research has found that mature alignment requires effective governance, partnership, communications, value analytics, technical services, and people, as illustrated in the alignment maturity criteria below.
The methodology developed by Doctor Jerry Luftman for assessing how ready your company or business unit is to create, improve, and sustain alignment has been successfully applied by over one-third of the Global 1,000 companies, as well as 100’s of organizations of every size. In addition to identifying opportunities for improving the business-IT relationship, the benchmarking insights are vital.
Jerry Luftman Ph.D. has leveraged his experience as a CIO, IT management consultant, and academic, with his strong network of prominent academics and IT practitioners, to provide a valuable and innovative offering. In this video he is interviewed during the recent MIT Symposium.
While there are dozens of published papers/articles about the assessment (some of the papers are available below, as well as the survey link above), the most complete description can be found via the book available online and in print (ISBN: 978-1-257-93014-2) from Lulu and Amazon. Click the cover for the Amazon link.
Find out more by clicking on the 5-titles on the top of the screen, the drop-down list above, the pictures or the occasional bold text link on the right.
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