The CIO and the IT Department need to position as premium provider of IT services and focus on value to cost.

In order to avoid the “do we really need a CIO and IT department to bother us with technology when we can use the cloud?” the CIO has to ensure that the business strategy and business objectives are supported by IT (from a Business and IT architecture perspective). Where the IT Strategy support Strategy execution, “Time to Market”, Cost Effectiveness and stakeholder expectations from an Executive, Business Unit, IT Management and IT Risk Management perspective.

To deliver business value with IT we need to Focus on the Business Bottom Line: How fast can we get our products and services to market “Time to Market  & how can the IT department support the business from a Cycle Time and Cost Effectiveness perspective.

The IT Bottom line is that up to 40 % of current IT spend occurs outside the IT budget (CRM, Cloud). The IT department needs to position itself as a facilitator to IT services and effectively address emerging needs, market opportunities and demonstrate that the current Business Model is supported effectively. The IT department should facilitate the access to IT services to support new and current business initiatives. The business strategy emerge out of a number of initiatives that are successful or not. The IT department need to support the “Run” of day-to-day operations as well as new projects. The Cloud might particularly be of interest within this frame.

We believe that in order for the CIO and the IT Department to position as premium provider of IT services and focus on value to cost we need to understand the Business (IT) Strategy and how the IT department can deliver effectively to business objectives, that is to deliver business value with IT:
- What is the Business’s strategy and plans? , – What is the current business model that IT has to support? ,- Where could IT make a significant impact on the business? ,- Are there any further opportunities to use IT? , – How do we provide IT Services as we meet demand and cost drivers where the decision is to make (internal) or to buy (external service provider)?

We have identified 2 key trends for the CIO to focus on:Differentiation (That is, how does IT provide a competitive advantage for the business), and – Cost (How does the IT Department deliver IT Services cost effectively). To do so we need to Build an effective IT Delivery Model to meet business needs and expectations as we leverage business strategy execution and business processes supported by an IT Service strategy (ITIL, IT – CMF, CobIT 5 (ValIT, CobIT 4.1, RiskIT), ISO 38 500, TOGAF and ISO 9001, ISO 27 001, COSO) delivered in a Business IT roadmap; that is how do we support business objectives and processes leveraged by IT and an effective IT Services strategy. Within this scope we would by definition address how we execute the IT service strategy (ITIL) Design – Spell out IT Activities from a demand and supplier side, Build – Set IT processes and key performance indicators, Run – Aligned to described ITIL activities and processes and full IT Financial Management (supported by delivery capability IT CMF, COBIT 5). Once services defined we can then decide where to run the application that support the IT and or Business Services (server / internal / external cloud / outsourced provider).

 Within the frame of an acquisition up to 80% of the value realisation is (can be) on the IT side. The failure to address IT and the IT strategy can be an additional (1 out of 3) reason to M & A failure.

If we assume that to deliver business value with IT we need to support business objectives, the integration of a new entity is an optimisation of the current IT strategy (how we support business objectives and processes). We would obviously need to understand (and hopefully have the opportunity) how the current IT run before the purchase (IT due diligence) with full IT Financial Management to figure out the actual cost of delivered IT services (cost, consumption, chargeback). Once services defined we can then decide where to run the applications that support the IT and or Business Service (server / internal / external cloud / outsourced provider). We also need to define the purpose of the purchase (invest / divest) in the overall corporate strategy where it is of little use and a significant cost to integrate all systems in to a common backbone if the company is to be divested only a few years later. We could use a an IT Scorecard to ensure that stakeholder expectations are met from an executive, business line, IT and IT risk perspective.

The CIO and IT department needs to support the run of the current business activities as well as new emerging initiatives that will eventually form the business strategy. The cloud (internal or external) would be particularly well placed to develop new services that can then be institutionalised as the success of the initiative is confirmed.

The CIO and IT Department that sit around and wait for the Business Strategy to be formalised to build an IT strategy and vision might not make the 18 months magic mark. The IT Bottom line is that the IT Strategy should support business objectives, with new technology as needed as the IT department delivers effective IT Services and innovative technology solutions to improve competitiveness, demonstrated and articulated.

This is a breakout from Deliver Business Value with IT (the Book) that you can find as well as (Actionable Story Boards) @ https://flevy.com/seller/mpalmgre/ref=mpalmgre that is flick out the slide set on your ipad and start to share with your CIO, Executives and Board.

The CIO and the IT Department need to position as premium provider of IT services and focus on value to cost.

How poor IT Financial Management (accountability) set your business, CIO and IT department up for failure

If you owned an airline company would you accept that when you asked how many passengers that had been transported, which distances where the most profitable, how many tickets sold and at what price and if  time tables and destination where kept as promised and the amount of gas consumed the reply that the planes had been kept in the air and that any constraints would hamper creativity (innovation).

This is however the case for most businesses where the IT department on the premise that they “keep the lights on” should not be held accountable neither for cost nor delivery and IT Financial management is a bean counting mentality (when I spoke to a friend in a top 3 audit firm in regards of this phenomena he told me that whenever a client told him the to keep records of his business was a bean counting mentality he would by definition look closer and 10 times out of 10 would find the records to be revised and basic rules broken) and that to have clear accountability would hamper creativity (innovation).

The bottom line is that most outsourcing is performed not to optimise cost but to get a minimum level of service delivered (and at least the illusion of service level agreements to be met).

When you sign up as a student in business administration you learn how to assign cost, read and build a balance sheet, calculate and optimise cost in production (later as a business controller in the production chain you would project budgets based on ongoing business cost that is clearly spelled out). The question of IT budgets and IT controlling never came on the table and had it I believe that most students would have found it difficult to understand that cost, consumption and chargeback of a service (product) would not be defined and that business entities and subcontractors (tier outsourcing parties) would not define the cost of execution (manufacturing) and the validity of the information used for the billing (chargeback).

In the same way would you sign up to run a retail business operation where you do not know what clients consume which product / service at a specified quantity and subsequently be billed for their consumption (nor how you will finance the future run and build)? This is however the reality for most CIO’s! The focus of a servicebased model is to demonstrate how IT Delivers Value to the business, that is delivers services to business needs (cost effectively, or at least at a specified cost rate that permit to take qualified decisions) over time with an effective IT Business Model and Value Proposition.

We see Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) as the corner stone to move further from “IT generates to much cost” where we can demonstrate who consumes what services (and should subsequently pay for what they consume) to obtain the means (investments) and ends (budgets).

To run a cost effective IT Operation that delivers to business expectations and leverages the execution of the set strategy (1) you would need to build a clear IT Service Strategy (what services do we deliver to the business) with Total Cost of Ownership per user with: cost (how much does each service cost), consumption (how much does the individual user consume) and chargeback (consumed services are allocated “charged back” on an effective cost basis to the business units) (2) in order to be able to provide the means (necessary investments) and ends ( budget). With the right support (best in class technology) this can be done in weeks with a top down (General Ledger), Bottom Up (effective cost) (3) analysis and tied to the roll out of an IT Service Strategy (that drives an end to end roll out of ITIL V 2/3 logics).

Most CFO’s understand a well conceived business plan (IT Service Strategy), with a clear Value Proposition (What services do we deliver) and Business Model (how do we deliver the depicted services to our potential clients) and know that to generate productivity improvement you need to invest. Our experience is that where some clients underconsume services due to a non effective cost allocation model other heavy users tend to overconsume services and do so the more willingly as they do no not pay for their consumption (are not charged back). An allocation model based on delivered services will hence accord the CFO to deliver a coherent financial model based on effective consumption and reflect user behaviour. Most IT Financial Management solutions tend to “massage” the general ledger and do not provide an effective integration to the IT Service Strategy over time. As a result they do not provide cost transparency on an ongoing basis, nor do they deliver to the above set objectives.

This is a breakout from Deliver Business Value with IT (the Book) that you can find as well as (Actionable Story Boards) @ https://flevy.com/seller/mpalmgre/ref=mpalmgre that is flick out the slide set on your ipad and start to share with your CIO, Executives and Board.

How poor IT Financial Management (accountability) set your business, CIO and IT department up for failure

How do we Create a demand of IT services?

How do we Create a demand of IT services?

In a recent conversation that I had with David Giambruno, CIO Revlon, he mentioned his ability to get the business hooked on new services and products as he actively propose new solutions to the business to leverage competitive advantage and keep the run in perfect shape. But the role as “gatekeeper of technology” to create business value can only be valid as the infrastructure runs smoothly. David has over they years shifted the focus of to use 80 % of the budget for workarounds and fire fighting the keep the lights on and 20 % to propose new solutions to the business to an opposite 80 / 20 where 80 % of the budget is used to enhance the capability of the business.

He also clearly indicated that where the logics spelled out in ITIL are excellent they are are a minimum requirement to build an effective IT Strategy to the needs of the business where the perspective has to be completed with a Design (Demand and Supply) and Build (supported by IT processed with clear KPI’s) phase to tie the strategic value piece with the operational elements of IT service delivery.

This is a breakout from Deliver Business Value with IT (the Book) that you can find as well as (Actionable Story Boards) @ https://flevy.com/seller/mpalmgre/ref=mpalmgre that is flick out the slide set on your ipad and start to share with your CIO, Executives and Board.

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How do we Reconstruct the Boundries of the IT landscape

How do we Reconstruct the Boundries of the IT landscape

Would you sign up to run a retail business operation where you do not know what clients consume which product / service at a specified quantity and subsequently be billed for their consumption (nor how you will finance the future run and build)? This is however the reality for most CIO’s! The focus of a servicebased model is to demonstrate how IT Delivers Value to the business, that is delivers services to business needs (cost effectively, or at least at a specified cost rate that permit to take qualified decisions) over time with an effective IT Business Model and Value Proposition.

We see Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) as the corner stone to move further from “IT generates to much cost” where we can demonstrate who consumes what services (and should subsequently pay for what they consume) to obtain the means (investments) and ends (budgets).

To run a cost effective IT Operation that delivers to business expectations and leverages the execution of the set strategy (1) you would need to build a clear IT Service Strategy (what services do we deliver to the business) with Total Cost of Ownership per user with: cost (how much does each service cost), consumption (how much does the individual user consume) and chargeback (consumed services are allocated “charged back” on an effective cost basis to the business units) (2) in order to be able to provide the means (necessary investments) and ends ( budget). With the right support (best in class technology) this can be done in weeks with a top down (General Ledger), Bottom Up (effective cost) (3) analysis and tied to the roll out of an IT Service Strategy (that drives an end to end roll out of ITIL V 2/3 logics).

Most CFO’s understand a well conceived business plan (IT Service Strategy), with a clear Value Proposition (What services do we deliver) and Business Model (how do we deliver the depicted services to our potential clients) and know that to generate productivity improvement you need to invest. Our experience is that where some clients underconsume services due to a non effective cost allocation model other heavy users tend to overconsume services and do so the more willingly as they do no not pay for their consumption (are not charged back). An allocation model based on delivered services will hence accord the CFO to deliver a coherent financial model based on effective consumption and reflect user behaviour. Most IT Financial Management solutions tend to “massage” the general ledger and do not provide an effective integration to the IT Service Strategy over time. As a result they do not provide cost transparency on an ongoing basis, nor do they deliver to the above set objectives.

This is a breakout from Deliver Business Value with IT (the Book) that you can find as well as (Actionable Story Boards) @ https://flevy.com/seller/mpalmgre/ref=mpalmgre that is flick out the slide set on your ipad and start to share with your CIO, Executives and Board.

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How do we build and demonstrate IT success?

How do we build and demonstrate IT success?

The CIO and the IT Department need to position as premium provider of IT services and focus on value to cost.

In order to avoid the “do we really need a CIO and IT department to bother us with technology when we can use the cloud?” the CIO has to ensure that the business strategy and business objectives are supported by IT (from a Business and IT architecture perspective). Where the IT Strategy support Strategy execution, “Time to Market”, Cost Effectiveness and stakeholder expectations from an Executive, Business Unit, IT Management and IT Risk Management perspective.

To deliver business value with IT we need to Focus on the Business Bottom Line: How fast can we get our products and services to market “Time to Market” & how can the IT department support the business from a Cycle Time and Cost Effectiveness perspective.

The IT Bottom line is that up to 40 % of current IT spend occurs outside the IT budget (CRM, Cloud). The IT department needs to position itself as a facilitator to IT services and effectively address emerging needs, market opportunities and demonstrate that the current Business Model is supported effectively. The IT department should facilitate the access to IT services to support new and current business initiatives. The business strategy emerge out of a number of initiatives that are successful or not. The IT department need to support the “Run” of day-to-day operations as well as new projects. The Cloud might particularly be of interest within this frame.

We believe that in order for the CIO and the IT Department to position as premium provider of IT services and focus on value to cost we need to understand the Business (IT) Strategy and how the IT department can deliver effectively to business objectives, that is to deliver business value with IT:
- What is the Business’s strategy and plans? , – What is the current business model that IT has to support? ,- Where could IT make a significant impact on the business? ,- Are there any further opportunities to use IT? , – How do we provide IT Services as we meet demand and cost drivers where the decision is to make (internal) or to buy (external service provider)?

We have identified 2 key trends for the CIO to focus on: – Differentiation (That is, how does IT provide a competitive advantage for the business), and – Cost (How does the IT Department deliver IT Services cost effectively). To do so we need to Build an effective IT Delivery Model to meet business needs and expectations as we leverage business strategy execution and business processes supported by an IT Service strategy (ITIL, IT – CMF, CobIT 5 (ValIT, CobIT 4.1, RiskIT), ISO 38 500, TOGAF and ISO 9001, ISO 27 001, COSO) delivered in a Business IT roadmap; that is how do we support business objectives and processes leveraged by IT and an effective IT Services strategy. Within this scope we would by definition address how we execute the IT service strategy (ITIL) Design – Spell out IT Activities from a demand and supplier side, Build – Set IT processes and key performance indicators, Run – Aligned to described ITIL activities and processes and full IT Financial Management (supported by delivery capability IT CMF, COBIT 5). Once services defined we can then decide where to run the application that support the IT and or Business Services (server / internal / external cloud / outsourced provider).

Within the frame of an acquisition up to 80% of the value realisation is (can be) on the IT side. The failure to address IT and the IT strategy can be an additional (1 out of 3) reason to M & A failure.

If we assume that to deliver business value with IT we need to support business objectives, the integration of a new entity is an optimisation of the current IT strategy (how we support business objectives and processes). We would obviously need to understand (and hopefully have the opportunity) how the current IT run before the purchase (IT due diligence) with full IT Financial Management to figure out the actual cost of delivered IT services (cost, consumption, chargeback). Once services defined we can then decide where to run the applications that support the IT and or Business Service (server / internal / external cloud / outsourced provider). We also need to define the purpose of the purchase (invest / divest) in the overall corporate strategy where it is of little use and a significant cost to integrate all systems in to a common backbone if the company is to be divested only a few years later. We could use a an IT Scorecard to ensure that stakeholder expectations are met from an executive, business line, IT and IT risk perspective.

The CIO and IT department needs to support the run of the current business activities as well as new emerging initiatives that will eventually form the business strategy. The cloud (internal or external) would be particularly well placed to develop new services that can then be institutionalised as the success of the initiative is confirmed.

The CIO and IT Department that sit around and wait for the Business Strategy to be formalised to build an IT strategy and vision might not make the 18 months magic mark. The IT Bottom line is that the IT Strategy should support business objectives, with new technology as needed as the IT department delivers effective IT Services and innovative technology solutions to improve competitiveness, demonstrated and articulated.

To avoid the “Marshmallow” momentum, focus on the business model

I regularly perform an innovation cursus where we use the Marshmallow challenge http://www.marshmallowchallenge.com/TED_Talk.html as an exercise to demonstrate the make or break factor of a project (strategy, innovation production, sales, marketing, R & D) and the importance of to produce a customer journey map and prototype. Each time I perfom the exercise it hits me how often the “Tadaa” moment turns in to the “Uuh” (translated in to that they did not get it) moment during the delivery of an IT project / IT strategy delivery. But rest assured this would also be valid for strategy, marketing, production, R & D, Sales and Delivery.

Within the exercise we demonstrate how IDEO with a simple customer jurney map (day in the life of) formalised, modelised (prototyped if needed) and validated by the client permit significant improvement in effectivenes (that is productive and efficient) and the customer perception of the experince (in this case Amtrac and the General Portland Hospital).

The objective is to address the actual health care service, the patient and staff experience of the service and then define the ways it could be improved. The developpment of what became IDEO Project Journey was key in this success.

Step 1 – Observe: Try to define and map the different health care segment (surgery department, waiting room…) of the hospital/health care service. Collect feed-back from different patients/staff members of each segment (then make a statistical survey, with both quantitative and qualitative information about the service and give a mark to each segment). Rank the grades and select the segments that obtained the worst grade. Experiment the journey of a patient in those specific segments (use shadowing, interviews…).

Step 2 – Synthesize: Confront the patient and the staff point of views of each segment in the health care service (use a unique support like a board to give a synthetic view). Carry out a « typical patient journey » for each segment selected.

Step 3 – Generate Ideas: Allow patient and staff members to post ideas of improvement or suggestions in a box available in the hospital. Brainstorm with the staff.

Step 4 – Refine: Realize a quick prototype for each main idea. Test the prototypes with staff members and patient to analyze what could be quickly improved. Give a provisional budget for each main idea.

Step 5 – Implement: Implement the ideas that suit to the budget constraints. Implement the ideas collaborating closely with the staff. Inform staff and patients of the undergoing change. Be receptive to direct feedback.

If I now describe what can happen in an IT project (all examples are fictional, for educational purpose and any similarity to a real IT project would be coincidental).

Phase 1. – To support business processes and enhance the customer experience we: (this is where we tie back to the IDEO project journey):

Step 1 – Observe: (Context A) A vendor of a process modelisation tool manages to convince the business or IT executive team that to provide a modelised version of business and IT processes was business critical and would demonstrate that the IT Strategy is business centric and that the IT department understands the Business, Business objectives and the Business strategy. (Context B) A business or IT internal client wants to industrialise a process or a bundle of services with IT. We decided to use the same consultants as for the six sigma initiative (below) to capture business processes. The problem is that the business people are to busy to do their job (and might not be able to formalise their processes). And if their work is automatised we might chuck their work out on the cloud or an outsourced provider as well (the last time they spoke to a consultant their colleague was fired (sorry made redundant, sorry given the opportunity to seek new challenges))? Obviously they do not get it.

Step 2 – Synthesize: (Context A) The captured processes are modelised in a process modelisation tool and will sit in a cuppord. (Context B) The captured processes (in the case of the industrialisation effort) delivered by the somewhat reluctant users are translated by a business analyst in to user requirements. These are then transferred to managment for verification. The 300 pages document sit on a disk somewhere for 3 weeks to 3 months before it is shipped of for programming.

Step 3 – Generate Ideas: The user requirements are programmed.

Step 4 – Refine: The end user team is brought in 18 months after to validate the application. Hmm they might not have gotten it either. At least we avoided a fist fight…

Step 5 – Implement: The project sponsor refuses to sign off the project budget because the coulour of beige of the application is not right. We and they know that this is due to the fact that the modelisation did not correspond to the needs of the client in the first place and certainly not 18 or 36 months down the road (not to mention thousands of man hours).

Phase 2. – Solve the problem: We realise that the customer experience and the services delivered by IT does not work / might not be perceived to be effective and the green light red light charts that we produce to demonstrate that we are able to keep the lights on during critical periods of the run performs the effect that we thought it would.

Best case scenario: We convince the executive team to leverage social media and post the business strategy via facebook and twitter for the IT personnel to appreciate it in a crisp 140 characters format

Next best case scenario: Walk your dead dog. This scenario would typically implicate a subject matter expert that would come in for an hour or 2 compare the Information system to a car, a boat or an engine where the new technology is a paradigm shift. The IT team that have participated gets all worked up because the analogy used that relates back to the early 19th century is so descriptive for our current cloud deployment. We build this really great presentation on how to leverage the cloud much as henry ford revolutionaised the personal transport industry with his you can have any coulour you like as long as it is black concept to optimise cost.

Not half that bad case scenario: We bring in a Top 3 or Big 5 to perform a change excercise (preferable a very long slide deck of .ppt that if not produces nausea or panic puts the subject (participant) out (commonly called death by powerpoint) from exhaustion.

The presentation should idealy be based on example of a project put in place for the production in a tooth paste / car factory (not our domain). If possible with a reorganisation so that a task that previously took 3 days now take 5 or 10. We cross our fingers an hope that the green light red light chart now will produce the desired effect.

Worst case scenario: We bring in a Top 3 or Big 5 to help management understand how important it is for IT not to be a support function. Executive management is brought in (down from their ivory tower) and walk the floor and participate in a IT strategy workshop. This is often resumed to a quick walk past a few desk and then in to a war room where an entusiastic team of IT leaders, personel (convoqued by the stategy consultants engaged) are to demonstrate how important it is for the company to have IT. A good intention turns in to a strategy exercise (that the Executive Team has no desire to perform let be told how to do strategy by the IT team) on a brown paper. In a Worst worst case scenario: the consultants bring out finger paint and the Businees executive finds himself with green paint on his tie or suit and now sees red.

Really bad case scenario: The consultants have organised an excercise for the IT team to solve the problem that end users do not get it when solutions are delivered and tend to interupt the reflections of the IT team. The obvious solution would be to exclude end users from any contact with the IT team and set up an answering machine with no possibility to leave a message as they have problems. Since the business consulting lead did not fel convinced, he managed to convice the IT Director to present the conclusions in front of the board. After all this was the conclusions of his team, and an all in IT initiative would have so much more credibility.

Phase 3. – The Big Change: As the business excecutives are a bit stingy and as the green light red light chart still does not do the charm we once more decide to bring in a Top 3 or Big five (preferably the same as earlier). We decide turn the situation around an in order to do so we will not do thing half way and go for a Big Change.

Best case scenario: We engage a top 1 team of consultants, that will manage a top 2 team of consultants, that will in turn manage a top 3 team of consultants to deliver change and new revolutionarry projects to be presented to the board. A transversal Big Change programme is announced and consultants from the top 1, 2 and 3 consulting companies an invited and provided with the possibility to bring in new ideas. The business, IT and endusers are not consulted and business is delivered as usual. After a year or so the conclusions of the programme is delivered, the cover looked smashing but we did not have the time so we put it (burried it) in a drawer for a moment where we would have more time on our hands.

Worst case scenario: We read this really good article by the guy who used to be the top hen for IT for the US government that decided to chuck IT out to the cloud not to have to run an IT department and IT resources (By the way I wonder why he stayed for such a short time before he went on to evangelise the cloud for salesforce). I wonder if we can chuck the IT department out to the cloud. Then the cloud provider could deal with users that are not happy. I wonder if the cost cutting genious that we brought in last year is available. On his recommendation we consitently cut the cost of IT for the (mobile) sales force. At the end of the day as they did not have an office or a fix computer why should they need a lap top? Not to forget that we made substantial economies on software licenses and storage space.

Phase 4. – Set direction: We have the impression that we might not be on top of things and should add a bit of governance. The Internal audit department confirmed this impression as they confirmed that we clearly lacked focus due to the absence of an IT Dashboard.

Best case scenario: As we where quite happy with the Big Change report , the first page does after all look smashing, and the weight of the paper makes my table more stable. We decide to once more bring in our favourite consultants. At the end of the day if the six sigma task force initiative had a few bumps it was not due to the fact that the principles that where implemented where directly applied from the Toyota production chain (they are after all very good at car construction) but certainly due to the fact that the users did not get it. Even though the delivery cycle now takes 180 days compared to 30 before at least it is measured and we can bench cost to competition.

Now to the point, as the audit team requires an IT dash board we asked our consultants to deliver one that looks smashing and the audit team is satisfied. The best part is that we now feel that we have effective governance in place and that they did not have to bother neither the IT executive team nor the business or the IT team.

Worst case scenario: We had a meeting with the business consultant that convinced us that for IT to demonstrate that we support the business we should modelise all 15 00 business processes (I wonder why executive management put an end to this effort ?) This time we will demonstrate how we execute the IT strategy to the business strategy as we will implement a full audit framework!

The execution of the defined business strategy is often a mystery (missing link) both on the Business and the IT side. The truth is that regardless of how well the executive team draws out the strategy in the boardroom the bottom line is that the business initiatives that were supported by clients succeeds, those not supported by clients (that do not get it) fail and disappear.
The CIO and IT department needs to support the run of the current business activities as well as new emerging initiatives that will eventually form the business strategy. The cloud (internal or external) would be particularly well placed to develop new services that can then be institutionalised as the success of the initiative is confirmed.
The CIO and IT Department that sit around and wait for the Business Strategy to be formalised to build an IT strategy and vision might not make the 18 months magic mark. The IT Bottom line is that the IT Strategy should support business objectives, with new technology as needed as the IT department delivers effective IT Services and innovative technology solutions to improve competitiveness, demonstrated and articulated.
The IT Bottom line is that up to 40 % of current IT spend occurs outside the IT budget (CRM, Cloud). The IT department needs to position itself as a facilitator to IT services and effectively address emerging needs, market opportunities and demonstrate that the current Business Model is supported effectively. The IT department should facilitate the access to IT services to support new and current business initiatives. The business strategy emerge out of a number of initiatives that are successful or not. The IT department need to support the “Run” of day-to-day operations as well as new projects. The Cloud might particularly be of interest within this frame.
We believe that in order for the CIO and the IT Department to position as premium provider of IT services and focus on value to cost we need to understand the Business (IT) Strategy and how the IT department can deliver effectively to business objectives, that is to deliver business value with IT:
- What is the Business’s strategy and plans? , – What is the current business model that IT has to support? ,- Where could IT make a significant impact on the business? ,- Are there any further opportunities to use IT? , – How do we provide IT Services as we meet demand and cost drivers where the decision is to make (internal) or to buy (external service provider)?
COBIT 5 (ValIT, CobIT 4.1, RiskIT), ITIL, CMMI, IT-CMF are excellent frameworks to ensure that business and IT processes focus on to deliver business value, to implement a framework is as absurd as to try to roll out a dictionnary. Apply the bits a pieces that apply to your business.

Business focused technology can be a make or break factor as we innovate or re-invent a brand and business model

Business focused technology can be a make or break factor as we innovate or re-invent a brand and business model. Angela Ahrendts for Harvard Business Review:

“When I became the CEO of Burberry, in July 2006, luxury was one of the fastest-growing sectors in the world. With its rich history, centered on trench coats that were recognized around the world, the Burberry brand should have had many advantages. But as I watched my top managers arrive for our first strategic planning meeting, something struck me right away. They had flown in from around the world to classic British weather, gray and damp, but not one of these more than 60 people was wearing a Burberry trench coat. I doubt that many of them even owned one. If our top people weren’t buying our products, despite the great discount they could get, how could we expect customers to pay full price for them?” Read the full article @ http://hbr.org/2013/01/burberrys-ceo-on-turning-an-aging-british-icon-into-a-global-luxury-brand/ar/1

Burburry have taken the a lead in the how to leverage business innovation with IT, notably with social as a key enabler through a “Facebook” driven platform that drives innovation bottom up where employess connect to share best practise on how to set up stores and sell products and even compete internally on a daily basis who sold more in “discussion groups” set up by the teams not by management. I would invite you to discover an interview @ http://blogs.hbr.org/video/2012/12/how-burberry-manages-talent.html?cm_mmc=email-_-newsletter-_-cant_miss_update-_-hbrcm020813&referral=01087&utm_source=newsletter_cant_miss_update&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hbrcm020813

To support business strategy execution

The execution of the defined business strategy is often a mystery (missing link) both on the Business and the IT side. The truth is that regardless of how well the executive team draws out the strategy in the boardroom the bottom line is that the business initiatives that were supported by clients succeeds, those not supported by clients (that do not get it) fail and disappear.

The CIO and IT department hence needs to support the run of the current business activities as well as new emerging initiatives that will eventually form the business strategy. The cloud (internal or external) would be particularly well placed to develop new services that can then be institutionalised as the success of the initiative is confirmed.

The CIO and IT Department that sit around and wait for the Business Strategy to be formalised to build an IT strategy and vision might not make the 18 months magic mark. The IT Bottom line is that the IT Strategy should support business objectives, with new technology as needed as the IT department delivers effective IT Services and innovative technology solutions to improve competitiveness, demonstrated and articulated.

This is a breakout from Deliver Business Value with IT (the Book) that you can find as well as (Actionable Story Boards) @ https://flevy.com/seller/mpalmgre/ref=mpalmgre that is flick out the slide set on your ipad and start to share with your CIO, Executives and Board.

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Build a roadmap for Demand or Cost driven cloud implementation

This is a breakout from Deliver Business Value with IT (the Book) that you can find as well as (Actionable Story Boards) @ https://flevy.com/seller/mpalmgre/ref=mpalmgre that is flick out the slide set on your ipad and start to share with your CIO, Executives and Board.

Deliver Business Value with IT

This is a breakout from Deliver Business Value with IT (the Book) that you can find as well as (Actionable Story Boards) @ https://flevy.com/seller/mpalmgre/ref=mpalmgre that is flick out the slide set on your ipad and start to share with your CIO, Executives and Board.

Build a roadmap for Demand or Cost driven cloud implementation

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Build a roadmap for Demand or Cost driven cloud implementation