October 20, 2015
- Answers the most important issues for IT leaders in 2016 based on the responses from 785 organizations.
- Business/IT Alignment – Remains a persistent issue due to the changing nature of business and the difficulty IT has in responding to these changes. Being and staying aligned is critical.
- Business Cost Reduction and Controls – While a top concern for organizations it’s not a top “personal” concern for those who participated. Clearly suggesting a significant disconnect between business and IT executives.
- Speed of IT Delivery and Time-to-Market (ToM) – IT is now part of every business process and product. ToM impacts all critical organizational criteria for measuring success.
- IT Agility and Flexibility – IT leaders reaffirm the desire to achieve strategic and organizational benefits; while also improving IT operations.
- IT Cost Reduction and Controls – While being more responsive to the organization, IT must become “more efficient, swift, secure, nimble, and innovative”.
- IT Value Proposition to the Business – IT leaders must consider themselves to be technology leaders AND also recognize the significant role they play in achieving organizational goals.
- Innovation – one of the loudest calls to action for CIOs this year. In fact, innovation can help with just about all of the IT management issues.
Our Point of View:
- Traditional approaches (Internally developed, Analyst authored, Consultant-led, etc.) have and will continue to exacerbate and expand “The GAP” (Chasm) between Business and IT.
- “The GAP” (Chasm) between business and IT executives will continue until business and IT executives agree upon a set of “Decision Making Standards” to drive their strategic and execution decisions.
- The lack of “Decision Making Standards” (Mind-set, Skill-set, and Tool-set) are the primary reason for organizational variation and the resulting waste in time, people, resources, and capital.
- For Decision Making Standards to work they must provide proven and practical (simple) ways to align priorities among stakeholders, identify requirements for
success, and establish criteria to measure success.
- Forward thinking business and IT executives are now redesigning their current governance and guidance investments to include and leverage the use of Decision Making Standards.
- Their pay-off has been better business/IT alignment, faster agility to anticipate market demands, and lower IT service costs to deliver business value.