One of the mains tasks of a CIO is to ensure that IT aligns with the business. Although communication and strategy translation occurs at the executive level, effective IT and business alignment must go beyond executive level conversation to permeate the entire IT organization and its culture. Successful CIOs typically align by establishing a set of well-planned process improvement programs that systematically address obstacles to achieve full and meaningful engagement with the business.
Shared or dedicated, our clients’ IT is often in need of better governance practices. Our approach makes it possible to define a governance model making it an efficient tool for communication with businesses and allowing for better sharing of the stakes associated to IT and efficient resolutions. Success is achievable with an approach that includes:
- The concept of a model adapted to an organisation and its strategy, taking into account existing assets along with the business and any IT risks
- A progressive roll-out, capitalising on our clients’ existing assets which will adapt to the level of criticality of their IT department activities, the business stakes of the company and its existing governance processes
Business and IT alignment
Improve the relationship between IT and the business to achieve a better connection
Our offer aims to develop the relationship between IT teams and the business at every lifestyle phase: strategic planning, transformation and execution. We analyse the inter-relationship between IT and the business lines within an organisation to identify the levers for improvement, establish and implement action plans, and promote best practices across teams to ultimately monitor and record the gained results. Our practice's methodology considers:
- alignment of IT and business goals and convergence of teams
- organisation realignment with respect to to skills, roles and responsibilities
- implementation of adapted and robust work methods
- improvement of communication among teams
- ability to provide added value to the organisation
IT Strategy and Alignment
Structure and steer a transformation program to align it with the business strategy
We assist our clients in the alignment of IT with the business strategy by defining the IT transformation plan. Our skilled practitioners address all IT domains including governance, organisation, interconnectivity with the business, urbanism, processes, infrastructure and human resources and work in collaboration with our clients to prepare, initiate and lead the transformation.
As a result, steps which are successive, stable and attainable are defined with immediate cost savings and an accelerated transformation achieved.
In order to provide a timely and relevant response to current and future business requirements, IT must make important decisions relating to its long term strategy and IT architecture to ensure that its complexity is well managed. Our service-oriented approach includes addressing the organisation's structure and governance-related issues in addition to decommissioning obsolete information systems.
IT Portfolio Rationalisation and Optimisation
Optimise the initiation process, follow-up and outcome of IT projects
IT departments must be responsive to their internal and external environment while contributing and efficiently reducing time to market. This requires a global and detailed vision to drive all ongoing projects, make relevant decisions and be able to initiate optimal projects by the required timeline.
The activities of these two stages must be performed in a consistent way—end to end—while maintaining alignment with the corporate strategy. Our project portfolio management enables IT to define and review the entire process while ensuring that these high priority items are addressed:
- rationalise and capture savings
- ensure business value
- implement and challenge all proposed solutions