One of the main tasks of a CIO is to ensure that IT aligns with the business. Although communication and strategy translation occur 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 corporate governance structure and 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 with IT and efficient resolutions. Success is achievable with an approach that includes:
- The concept of a model adapted to an organization and its strategy, taking into account existing assets along with the business and any IT risks
- A progressive rollout, capitalizing 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 lifecycle phase: strategic planning, transformation and execution. We analyze the interrelationship between IT and the business lines within an organization 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
- organization realignment with respect to skills, roles and responsibilities
- implementation of adapted and robust work methods
- improvement of communication among teams
- ability to provide added value to the organization
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 corporate governance structure, organization, interconnectivity with the business, urbanism, processes, infrastructure and human resources, and they 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 organization’s structure and governance-related issues in addition to decommissioning obsolete information systems.
IT Portfolio Rationalization and Optimization
Optimize the initiation process, follow-up and outcome of IT projects
IT departments must be responsive to their internal and external environments while 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:
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:
- rationalize and capture savings
- ensure business value
- implement and challenge all proposed solutions
Continuous high-profile incidents of organized hacking activities against corporations highlight the importance of protecting organizations against risk while enabling them to continue to do business effectively and efficiently. A company’s inability to comply with security standards is generally due to the inefficiency of their processes and not necessarily to their tools.
While traditional cost-benefit analysis is useful for optimizing resources, an IT security group must consider additional risk-related parameters that transcend costs to create a lifecycle approach for efficient management of the IT security organization and data security policy.
In today’s dynamic business environment, optimizing your organization’s human capital is a requirement. In order to successfully achieve business goals, it is important to first understand and assess the preparedness of your human capital.
Our human capital advisors have created a comprehensive, customizable methodology which provides executives with unprecedented transparency into the skills and capabilities of the members of their organizations.
The need to control costs—particularly in technology—is a logical priority area. To run efficiently, technology departments should operate as a business and this requires financial management, cost optimization, and supply and demand management.