Five Essential Steps Towards an IT Strategy

The Pragmatic CIO

IT strategy and planning is hard and time consuming. In this blog, I offer a pragmatic approach to conducting IT strategy effort even in the absence of a business strategy.  Just to be clear, a comprehensive IT strategy requires a well-defined business strategy.  However, some IT planning tasks cannot wait and should not wait for a business strategy to be fully developed.  In this blog, I propose a five-step approach to developing an IT strategy that is especially effective in situations where there is no clearly codified business strategy.

But first, let’s define what a strategy is.  As succinctly put by Duncan Bucknell, “A strategy is a solution to move from where you are now (A) to where you want to be (B)…or put another way, it is what you want to happen to achieve an end”.

I propose the following five essential steps that I have successfully applied…

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