How does an organization embrace market- and business-driven change?
Some organizations turn to their enterprise architecture (EA) or IT architectures
for answers. Others use program boards to evaluate options based on
lightweight business cases that lack a broader context. In most cases, IT is a
follower, not a leader, in the strategic planning and transition process. What’s
needed is a systematic, flexible approach for strategic planning for IT. An
approach that helps the organization unite the business and architecture
view into a central platform and leverage existing tools and the Web to share information and decision-making across IT, EA and the business.
The Strategic Planning Platform (SPP) framework is the next evolution in IT management. It is designed to systematically manage change across an organization. It draws upon new trends in Web technology to facilitate a more decentralized approach to analyzing and prioritizing market changes and business demands. The framework helps organizations understand how they operate today to manage future change. By embracing EA, IT and business into the change process, an organization can elevate decision-making to a strategic level. IT becomes a full partner in the process.
IT projects, such as a technology refresh, service-oriented architecture (SOA) planning, IT governance and business planning all offer natural entry points
for adopting strategic planning within IT. As new market demands arise, new ideas for products, services or efficiencies can be embraced. Most importantly, IT moves from the hot seat into the driver’s seat for change.