As leader of an IT department, you recognize that your ideas, priorities, and perspectives differ from those of business leaders. According to Infotech Research Group, 67% of CIO’s and CEOs do not align on their understanding on the target role for IT. IT executive alignment is the degree to which your association’s CEO and head of IT are on the same page on the vision for IT.
For decades, IT- business alignment has been touted as the next dimension of effective IT, yet many leaders are still without the tools they need to understand and support business priorities. This program eliminates the guesswork and starts closing the gaps between IT and the business perspectives. It will help your IT division:
67% of CIOs and CEOs do not align on their understanding on the target role for IT.- InfoTech Research Group
Instead of producing an endless list to add to your backlog, the program brings clarity to what IT priorities need to be, how they are defined, and how their success is measured. It creates a tangible path to alignment and all of its associated benefits. Research reveals that companies with robust IT departments effectively aligned to business goals achieve higher growth compared to IT departments lacking alignment. For CIOs, effective alignment can be the tipping point in moving IT from supporting the business to enabling and transforming it.
Misalignment is easier to spot than alignment. It is most obvious when core activities –strategic planning, budget & staffing, and project management –are out of sync with business goals. Understand expectations around these core activities so you can determine where to focus IT business alignment efforts.
For IT to serve as a valuable business partner, IT leaders must direct resources toward supporting and achieving business goals. A CEO functions as the primary business stakeholder. Not only does the CEO need to be consulted on these big ticket items, but more importantly he or she must be understood. IT leaders ignore this reality at their own peril.
With effective processes in place, innovation offers the potential for IT to deliver transformative value to the business and create a source of sustained competitive advantage. It is critical to ensure that IT-enabled innovation supports business goals. Ensure innovation alignment continues down the correct path.
You will discover areas where IT enabled innovation is most likely to make a contribution to the organization's overall success. You’ll also review your barriers to innovation in the IT department and from other areas of the business. Finally, you’ll learn the appetite for innovation and when each party perceived a need for adoption of disruptive technologies.
Learn the performance indicators the CEO values to make sure you have program in place to report on them.
Lastly learn when the CEO wants to be involved in key decisions so you can establish regular communication cadence on those activities.
The assessment questionnaire is for the CIO (or head of IT) and the CEO. In organizations where the head of IT does not report to the CEO, the key contact who supervises IT should also participate. It takes about 15 minutes for each user to complete the tool. The results are not anonymous. The responses are shared in a transparent manner to identify the areas where everyone is in alignment and when they are not.
Take the first step to establishing alignment between your IT department and the executive office. Learn more about our Executive Alignment Assessment for Associations.