In the previous blog in this series, we showed how to align the IT Vision with Business Strategy and objectives. The next step in developing IT Strategy is to understand how current capabilities stack up against the IT Vision, i.e. perform a capabilities gap analysis.
Performing the capabilities gap analysis involves a few key steps:
These few steps will ensure that the full extent of the gaps in IT capabilities is known. This is one of the most important steps and it is critical to perform this activity with complete impartiality and without bias so as to unearth the true nature of the gaps.
In summary, IT strategy needs to be aligned with business drivers and objectives to be effective. While understanding the business context is the first step in the development of IT Strategy, the next step is to do a gap analysis between the capabilities that are required to fulfill the IT Vision and the current state of IT capabilities. The next step to frame the IT Strategy will be explored in the next blog in this series.
How do you go about assessing your IT capabilities?
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