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Aligning Business and IT Strategies

GK# 8978

Course Overview


Learn the concepts, models, tools, and techniques to actively participate in the planning and scoping of the renewal of systems that will enable a business transformation initiative.

Students pursuing a university-recognized and/or accredited certificate in Canada or continuing education units in the US must attend at least 90% of class time, participate in class exercises and section-knowledge checks, and score at least 70% on an end-of-class, multiple-choice assessment.


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What You'll Learn

  • Importance of alignment between business strategy and IT strategy
  • Work with Information, Application, Technology, Security, and Lead Systems Architects to plan and scope a target systems architecture that is aligned with business strategy
  • Define a set of deliverables that will allow for the creation of an investment business case and a migration plan to implement the target systems model
  • Benefits of a disciplined approach to planning and scoping enterprise system implementations aligned with business strategies


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1. Business and IT Strategies: The Path to Alignment

  • What Business Strategy and IT Strategy Are - Their Premises, Drivers, and Goals
  • IT Strategy Relative to Business Strategy: (e.g., Governance, Stakeholders, Accountabilities, Capabilities, Processes)
  • Why Aligning IT Strategy with Business Strategy Is Critical
  • Steps Involved in Developing an Aligned IT Strategy
  • Critical Success Factors for an Aligned IT Strategy
  • Why an IT Vision and Set of Guiding Principles are Critical to IT Strategy Development Success
  • Purpose and Use of the Models in IT Strategic Planning, and their Inter-Relationships

2. Aligning the Logical Information Model

  • Information Model and Its Relationship to Information Architecture
  • Transformation of the Information Model, from the Conceptual to the Logical Level
  • Using Information Architecture Principles to Demonstrate Alignment of Target Information Model with High-Level Business Requirements

3. Aligning the Target Function Model

  • Function Model and Its Relationship to Applications Architecture
  • Transformation of the Function Model, from the Conceptual to the Logical Level:
    • Using Case Modeling
    • Crud Matrix Affinity Analysis
    • Functional Pattern Analysis
  • Using Applications Architecture Principles to Demonstrate Alignment of Target Function Model with High-Level Business Requirements
  • Using Function and Information Models
    • Application Integration Requirements (Function to Function)
    • Data Mastering Requirements (Information Synchronization)

4. Aligning the Target Network and Trust Models

  • Network Model and Its Relationship to Technology Architecture
  • Trust Model and Its Relationship to Security Architecture
  • Transformation of the Network Model, from the Conceptual to the Logical Level
  • Using Technology Architecture Principles to Demonstrate Alignment of Target Network Model with High-Level Business Requirements
  • Using Security Architecture Principles to Demonstrate Alignment of the Target Trust Model with High-Level Business Requirements

5. Aligning the Transformation Roadmap: Current Systems Assessment

  • Current Systems Assessment Framework (Business Value vs. Technical Quality)
  • Assessing Alignment of Current Systems Portfolio with Logical Models to Identify Functional, Information, Technical and Security Gaps, and Overlaps
  • Other Criteria Used In Systems Assessment
    • User Satisfaction
    • Technology Platforms
    • Age
    • Operational Costs

6. Preparing the Transformation Roadmap: Target Systems Model

  • Transformation of the Logical Systems Model to the Target Systems Model
    • Current Systems Portfolio Assessment
    • Constraint Analysis
  • Assessing the Alignment of the Target Systems Model to the Logical Model

7. Preparing the Transformation Roadmap: Migration Strategy, Cost Estimates, and Migration Schedule Development

  • Business, Organization, and Technology Prerequisites for Implementing the Target Systems Model (from the AS IS to the TO BE)
  • Developing Implementation Strategies that are Tuned to the Organization's Culture and Ability to Implement the Target Systems Model
  • Using Estimating Techniques to Cost the Business, Information, Application, and Technology Work Packages
  • Partitioning and Organizing Implementation Work Packages to Minimize Dependencies and Maximize Organizational Buy-In
  • Describing to Stakeholders the Cost Estimates Development and Impacts of Strategy Implementation, Possibly for More than One Implementation Scenario

8. Business Case and Transformation Portfolio

  • Justification and Approval of the Implementation Plan within the Broader Business Transformation Process
  • Development of the Business Case
  • Implementation of Business and IT Strategy as a Portfolio Management Process
    • Managing Changing Priorities
    • Benefits Tracking



Who Should Attend


Public sector policy and planning analysts, program review analysts, business architects, business analysts, business designers, business solution consultants, business transformation analysts and designers

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Duration: 2 day

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