Planning Feeds Modernization
“Everything in the IT universe is becoming progressively more tightly connected with everything else — and losing agility and responsiveness to business demand at the same time. However, most IT management teams lack the focus to develop and manage an integrated plan for all their IT assets, defaulting to ‘silo planning.’ Such an approach is deeply damaging to effective IT management. CIOs need to evaluate their strategic planning capabilities and should develop and nurture integrated planning as a key competence of the CIO cabinet.”
— Gartner Research
Yet according to Gartner Research, “most CIOs admit that their teams are unable to devote sufficient time to long-term planning.” As IT Organizations undertake more legacy modernization and combine it with new Green IT initiatives as well as business process transformations, integrated IT planning becomes more imperative yet more difficult to achieve. CIOs need to identify and empower an individual to be responsible for comprehensive IT planning – whether from an internal resource, or by hiring an external Enterprise Architect. CIOs cannot delay in initiating comprehensive IT planning because technology and skills obsolescence are driving ITOs to modernize faster than has occurred in the past 8 years. When undertaking any IT transformation that changes an ITO’s technology or processes, CIOs should run an EA project in parallel. All transformations impact the enterprise architecture. And having an EA steering committee develop and implement an Enterprise Transformation Plan ensures that each transformation works with every other IT component/function in your ITO’s architecture.
Kemtah recognizes the challenges facing CIOs and provides technically savvy Enterprise Architects to spearhead IT Planning within the ITO. Unlike most firms, Kemtah immerses the EA in the client’s environment to produce integrated IT plans that encompass business, end-user, and IT demands.