The dynamic nature of business requires regular revision of its strategy. And IT needs to constantly keep pace with this change and readjust and realign with the business. Nonaligned IT can have serious consequences for the enterprise as it will inhibit the enterprise from realizing its business strategy.
Businesses need to be agile to keep up with the markets, and IT must be agile to stay aligned with the business. As business strategy evolves, there must be a constant assessment of the strategic business changes and their impact on IT. Few considerations:
Basis various surveys, agility is identified as one of the top 10 IT management concerns and it is also perceived as one of the weakest achieved goals (courtesy of ISACA and the University of Antwerp benchmarking study). This result hints at the ‘knowing-doing gap’.
Accordingly, to realize business IT agility, IT also needs to be agile. COBIT proposes IT agility to be measured through:
In an age of digital transformation, digital agility allows enterprises to leverage digital tools and technology to move quickly and easily. Drivers for this are the same as other drivers for enterprises, primarily doing things faster and at a low cost.
Another key to enabling digital agility is fostering a culture that promotes change management and encourages creative problem-solving and collaboration.
The target to be achieved is a tactically agile IT – one that senses and responds to environmental change efficiently and effectively. Agility is an ongoing process and not a one-time or occasional event. For the entire IT organization to be agile, all members of the IT organization need to understand the need for agility and be committed to this process. There are three work principles involved for the IT organization to be agile. These can be represented as agility loops:
Business executive management along with CISOs needs to comprehend and align business strategy and IT strategy to achieve the organization’s objectives to bring greater than expected results by improving existing IT and introducing new IT solutions.
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