CIO – how do you link up to Corporate strategy?
Every CXO would like to link up to the company’s overall strategy. You as a CIO has probably been through Gartner’s enterprise architecture papers that tell you how to connect to the overall strategy. Simultaneously there is a ‘race’ from every CXO to connect to strategy and be relevant.
First, you need to ask yourself:Who gives me advise on Corporate strategy? How can I articulate Corporate strategy?
I have read a lot of papers from IT advisors that shows how Enterprise architecture, Capability Models, and Value models are helping you to define and implement a strategy. But I disagree that they are giving you the full picture of how to define, articulate, cascade and execute strategy for ‘all business functions’.
I believe in a good process and methodology for defining, cascading, operationalizing strategy. But I
don’t believe in pre-defined models where you should check your capability based on some consultant templates. No wonder why IT often crashes when they start to talk about Strategy from a pure Capability Maturity Model point of view.
Have I provided them with a platform to develop and cascade strategy in a collaborative manner?
Software support for strategy is very weak in almost every company. Therefore, every CXO creates their own business management solutions focused on their own functional business domain with a ‘bolt-on’ for strategy implementation. Instead of ‘one strategy’ you will get x numbers of strategies based on the number of CXO’s.
Give the CXOs the power
To build their own business solutions in a business orchestration platform. Go beyond your diagram of where servers are located and how IT systems play together with people and processes. Give the business people the tools they need to manage their side of performance and link it all up to a unified defined strategy. Then and only then you will become the hero that gather and not spreads.