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BEST PRACTICES FOR

IT STRATEGIC PLANNING

Version 1.0 Date: 04/06/2007

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Best Practices for IT Strategic Planning

Table of Contents
1. 2. Executive Summary .......................................................................................................... 4 Introduction ....................................................................................................................... 5 2.1. Purpose ....................................................................................................................... 5 2.2. Document Structure ..................................................................................................... 5 2.3. Related Documents...................................................................................................... 5 3. Overview of IT strategic Planning .................................................................................... 6 3.1. Planning as a Management Practice ............................................................................ 6 3.1.1. The Importance of Planning............................................................................................................8

3.2. Strategy ....................................................................................................................... 9 3.3. Strategic Management ............................................................................................... 10 3.4. IT Strategic Planning.................................................................................................. 11 4. IT Strategic Management Process ................................................................................. 14 4.1.1. 4.1.2. External Environmental Scanning .................................................................................................15 Internal Environmental Scanning ..................................................................................................16 Review of Vision and Mission .......................................................................................................18 Creating a Candidate Set of Strategic Goals .................................................................................18 Alignment with the IT Strategic Framework ...................................................................................20 Selecting the strategic Goals Based on Strategic Directions ..........................................................21 Defining the Strategic Objectives ..................................................................................................21 Policy Guidelines .........................................................................................................................22 Documenting the IT Department Strategy .....................................................................................22 Communicating the master IT Department Strategy.......................................................................22

4.2.

Strategy Formulation.................................................................................................. 18

4.2.1. 4.2.2. 4.2.3. 4.2.4. 4.2.5. 4.2.6. 4.2.7. 4.2.8.

4.3. Strategy Implementation ............................................................................................ 24 4.4. Evaluation and Control ............................................................................................... 25 5. Best Practices and Success Factors ............................................................................. 27 5.1. Align Strategy with Government Agency Strategy...
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