IT Value Archetype
A recent IT Process Institute Strategic Alignment performance study indicates that there is no such thing as generic IT. What the business needs from IT is different at different businesses.
However there are three primary types of IT organizations based on basic attributes of how IT serves the business.
IT executives concerned about how IT can best drive business success are thinking about aligning their organization’s capabilities with what is needed to execute business strategy. Understanding your organization’s archetype can help.
- Utility Provider - primary purpose is to provide common infrastructure and information management services.
- Process Optimizer – has two primary purposes; provide a common infrastructure and information management, as well as help optimize business processes and enable business-unit-specific objectives.
- Revenue Enabler – has three primary purposes; common information management services, business process optimization, as well as enable customer-facing products and services.
Answering nine questions in this self-assessment allows you to quickly identify your IT value archetype, compared to 269 companies in the study.
For each of the following nine questions, read the statement and then enter the percentage that each of three answers applies to your organization. You may enter any number from 0 to 100, as long as the sum of the three columns for each topic (row) adds to 100%. For instance, for some questions you may put 100% in only one answer and 0% in the two other categories. For others, you may divide the 100% across the three columns such as 50, 40, 10.
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