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Why IT Executives Should Be Your Business-Strategy Partners

double exposure of businessman or salesman handing over a contract on wooden deskRecent surveys of business and IT executives find that IT performance increases across the board when CIO’s are involved in shaping business strategy.  The survey results show that IT leaders are increasingly taking action to market IT and develop objectives, strategies and metrics, to build and solidify relationships with their non-IT stakeholders. But are these efforts working?

On a scale of 1 – 5 with 1 being low and 5 being high, how would you rate the following statements?

  • My company provides cost-effective services.
  • My company delivers projects on time and on budget.
  • My IT organization is innovative.
  • My C Suite, business management and their staffs have a poor perception of IT.

Recent research has identified that few corporate executives state that their IT leaders are closely involved in shaping the company’s strategic agenda. The result is that confidence in IT’s ability to support growth and other strategic business objectives is waning. And this is at at time when IT is considered critical to key business initiatives. IT leaders struggle with this issue and continue the journey toward more effectively marketing IT to their business constituents. The following exhibit is a framework for marketing the IT organization.

Staying ahead of the pack requires that you market and translate your organization's strategy into basic, day-to-day initiatives. IT executives must realize how critical marketing IT has become. Only then will IT boost the value and perception of IT into the enterprise operations.


  • Would you agree that IT initiatives should focus on areas that ensure your IT strategy is well-founded?
  • How do you currently identify critical gaps in your strategic execution processes?

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Guest Blog Contributor:

Fred Mapp has 40 years of corporate leadership experience in executive positions at IBM, American Express, Honeywell, AMD and various other Fortune 500 companies. During this timeframe, Fred developed & refined business and growth processes and IT transformations. He developed the Seven-Initiative Framework© accelerating organizations to success by leveraging technology for growth, competitive advantage, innovation and market dominance.

Posted by Joanne Flynn

Joanne Flynn

Joanne T. Flynn heads up the human capital advisory group, Phoenix Strategic Performance, Inc. Previously, she was a Managing Director with Phoenix Group International and was Vice President / Director of Global Learning and Development at Goldman, Sachs for nine years. Joanne works with organizations as they face global growth and competitive challenges. She works with her clients to be both externally focused and internally responsive. With her unique background, she aligns competitive strategic efforts with related internal organizational leadership challenges. With the benefit of her career-long focus, Joanne contributes the unique insight of aligning strategy to internal organizational structure and process. She focuses on human capital relative to strategic initiatives, accelerated business growth, value creation, and business development. Joanne holds a Master of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, she holds a double degree major in History and German from St. Elizabeth University, as well as certificates from a variety of leading universities and professional training and development organizations. Joanne has recently published her latest book, Accelerating Business Success, The Human Asset Management Strategy.

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