With the IT moving to the computerized infrastructure, it has brought a lot of changes to lots of industries. There are people saying that the Information Technology drives the business. Whereas, the other group is of the opinion that it is the business dominating the Technology. Actually speaking, the drive force is the CEO and the CIO of company. Both of them make an effort to influence the IT to fullest extent.
In the recent times, the society has become a slave of computerization and the other immediate forms of communications. Technology has become the core part in the office design process for deciding on the services and the layouts. The common business drives of today include; Internal Reorganizations, mergers and Acquisitions, novel business strategies, compliance of the government regulations, streamlining of the business process, trades financing and factoring …etc. For achieving the success of these business drives, a strong and smart input is necessary from both business and information technology.
Strategic planning for the IT is an important ingredient of the overall success of the company. This kind of psychoanalysis helps the IT professionals for successfully defining long terms as well as short term goals so as to ascertain the necessary resources to achieve business goals. For success, a strategized planning needs to be done rapidly but also thoroughly for extra planning and analysis.
One gets a lot of advantages due to the strategic Information Technology planning. Nowadays, it has also become a dilemma of the industry that the IT professionals just have to know too much about business. They are expected to have the knowledge and understand the lingo and discipline of the Business management process, business performance management, customer relationship management, financial management, the supply chain management, operations management, and HR management and so on.
Also, the business personnel are expected to have thorough knowledge about the IT sector. Just like the IT professionals need to be business minded, even the business professionals have to be IT minded.
Along with the direct needs of the business becoming very IT oriented and the IT being business oriented, there also lies new challenges. When the IT and the business have different outlook and meaning, it is but natural that the conflicts are bound to arise.
The IT and the Business have completely different perspective of the value. An IT professional would normally take the approach of data to value. Here the data will produce information, and the information will enhance the knowledge, the knowledge will drive action and action will then produce outcome and finally the positive outcomes delivers value.
Now the Business management uses a system of goals to value. The business goals determine strategies, the strategies will then drive tactics and produce results and finally the positive results will produce value.
For the effective IT or the Business relationship, the alignment needs to be proper. The new business skills, IT skills will set the alignment of IT or business. For genuine association of business and IT, there are loads of things that can be individually done by business and IT and there are many other things that need to be done collectively.