This IDC study explores an aspect of strategic planning that too often gets ignored: the development of a whole-business plan for strategic transitions that are caused by seismic shifts in the ways that a business functions. IDC suggests that CIOs take a leadership role by actively engaging their counterparts on the executive team to develop a comprehensive transition strategy whenever the enterprise is poised to undergo a change in business performance or behavior that is driven by a significant IT component. This document highlights the issues that CIOs and the executive team should explore, including the following:
- What kinds of initiatives qualify as strategic transitions?
- What are the drivers that create the need for a transition strategy?
- What is the role of the CIO in leading the process of planning for a successful transition?
- What are the key areas of concern that have to be addressed within the enterprise, and who are the critical stakeholders?
"The CIO ought to be in a constant negotiation with the business about what will or won't work, what risks are involved, and whether the strategic goals are achievable when a business investment in IT is proposed. Developing a transition strategy is the means to that end," says Fred Magee, adjunct research advisor, IDC Research Network.