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Jun 2016 - IDC PeerScape - Doc # US41459716

IDC PeerScape: Practices for Using Strategic Architecture to Align Public Sector Program Goals and Outcomes

Authors: Thom Rubel, Mike Rosen

Abstract

This IDC study provides actionable advice to public sector program and IT leaders, PMOs, and CIOs on best practices for improving strategic execution. Government agencies are facing tremendous pressures to transform themselves, but given time and resources, they must be selective and deliberate in what and how they change so that their evolution is responsive to the pressures and is clearly focused on achieving strategic goals.

Strategic architecture helps formalize the strategic intent of agency leaders and links them to specific, unambiguous objectives that can be more effectively communicated. Then strategic architecture can define initiatives that target the most important things to achieve strategic outcomes, improve constituent experience and value, maximize synergies and avoid conflicts, and use specific metrics to measure strategic outcomes.

This study focuses on strategic architecture, IT strategy and governance, and leadership transformation.

"Strategic architecture is a key tool in aligning initiatives with strategic outcomes and guiding a focused, strategic agency transformation," says Thom Rubel, adjunct research advisor with IDC's Research Network.

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