This IDC Perspective, written for government CIOs and senior IT leaders, discusses IT partner networks. Instead of the traditional approach of stitching together separate and often siloed digital projects to fulfill a digital response and/or initiative, an IT partner network enables CIOs and program/LOB executives to assemble a network of digital partners that continuously works toward the overall goal of the initiative. Each partner contributes unique talent, constituent and technology knowledge, digital capabilities, and other assets and obtains some benefit or value in return. The vision and goals of the initiative, along with architectures, policies, and other artifacts, and governance collectively guide partners' actions and deliverables to ensure consistency and interoperability while encouraging innovation and flexibility.
"The traditional model of IT as a primary supplier and procurer of IT services supporting IT-sanctioned program/LOB technology initiatives is changing under the pressure of environmental responses and digitally driven change," says Thom Rubel, adjunct research advisor with IDC's Research Network. "Government CIOs need to find ways to expand the reach and impact of agency IT organizations through new ways of organizing and by moving beyond partner management to partner orchestration."
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