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Narrative: Geospatial Information Technologies are increasingly being
managed as major components of larger IT strategies. To achieve higher
operational efficiencies, utility organizations must continue to control the
cost of Information Technology (IT) and determine where to invest in IT and
Geographic Information System (GIS) to support core business objectives.
Aligning your IT/GIS strategy with the business needs of your organization
• Identify how your IT/GIS organization can provide
greater value to the business.
• Align IT/GIS with business strategy to determine
how to gain greater value out of your technology.
• Understand the new IT/GIS capabilities you need to
enable emerging service delivery opportunities.
• Set a strategic direction that links your business
challenges with leading-edge thinking on technology issues.
• Develop the right IT/GIS strategy to better
support your business needs.
Achieving alignment between business and IT/GIS strategies
has long been a rather challenging endeavor for most organizations. There
was much interest in strategic alignment in the early 1990s as IT and GIS
technologies became seen as an integral part of the enterprise. IT/GIS
had moved from being an operational function to being a strategic tool that
could enable the business functions of the organization. Recently, the Society
of Information Management noted that the number one concern among executives
was the alignment of business and IT. Despite this interest, they found
that over 40% of executives of Fortune 500 companies in the US indicated that
their business and IT strategies were not aligned.
Overall, alignment of business strategy and IT/GIS
strategy has remained and important organizational challenge that has plagued
management for many years, and has long been recognized as a key issue for
managers as IT/GIS has become strategically significant. The factors
presented above suggest where organizations should focus their attention in
order to successfully achieve alignment between their IT/GIS and business