12 Benefits of Business-Technology Alignment

Posted by Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist
March 17, 2016

It seems like common sense that IT assets should be managed, from the day they’re requested and procured, to when they are deployed, through retirement and disposal. And yet, more than 80 percent of corporate enterprises don’t have a centralized and automated way to manage the physical, operational and financial statuses, much less the relationships that those assets have to one another.

When you add numerous incremental enhancements that have accumulated over the years, you have an array of misaligned technologies. Many of these applications provide essential services to your enterprise, which is why it’s necessary to build an accurate and complete model of the application services driving the business organization. But first and foremost, there needs to be sound business-technology alignment.

Business-technology alignment is an essential component in creating application service models. It shows the relationships among the applications and the underlying IT infrastructure that support business services. Business-technology alignment also:

  1. Provides a multi-dimensional application view giving true insight into your application portfolio.
  2. Enables you to accurately prioritize your application and resources allocations.
  3. Creates a strong rationalization of your application portfolio and enables the creation of a strategic roadmap for each business application service.
  4. Improves the portfolio and aligns it with business strategy.
  5. Assists the strategic development of selective application restructuring, redesigning, retiring and/or redevelopment.
  6. Maximizes the value of your current portfolio through application consolidation.
  7. Helps eliminate regional and redundant applications and prioritizes resources toward the core business issues.
  8. Helps identify applications that can be delivered by third party vendors and/or other outsourcing strategies.
  9. Greatly assists with the reduction of budget expenditures and freeing up key IT resources.
  10. Aligns business applications with larger strategic and operational goals, and reduces the cycle time for long-term decision making.
  11. Enables more informed decisions through an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the current IT infrastructure.
  12. Reduces costs for application maintenance through alternative and lower vendor maintenance cost-sourcing options.

Business-technology alignment creates an IT inventory of all of the business enterprise services including a view of all supporting processes and applications. This provides a qualitative analysis and understanding of how the infrastructure supports the current business model. Additionally, it provides insights into how it will support any planned changes to the business model over the next 3-5 years.

For more information on Application Discovery and Mapping – or AppMap as we call it – visit our website, download the datasheet (PDF), or explore the Application Mapping Workshop.

About Dustin Smith Throughout his twenty-year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist, Dustin is responsible for the strategic direction of aligning the company’s growing consulting services with the client challenges he finds in the field, and he works closely with his regional architects to design new programs to address these issues.

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