8 Benefits of Business-Technology Alignment (and How to Start)

Posted by Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist
December 15, 2014

Business-technology alignments describe the relationships between applications and the underlying IT infrastructure that’s supporting the business services, which makes them an essential component in creating application service models. The challenges in developing business-technology alignment is dealing with the complexity of multi-tiered applications, the myriad legacy and ancillary support processes, and the continuous nature of change in the IT infrastructure.

Business-technology alignment bridges the gap of understanding between IT technology and the service consumers. Why is this alignment important?

  • According to most experts, there’s only a 2-3 percent increase forecast for IT spending.
  • 75 percent of CIOs anticipate a strongly centralized infrastructure in 5 years.
  • 70 percent of funds are allocated to existing environments.
  • 71 percent of data centers are over 7 years old.
  • 50 to 60 percent of IT workloads may be cloud enabled.

There are a number of benefits to business-technology alignment that make it compelling. Here are eight of them:

  1. It offers true insight into your application portfolio.
  2. It allows you to prioritize your application and resources allocations.
  3. It helps identify applications appropriate for restructuring, redesigning, retiring and/or redevelopment.
  4. It helps eliminate regional and redundant applications.
  5. It helps identify outsourcing opportunities.
  6. It frees up key IT resources.
  7. It provides understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the IT infrastructure.
  8. It enables informed decision making.

Companies today are asking CIOs to transform their IT departments into more agile and flexible organizations—while also more closely aligning IT with the business directions of their enterprises. But how can CIOs accomplish this overwhelming task when their departments are still supporting legacy architectures while also trying to embrace cloud solutions, mobile computing, and future technologies?

We think it starts with Application Mapping. Check out our latest Technology Workshop on ‘AppMap’ and see how it can help explain how your business and technologies align and relate to application lifecycles and infrastructure road maps. It might free you from tedious troubleshooting tasks and show you how you to better plan and move future IT initiatives forward.

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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