Business-technology alignment describes the relationships between applications and the underlying IT infrastructure that’s supporting the business services. In other words, it bridges the gap between IT technology and the service consumers.
While business-technology alignments are an essential component in creating application service models, they’re difficult to develop, due to the complexity of multi-tiered applications, the myriad legacy and ancillary support processes, and the continuous nature of change in the IT infrastructure.
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. For example, it:
- Offers true insight into your application portfolio
- Allows you to prioritize your application and resources allocations
- Identifies applications appropriate for restructuring, redesigning, retiring and/or redevelopment
- Eliminates regional and redundant applications
- Helps identify outsourcing opportunities
- Frees up key IT resources
- Provides understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the IT infrastructure
- Enables informed decision making
Companies today are asking CIOs to transform their IT departments into more agile and flexible organizations—while 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 and also trying to embrace cloud solutions, mobile computing, and future technologies?
It starts with Application Mapping. Check out our free Application Mapping Workshop, which explains how your business and technologies align and relate to application lifecycles and infrastructure road maps. It just might free you from tedious troubleshooting tasks and show you how you to better plan and move future IT initiatives forward.