Strategic diagnostic of business-IT alignment
The alignment between business and IT is one of the most important aspects of IT governance. IT governance generally helps firms defining who is responsible for what and how IT decisions are made. IT-business alignment enables firms to adhere to business objectives, and to maximise the value from investments.
Alignment of corporate and IT governance remains a topic rarely discussed.
The IT business balance survey was conducted by Deloitte in 2008 on about 300 Business and IT decision makers. One of the key findings of the survey was that alignment of corporate and IT strategies remains a topic rarely discussed at top level. It appeared that only in 33% of the organisations strategic alignment sessions are regularly being held. Both business and IT representatives indicate that the primary focus is on financial alignment of the investment portfolio and to a lesser extent evolution activities and IT changes.