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IT Strategy Course 101

Course Overview

Whether you are a CxO or a programmer, getting the "big picture" on IT is critical to your success. But getting your arms around IT without a structured proven framework is like boiling the ocean. The Managing IT For Shareholder Value online training course solves this problem by explaining in detail where and how IT can add value to your business. This is the critical first step to bring your IT efforts in line with your business needs.

IT Management Course aka IT Strategy 101 Course is for Chief Information Officers, their direct reports, and those responsible for creating IT Strategic Plans. However, this information is invaluable to all employees in the IT Organization because it helps set the context for all the work they do!

Developed by StartSmart Consulting , this in-depth course explains how IT helps Fortune 50 companies achieve business success. The program is led by Sourabh Hajela , an award winning thought leader, management consultant, and trainer with over 17 years experience managing IT. His audio narration guides you through more than 250 slides that show you, step-by-step, how to effectively and efficiently use all that IT has to offer. In addition to the online course, which you can take at your own pace and convenience, you'll also receive a PDF version of the presentation, plus a certificate of completion. You are also eligible to receive 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Learn A Proven IT Management Decision Framework

At the end of the day, most business leaders agree that IT is a strategic weapon, but they don't know where and how to use it effectively. The key to leveraging IT is in not only understanding its capability but also where it adds value to a business. This course introduces a framework that sets the context for a meaningful discussion on IT ROI

  • Business Driven Managing IT for Shareholder Value takes IT Capability and alignment from a nebulous concept to a business factor that can be measured, charted and understood.
  • Practical The course turns IT into a business tool that can be used for shareholder value.
  • Quantitative Techniques explained enable easy monitoring and control of IT alignment and value.
  • Easy to Use Sourabh Hajela gets to the answers quickly and effectively

Learn How to Manage IT For Business Results

As a business leader, your primary focus is creating shareholder value. Information technology is a means to that end. The objective of this course is to provide an overview of information technology capability, discuss how it enables business results, introduce a business focused approach to create an IT capability that enables superior shareholder value and learn how to collaborate with IT professionals. Specific questions of concentration in this course include:

  • What is IT Capability? What are its components? How do they relate to their business counterparts?
  • Why is an IT Capability essential for business results?
  • How does business strategy drive IT Capability? How to fuse business and IT Capability?
  • How does one create an IT Capability that maximizes business results?
  • What is the ''lingo'' that IT professionals use?
  • How do we prioritize IT investments? Where is the biggest bang for the buck?How do we monitor and track IT investment results?

Course Instructor

I am an award winning thought leader, management consultant, trainer and entrepreneur with over thirty years of experience in strategy, planning and delivery of IT Capability to maximize shareholder value for Fortune 50 corporations across major industries in North America, Europe and Asia.

Certification

Earn a certificate of completion and recognition:

Get recognized by the world's largest professional network for CIOs.

  • Certificate: Receive a certificate recognizing high achievement in one of more areas. (Example)
  • Badge: A badge displaying this subject matter expertise is displayed on your profile
  • CIO Expert: Your listing in the CIO Experts Directory displays a certified markup as a sign of distinction

Delivery

Participants have different options to access this course

Self-Paced Online

Instructor has recorded their lectures on PowerPoint slides that are available for access using a web browser 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Pick a time that works for you, log in to the training portal and access the course content. Complete the course at your leisure - participants have 90 days access to complete the course.

Instructor Led Online

Courses can be taken in the form of a seven-week workshop featuring live sessions. Participants can attend a live classroom setting using Citrix’s GoToWebinar. We will send participants a link to the sessions after they have enrolled in the workshop.

The first six weeks, each session will include a lecture and have time for questions and answers. Some weeks, we might have two lectures because there is a lot to cover and 90 minutes might not be sufficient. We will give you a thirty minute break between the sessions to take a breather.

  • Live Sessions are scheduled on weekends so your work doesn't stop while you learn
  • Live sessions are scheduled for two days in every week to accommodate different time zones
    • Friday Session: 8:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. (US EST) (Participants from New Zealand and Australia and Western US will find this suitable)
    • Saturday Session: 11: 00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. (US EST) (Participants from North America, Europe, Africa and Asia (excluding New Zealand and Australia) will find this time suitable)
  • Participants can attend either of these sessions because they will cover the same material. If you are so inclined, feel free to attend both sessions - we don't mind!
  • These times might be adjusted to suit participants in a given workshop.
  • These sessions may be recorded so participants can review them on demand.

Week Seven is for final presentations. Each participant will have the opportunity to present their IT Strategic Plan to their peers who are encouraged to provide feedback on both the substance and style of the presentation.

On-Demand Access to IT Strategy Course

In addition to these live sessions, participants will have access to the IT Strategy Course material online. You can hear pre-recorded lectures at your convenience. A link with access information will be sent to participants after enrollment.

On-Demand Access to CIO Toolkit

IT Strategy Workshop Participants will have access to the CIO Toolkit which is the world's most comprehensive reference on IT Management and will be used extensively throughout this workshop.

Access to Private Discussion Groups

We have assigned a private group for up-to 12 participants in each workshop. These groups will be used to have discussions on topics that cannot be had in live sessions. Participants are free to interact with each other outside of groups and lectures - we hope they will!

Create an IT Strategic Plan for Your Organization

We believe that the best learning happens when we apply it to a real world problem facing us. Consequently, each week participants will work on an assignment. Each assignment builds a piece of the strategic planning puzzle - from vision to communication plan. The final assignment, due at the end of the seven (7) weeks, complies all these pieces incorporating feedback from the instructor and their peer-group.

 

Self-Paced Grade Breakdown

Final Exam

100%

Instructor Led Grade Breakdown

Participation

20%

Assignments

40%

Final Exam

40%

Frequently Asked Questions

This course builds the foundation for a strong career in IT Management. IT Strategy 101 training course covers the following topics:

  • Business model and strategy and how they drive IT solutions
  • Information Technology capability and discusses in depth how it enables business results
  • The components of IT Capability such as IT vision, strategy, processes, organization, Systems Implementation, Systems Architecture, hardware, software, databases and networks.
  • Key technologies such as client/server architecture, ERP, SCM, CRM and how they address business requirements to create shareholder value
  • IT Investment ROI - how to calculate it?
  • Internet and how it has changed the business landscape
  • Key managerial issues such as security and intellectual property

As an IT professional you have a good grasp on creating IT Solutions. Perhaps what is missing is the ''big picture''.

  • How do these IT solutions - applications, operating systems, middleware, databases, networks etc. - create shareholder value?
  • How do business model and strategy drive IT capability and solutions? What is the connection between a company's business model and strategy with its IT systems and infrastructure?
  • How to create IT Capability that is effective and efficient i.e. one that give the biggest bang for the IT buck?

This course introduces, in a structured and comprehensive, yet easy manner not only key business but also IT concepts - from strategy to implementation. More importantly, it walks through, end-to-end, the logical steps to align business requirements with IT capability.
This course should help you become more effective and efficient in your job and career by understanding not only the rationale for your work but also better understanding and responding to your business counterparts.

 

In today's fast paced and hyper competitive world information technology is a strategic weapon.

  • Is your business leveraging this weapon to its fullest?
  • Are you collaborating with your IT organization to the extent you should?
  • Are you maximizing the returns on your IT investments?

Perhaps, as a non-IT professional you have seen the promise of IT. You are also keen to unleash the power of IT. However, the punditry and complexity have intimidated or dissuaded you from delving into it in a meaningful way.

This course makes it easy by dealing with this topic in a comprehensive yet simple manner. Additionally, it deals with IT from a business perspective hence for a business professional it is easier to follow.

Not in the sense of a technology deep dive. Even though this course is on Information Technology it is from a business perspective i.e. how to enable business results using information technology.

As a business executive your primary focus is on creating shareholder value. Information technology is a means to that end. Consequently, a business perspective helps understand where, how and why IT can enable business results. When to apply it and when not to. If IT is not enabling business results it is what some call ''technology for technology's sake''.

  • This course builds the foundation for a strong career in IT Management. IT Strategy 101 training course covers the following topics:
    • Business model and strategy and how they drive IT solutions
    • Information Technology capability and discusses in depth how it enables business results
    • The components of IT Capability such as IT vision, strategy, processes, organization, Systems Implementation, Systems Architecture, hardware, software, databases and networks.
    • Key technologies such as client/server architecture, ERP, SCM, CRM and how they address business requirements to create shareholder value
    • IT Investment ROI - how to calculate it?
    • Internet and how it has changed the business landscape
    • Key managerial issues such as security and intellectual property
General course questions such as "How do I pay for this course?" or "What technology is utilized in this course?" are answered on our overall course FAQ page. If your question is not visible there, please feel free to contact us.

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