Topic: business value of innovation

IT Strategy Book How Does IT Drive Business Strategy?

This is a book on IT Strategy with a difference: it discusses how technology is driving business change across industry! It discusses the key IT trends shaping the world around us. If you want to understand the impact of technology on business models, business ecosystems and the world we live in, this is an excellent book to spend some time with. The authors present an in-depth view of the new business world that is taking shape driven by ground breaking technological breakthroughs – collaborative software, cloud computing etc. are not just technologies, they are a means to create unprecedented business value. The challenge is to understand their potential and know where and how to leverage them. This book is a great place to start.

Discipline of Market Leaders

This presentation synthesizes the seminal work of Michael Treacy – how companies can dominate in the market(s) they serve. The formula is simple: target your customers, focus your efforts and dominate your markets!

The Digital Company 2013

This research addresses the question: How technology will empower the customer? This first part explores the changes to come in how companies interact with their customers.

The Digital Company 2013 Part 2

This research addresses the question: How technology will empower the customer? The first part explored the changes to come in how companies interact with their customers. This paper focuses on what types of workplace practices, information management and IT delivery structures will be needed to operate and secure the open enterprise and what all these developments hold in store for the respective roles of the information technology (IT) function and the chief information officer (CIO).

Competitive Advantage Through Value Discipline

This seminal article on value disciplines is a MUST read. It discusses the basis of competitive domination: differentiated value! Those who define it, deliver it and take it out of their competitors’ reach win. Hands down.

IT Strategy to Harness the Cloud

This whitepaper discusses the changes to IT capability – from strategy to organization and people – required to harness cloud computing. The authors argue that the competitive advantage in information technology infrastructure is diminishing with the cloud so the need is now to focus on the business advantages from using IT.

Creating Business Value Through Innovation

This article presents a framework for innovation management for sustainable business value and discusses different kinds of value creation and operating contexts within this framework.

IT Innovation for Competitive Advantage

This article details the use of innovation in information technology at United Parcel Service (UPS) to create competitive advantage. The discussion focuses on five specific business opportunities enabled by IT that created value for the organization.

A Framework for Strategic Innovation

This paper describes a holistic, multidisciplinary framework that enables organizations to take a strategic approach to innovation.

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Sample IT Strategy Plan

A good IT Strategy Plan that you can use as a template to create your own.

IT Strategy Presentation

This in-depth – 78 pages – presentation goes into just about everything you would have wanted to know about IT Strategy aka business IT alignment (ICT Strategy, IS strategy, IS strategic alignment, IT Alignment, strategic information systems planning (SISP)…)

IT Strategy Example

This is an in-depth information technology strategic planning example that details the process and framework that CIOs can adapt to give direction to their own IT Organizations. Excellent Read!! (200 pages)

IT Strategy Template

Use this template to create an IT strategic plan for your organization – aligning business with IT strategy. IT Strategy Template can be downloaded for free by CIO Index members.

7 Steps to Business and IT Alignment

No business will ever reach the goal of “business and IT alignment”. Should this discourage you from pursuing business and IT alignment? NO! It is a worthy goal to pursue. Indeed, it is a critical one to pursue. You might never reach alignment but you can take steps to get ever closer. This requires a process. Often, we ignore the fact that business and IT alignment is a process. This process does not have a starting point nor does it have an end. It is a series of “learn and do” cycles that incrementally get towards alignment. Let me explain.

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