IT Strategy Course

A step-by-step guide to create an IT Strategic Plan. Learn how to align business with IT. Use our breakthrough framework and tools to dramatically improve IT ROI. Delivered online, on-demand so you can access it using an internet connection and any major browser – access at your own pace.



Learn how to create a strategic plan for IT

Whether you are a CIO, CFO or even a CEO, your primary objective is to create shareholder value. Information Technology (IT) is only a means to that end. Till it is aligned with the business, shareholder value is not created. The purpose of a well crafted IT Strategy is to achieve this alignment so IT can create the “biggest bang for the buck.” If IT Alignment is of interest to you, this course will be of value to you. It will help you understand the fundamental concepts of IT Strategy and walk you through the 7 steps needed to align IT with business and create value. Developed by StartSmart Consulting, this in-depth course explains how many Fortune 50 companies align their business and IT strategies to achieve business success. It will answer critical questions like:
  • What is IT Strategy?
  • Why is an IT Alignment essential for business results?
  • What are the steps to create an IT Alignment?
  • How do we migrate to this new capability?
  • How do we monitor and track IT investment results?
  • Are there tools and techniques available that can facilitate this journey?
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. Learn a cutting edge framework and approach for IT Strategy: Understandably, IT alignment is at the top of every business leaders’ agenda, but making it happen requires a structured, proven framework and approach. StartSmart Consulting has created such a framework and approach, called IT Value Mapping, that have helped their clients rapidly align business and IT and create quantifiable and sustainable business value. IT Strategy online course presents this cutting edge yet practical and easy-to-use framework and approach. You can use this step-by-step approach to create an IT Strategy for your organization. This IT Strategy will help you identify areas where your organization lacks alignment, quantify the cost to your company, and build a strategic plan to bring your IT efforts in line with your business needs. IT Strategy’s objective is to create value for shareholders. With StartSmart Consulting’s visual value maps, now you can show them the money! Learn IT Strategy from an expert: The program is led by Sourabh Hajela, an award winning thought leader, management consultant, and trainer with over 20 years experience developing IT strategies. Mr. Hajela is a well known thought leader and expert in IT Strategy. He is a sought after writer, consultant and speaker on IT Strategy. Mr. Hajela writes for and presents webinars for Ziff Davis, Jupiter Media, Better Management, CioIndex and other well known channels in IT Management. His audio narration guides you through more than 250 slides that show you, step-by-step, how to improve your bottom line without increasing red tape. Mr. Hajela personally responds to your emailed questions and provides you with 1 hour of his time to ask questions in person.

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Learn IT Strategy from a world-renowned expert:
Sourabh Hajela
Sourabh Hajela

Sourabh Hajela

Executive Editor, CIO Index, Inc. The program is led by Sourabh Hajela, an award winning thought leader, management consultant, and trainer with over 30 years experience developing IT strategies. Mr. Hajela is a well known thought leader and expert in IT Strategy. He is a sought after writer, consultant and speaker on IT Strategy. Mr. Hajela writes for and presents webinars for Ziff Davis, Jupiter Media, Better Management, CioIndex and other well known channels in IT Management.

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Module OneIntroduction: What is IT Strategy?

Module TwoThe “big picture”:
  • Overview of Business Capability

  • Business Process needs  

  • Information Technology Capability

  • Building an IT Capability


Module ThreeIT Strategy Overview: 7 steps to IT Alignment
  • Business Drivers and Imperatives

  • Technology implication

  • Creating the “as-is” view

  • Envisioning the “to-be” capability

  • Identifying the gaps

  • Prioritizing the alternatives

  • Devising a migration plan


Module Four
Business Drivers and Imperatives

  • Business driver

  • Understanding their imperatives

  • Assessing their impact

  • Case studies


Module FiveBuilding the “as-is” capability view
  • Process

  • Technology

  • Organization

  • Metrics


Module Six
Envisioning the “to-be” capability

  • Process

  • Technology

  • Organization

  • Metrics


Module SevenIdentifying the gaps
Module Eight
Prioritizing the Alternatives

  • Framework

  • Business value

  • Cost

  • Risk

  • Prioritization


Module Nine
Devising a migration plan

  • Discussion of migration approaches

  • Selection criteria and rationale

  • Planning for migration


Module TenCase Studies in Practical Applications

Summary and Next Steps

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this course different from Managing IT?
Managing IT focused on the “what” of creating business value using IT. This course details the steps i.e. the “how” to align IT and business. The former sets the context and the latter details the approach and framework to create an IT capability to enable business results.
What are the benefits of this course for non-IT Professionals?
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.
Is this a technical course?
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.
Why is a business perspective necessary to successfully use 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”.
Will I be able to contact the instructor?
Yes, Sourabh Hajela, the instructor for this course, will be available via the web. You can pose any questions about the course material. (FULL price course purchase ONLY)
What are the topics covered in this course?
This course covers the following topics:
  • Business model and strategy and how they drive IT Strategy?
  • What are the steps in formulating IT Strategy?
  • How to create a model for the existing/current IT capability?
  • How to identify the IT imperatives given the business drivers?
  • How to devise a model for an IT Capability that aligns IT with business?
  • How to prioritize IT initiatives?
  • How to migrate from existing to the desired IT Capability?
What are the benefits of this course for IT Professionals?
This course introduces, in a structured and comprehensive, yet easy manner the logical steps and framework to align business requirements with IT capability. As an IT professional you have a good grasp on creating IT Solutions. You might have taken the Managing IT course to understand the ”big picture” on these solutions. However, what is missing is the “how to” i.e. the approach, steps and framework to align business and IT capability
  • How to model existing IT Capability?
  • How to model the desired IT Capability?
  • How to migrate to an efficient and effective IT Capability?
This course should help you become more effective and efficient in your current job and career by understanding the rationale for your work. More importantly, it will help you advance your career by getting the knowledge on the business aspects of IT.
Can I see how the course is organized, and can I get a copy of the list of specific topics that will be covered?
Download the Course Syllabus for the structure and subject areas covered by this course.
What is included in the price of the course?
The course price includes the following:
  • Online course presentation – ~250 Slides with audio narration.
  • Access course content online 24x7x365 at your convenience
  • 90 days access to all course materials (can be extended by contacting support). Course bundles – two or more courses bought at the same time – provide more time to access the courses:
    • 2 Course Bundles provide 6 month (180 day) access to both courses in the bundle
    • 3 Course Bundles provide 9 Month (270 day) access to all the three courses in the bundle
    • All course bundle provides a 1 year (365 day) access to all four courses in the bundle.
  • Certificate of completion (upon completion of the final exam with a score of 80% or higher)
  • Access to subscribers ONLY discussion groups  (lifetime;
How do I access the course?
The course is accessed online:
  • All course materials are available to you 24x7x365 (except for short durations when the website is offline for maintenance/upgrades etc.)
  • On the CIO Portal
  • ONLY the account that bought the course can access it i.e. you MUST use the login credentials (username and password) used to make the purchase to access the courses.
What is the technology used to access the course?
To access the course, your computer must have an internet browser (All major browsers – IE, Chrome, Firefox – supported) with Adobe Flash and JavaScript installed. We recommend having a broadband connection but dial-up connections also work. Please disable all pop-up blockers. Please test your computer by accessing this
What if I cannot complete the course in the time allotted?
Please contact us and we will extend the time. We honor all reasonable requests.
Will I get a certificate of completion?
Yes. You must complete the final exam with a score of 80% or higher. After completing the course material, please contact us.
Is there a final exam? If so, how is it administered?
A final exam is OPTIONAL – you can take it to receive a certificate of completion provided you receive a score of 80% or higher. The final exam is administered online just like the course. Please contact us upon completion of the course materials and we will grant you access to the final exam.
  • You can take the final exam at any time as long as it is within your course subscription period (please refer to the subscription information above)
  • There are no make-up exams – only one attempt is allowed
How do I pay for these courses?
We accept all major credit cards and PayPal (which accepts all major credit cards) .
  • After you have added a course to the shopping cart, we will request your billing address/information
  • Then you can select a payment method on the “select payment method” screen
    • Use PayPal: To make your payment using PayPal, please click on the “PayPal” button (on the left) and proceed to the PayPal site to complete your payment.
    • Use Credit Card: To make your payment using a major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover etc.) , please click on the “credit card” button (to the right) and your payment will be processed on our website
  • After your payment has been processed successfully – there is an email sent to you if the payment posts correctly – you are automatically granted access to the course(s).
    • PayPal redirects you to your account page
    • Credit card payments show a link to your account page.
    • You can access your account page directly.
Are CIO Index and/or AIMIT “accredited”?
No. CIO Index is the largest community of senior IT leaders with 70,000+ members and accredits its own courses.
Do I get Professional Development Credit (PDU)?
No. Currently, we do not provide PDU.

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  • Badge: A badge displaying this subject matter expertise is displayed on your profile
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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.

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Self Paced Online

There is one final exam after course completion. Participants must achieve a score of 80% or above to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are allowed to take the final exam only once in 365 days. You may retake the exam after this period.


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