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Business Capabilities in Business/IT Alignment and Cultivating the Value of EA, Part III

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TitleBusiness Capabilities in Business/IT Alignment and Cultivating the Value of EA, Part III
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsCameron, B
JournalBusiness & Enterprise Architecture Executive Update
Volume19
Issue13
KeywordsAlignment, Business Capabilities, Value
Abstract

Enterprises use projects to convert business strategy into new services, processes, and products needed for its success and viability. Selecting the right projects to meet business strategy is a critically important process. Yet, selecting projects that support strategy is often cited as an area of extreme weakness. This misalignment of strategic planning and tactical operations is particularly acute in many IT organizations. The IT portfolio approach suggests that alignment occurs in three ways. First, by definition, this approach forces engagement between the business and IT. Second, it raises that engagement from a typically myopic review of individual projects to a more complete review that looks across all projects in the context of a comprehensive business strategy. Finally, the IT portfolio approach greatly reduces the emotional aspects of the project prioritization discussion and replaces it with criteria grounded in the business strategy.