Build, Link & Present a Board-orientated IT Strategy
Xirocco has collaborated with a select group of medium and large FTSE / Fortune organisations to develop our innovative and industry-first IT Strategy Framework. Drawing on industry best-practices, the Framework is designed help IT Leaders develop a holistic joined-up strategy, understand what a good Business-linked IT Strategy looks like, and the key components of an IT Strategy. The IT Strategy Framework provides storylines that successfully influence the Management Board to make the right technology decisions.
Xirocco’s IT Strategy Framework ensures that IT Strategy is always:
The Xirocco IT Strategy Framework is industry-agnostic and designed for use by medium, large and enterprise organisations.
Capture, Link & Track IT-enablement of Strategic Business Objectives
Capture and track IT-enablement of your strategic objectives by linking them to IT assets and initiatives in Board-friendly dashboards. Drill into deeper levels of detail across multiple dimensions for alignment and insights.
Scan Horizon & Import Trends into Your IT Strategy
Capture sector trends and market conditions directly into your IT Strategy, assess and escalate upwards for Leadership action. Track how your organisation is responding and flush out gaps before they become urgent.
Set CIO Vision & Goals
Position the role IT will play within the context of the business, on a scale of order taker to business enabler with a seat at the Board table and “skin in the game” driving the Business Strategy.
Assess Current State
Perform strategic analysis and assessment of IT and Business health to identify challenges and barriers to strategy formulation. High-light major pain areas using Xirocco’s customisable heatmaps and dashboards specifically designed for Board understanding.
Align Business & IT (Continually)
Establish the “footprint” of business objectives on IT landscape. Show how business aspirations depend on IT initiatives and capabilities so both sides are “paddling in the same direction” and one drives the other.
Build Technology Strategy
Articulate a technology strategy that not only anticipates and proactively answers the Board’s “big five” questions but also ensures that Leadership understands the technology strategy from the perspective of business outcomes.
Build IT Target Operating Model
Describe how the IT function organises its capabilities and resources to maximise the value of technology investments and best deliver its remit to the business.
Build IT Sourcing Strategy
Analyse supplier spend and scope to understand how suppliers support IT in digitally enabling business activities. Make strategic sourcing decisions on the future of IT supplier landscape.
Secure Funds for IT Change & Innovation
Effectively link technology initiatives to business programmes and strategic business objectives to show Leadership the direct impact of funding and/or rejecting IT spend requests.
“Storytelling helps boards understand how the business could be impacted by an investment requiring their approval. It’s important to do that in a way that makes the information relevant to board members.” CIO.com
Publish IT Strategy with Xirocco’s One Page Strategy & Narratives
Xirocco is the only tool to feature a rich, customisable, and interactive 1-Page Strategy. Drill across and down easily through numerous dimensions to explore the validity of your strategy.
Manage IT Strategy with Continuous Strategy
Makes strategy a continuous, business-as-usual process whereby strategy becomes the DNA of your company, where every action is guided and framed within the context of the agreed strategy and a vision that is perpetually evolving.