Whether you’re a CIO or an IT leader, you need a credible IT Strategy that not only impresses and influences your Board but is also relevant and readily available when they need it.
But creating a Business-linked IT Strategy is complex, manual, and laborious, entrusted to employees already busy supporting the business. Given their BAU workload and priorities, these employees work in silos and randomly when time permits, resulting in a disjoint strategy document that lacks cohesion and clarity. It also takes several months, so the strategy is out of date when completed. This expensive and inefficient process means 75% of your IT strategy budget is wasted.
The resulting IT Strategy is often tactical and inadequate, failing to influence the Board to make the right IT decisions.
Xirocco is a radical new IT Strategy tool that solves the problems CIOs and IT Leadership teams experience with the traditional strategy creation processes.
"The highest-performing IT organizations are distinguished by strong strategy practices." Gartner
|Common IT Strategy Challenges||How Xirocco Helps|
|Creating an IT Strategy manually is manual, laborious, time-intensive, and expensive [c£1.2m]. Refreshing the same IT Strategy later costs at least 80% of the original effort.||With Xirocco create IT Strategy 10-20X faster and refresh with less than 10% of the original effort. When underlying data evolves, the IT Strategy automatically updates and reflects the latest position. Xirocco dramatically reduces the cost and effort to create and keep up-to-date your IT Strategy.|
|Using existing processes, it takes on average 9 months to produce a comprehensive IT Strategy that covers all the relevant areas of interest to the Board. In this time, goalposts will shift so your Strategy will articulate what the business is already doing rather than what it intends to do.||With Xirocco, you can create a high-level directional strategy for leadership decisioning in under four weeks.|
|50% of most IT Strategy budgets are wasted in data gathering and cleansing.||Xirocco eliminates one-off data gathering exercises that produce point-in-time snapshots of the IT estate. With Xirocco, Group, Business Units and Regions can collate and continually maintain their IT data that is accessible by anyone, anywhere.|
|One in four users unwittingly forward sensitive Strategy information when received via email, despite blaring confidentiality notices.||Xirocco eliminates unintended sharing of sensitive Strategy information through its unique presentation features. You are in complete control of information dissemination to recipients.|
|10% or less IT Strategies are done in the correct order, resulting in waste and ineffectiveness.||Xirocco helps create and refresh IT Strategy in correct succession, with tight linkages across multiple dimensions.|
|Most IT Strategies prioritise managing today’s mess, without necessary focus of what’s coming around the bend.||Xirocco enables you to think long range by bringing sector-related trends and emerging threats into your IT Strategy dialogue so the organisation can respond.|
|10% or less IT Investment Boards have adequate Cause-&-Effect and If-Then-Else data to make sound technology funding decisions.||IT Investment trade-offs and go/no-go funding decisions made will accelerate 2-5X with Xirocco, where all dependencies and underlying data and assumptions are collected in one place, well-organized for precisely this purpose, and searchable.|
|2 of 3 CIOs do not have their IT Strategy within reach, and struggle with irrelevant, out-of-date versions.||Xirocco is SaaS, login from any location, any network, and anytime to share or present your real-time IT Strategy.|
|Audit and version control of IT Strategy via file name quickly becomes untenable with multiple out-of-date and out-of-sync versions sprouting up everywhere.||Maintain master versions and copies of your IT Strategy through Xirocco’s cloning feature – see the latest activity on your IT Strategy, get approvals and lock-down authorised versions|
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