Globally, enterprises whether public or private, large or small—increasingly understand that information is a key resource and that IT is a strategic asset and important contributor to success. IT can enable automation of key processes, such as the application lifecycle management, and can be the cornerstone of new business strategies or business models, thereby increasing competitiveness and enabling innovation, such as the digital delivery of services (e.g., citizen cervices).
While IT has the potential for business transformation, it often represents a very significant investment at the same time. In many cases, the true IT cost is not transparent and budgets are spread across business units, functions and geographic locations with no overall oversight. When funds are spent on strategic initiatives, they often fail to deliver expected outcomes. Many enterprises still fail to demonstrate concrete, measurable business value for their IT-enabled investments and that’s why we came up with our IT-enabled business transformation framework (based on SEI CMMI IDEAL model) as a mechanism to address this situation.
Fundamentally, our IT-enabled business transformation framework which is the adjusted IDEAL is concerned with IT value delivery to the business and the mitigation of IT-related risk. This is enabled by the availability and management of adequate resources and the measurement of performance to monitor progress towards the desired goals.