Industry is dependent on technology to address today’s strategic challenges. The alignment of IT with business ranked among the top ten concerns in a 2016 Society for Information Management (SIM) survey of CIOs. Although this concern has been expressed in various polls and surveys for almost two decades, a significant percentage of technology initiatives still fail to deliver the desired business outcomes.
Tech transformations, such as cloud deployments, must be demonstrably aligned with strategy and not vague assumptions of cost efficiencies or business agility. At best, the failure to align technology and strategy will result in successful technology deployments that fail to deliver significant business outcomes. At worst, it will result in failed technology deployments and lost opportunities. These are examples of the tech strategy gap.