Application of Strategic Mngmt

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Application of strategic management

Large and complex organizations, such as BCIT and UVic, have evolved large and complex IT infrastructures. Keeping these infrastructures running is expensive. Choosing, implementing, and integrating new applications into the existing infrastructure is even more expensive. To manage this complexity both organizations have moved to strategic management and governance of existing and new IT applications.The benefits of moving to strategic management of enterprise applications include: * Aligning projects and IT with the strategic goals and vision of the organization insuring that their strategic goals are met. * Creating measurable organizational results faster. * Ensuring that projects succeed and only choosing ones that have a high probability of success. * Getting buy-in both inside and outside IT to enterprise changes. * Clear decision making provides clarity and fairness to all stakeholders about the project decisions that are made. * The highest priority projects with the biggest benefit to the organization are chosen. * To provide life cycle management to both projects themselves and to IT technologies within an organization. |

Enterprise Architecture |

With these many benefits, why don't all organizations adopt strategic enterprise management? One reason is that many people are not clear on what enterprise architecture, a necessary precursor to strategic management, is or is not. For many people, the terms Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Information Architecture (IA) are the same thing. De Sousa of BCIT quotes EA expert Tom Graves:"A true enterprise architecture is the architecture of an enterprise as a whole - not solely the architecture of enterprise IT." |

* Classic EA starts with IT infrastructure

* IT technical architecture depends on applications

* Applications architecture depends on data

* Data architecture depends on business information need

* Information architecture...