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Optimizing and Assessing Information Technology: Improving Business Project Execution by K. Scott Proctor

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Chapter 13

The Strategy Pillar of a Growing Organization

As noted in Chapter 7, Parts Two and Three of this book are focused on case studies. More specifically, Part Three covers a case study using a midsize and growing organization as its subject, while Part Two walked through a case study using a large and mature organization as its subject.

As I did in Part Two, I walk through the full process of assessing and optimizing a company's information technology (IT) function over the course of Part Three.

Part Two addressed some aspects that are unique to a large and mature organization; Part Three covers a number of the characteristics unique to a midsize and growing company.

Chapters 12 to 16 walk through the full IT assessment and optimization steps outlined over Chapters 1 to 6 for a midsize and growing company with a mix of both older and more recent systems.

Figure 13.1 illustrates the steps involved in optimizing and assessing IT.

Figure 13.1 Steps for Optimizing and Assessing IT

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The case study examined here covers all of the steps shown in Figure 13.1. For the sake of context, the materials covered in Chapters 3 to 5 focused on the second step shown in Figure 13.1, “Assess the Situation,” and Chapter 6 focused on the third step in Figure 13.1, “Quantify the Situation.”

Figure 13.2 presents a view of the Strategy Pillar in the context of the IT Pillars Model (IPM).

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