Determine the strategic business goals, Using a company of yourchoice. Develop an IT strategy that aligns to the business goals.You can use the balanced scorecard approach or you can develop yourown method for defining and aligning the IT strategy to thebusiness strategy. You will need to cite at least two crediblesources that will provide justification for your strategy orapproach.

Finding a company: If you are employed, it is best for you touse your current place of employment so you can practically applythe concepts in this assignment. Alternatively, you can use anonprofit organization or any other organization you may have tiesor access to.

Your IT strategy should include:

Business Goals and Objectives

List at least two or three specific business goals for the nextyear or two with an explanation of the business’ rationale for thegoal.

List an objective for each business goal to explain what thecompany needs to do to achieve the goal.

IT Strategies aligned with business goals and objectivesList oneor two IT strategies for each business goal

These should be recommended strategies that would enable thebusiness goals and objectives to be achieved.

If your company already has IT strategies, you may provide ananalysis and justification or new recommendation for each of thestrategies

Organizational StructureDescribe the structure of theorganization including:

Organizational design

Organizational culture

Leadership factors (the types of leadership displayed within thecompany)

Business processes

Physical layout (i.e., how many offices, virtual offices,international locations)

IT InfrastructureDescribe the current IT infrastructureincluding:




IT resources

This should be a high-level overview

IT Challenges

Describe internal and external challenges IT faces in meetingthe business needs

Include social and/or ethical considerations


Describe risks IT might face when implementing change

As you develop your strategy, you may want to consider thefollowing:

An effective IT strategy will enable the business operations,helping business leaders achieve business goals more efficientlyand effectively.

Focus on top priorities. Take the time to understandorganizational issues, how they are related, and how they affectperformance. Determine what will happen if nothing changes andwhere IT can have the greatest, positive impact.

Identify how IT supports business processes. The business isrelying on their capabilities to achieve the business goals. The ITstrategy should include a plan for supporting those businesscapabilities, creating efficiencies, and competitive advantage forthe business.

Define IT priorities and governance for IT. Without prioritiesand a process for IT governance in place, progress will be slowed.An agreed upon plan for governing IT will enable the decisionprocess.

Understand the challenges. Improving processes and increasingefficiencies through IT implementation also requires behavioral andsometimes organizational change. With these changes come inherentchallenges. Understanding and planning for those challenges willincrease the chance of success in meeting the business goals.

Write an 8–12-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards tocitation of sources.

By the due date assigned, deliver yourassignment to the Submissions Area.


Listed specific business goals (minimum 2–3) for the next yearor two.

For each goal:

Explained the rationale of the goal.

Provided one objective.

Explained what the company needed to do to achieve thatgoal.

Explained how the IT strategies will provide a competitiveadvantage for the business.

Aligned the IT strategies with business goals and objectives andprovided a justification of how those strategies support businessgoals.

Described the structure of the organization including:

Organizational design

Organizational culture

Leadership factors

Business processes

Physical layout

Described the current IT infrastructure. This should includehardware, software, network, and IT resources.

Described internal and external challenges IT faces in meetingthe business needs.

Described risks IT might face when implementing change,including any ethical and/or social issues brought about by theimplementation of the new system.

Ensured academic writing, such as grammar, spelling, andattribution of sources, appropriate.