IT Strategy and Business Strategy: A Path to Alignment

According to an April 2005 Forrester Research paper:

  • aligning IT strategy with business strategy has been one of the top three issues confronting IT and business executives for more than 20 years.
  • polling of CIOs and business executives conducted in 2004 revealed that aligning IT and business goals remains their No. 1 or 2 priority.

The paper goes on to suggest that alignment is elusive, and rhetorically asks the question, “when can enterprises ever expect to attain it?” The premise of this presentation is that enterprises are not achieving alignment because of the complex interplay of elements that need to be addressed to achieve such an objective. This session will show what is involved in aligning IT and business strategies, and how to go about it, based on the presenters’ collective experience with many IT strategic planning engagements. It will:

  • identify and explain what the alignment elements are
  • examine examples of these elements from actual engagements
  • describe their inter-relationships
  • explore the challenges in addressing each element and suggest ways of overcoming them


Alonso P�rez is a Chartwell partner, Consulting Director and Practice Leader. He is a senior consultant with over 25 years of experience in developing, supporting, managing and planning information systems solutions to meet the demands of changing business environments in various business sectors, including manufacturing, wholesale distribution, government and petroleum. Mr. P�rez has extensive experience in enterprise systems architectures; successfully developing and implementing system strategies for businesses as diverse as wholesale distribution, telecommunications, federal / Provincial and local governments, utilities as well as policing.

Patrick Sue is a Senior Consultant with Chartwell Inc. in business and information systems architecture and IT strategic planning. He began working in these areas 15 years ago while at Ontario Hydro, and has developed his expertise at a two major consulting companies prior to joining Chartwell in 2001. In the past few years he has carried out several IT strategic planning engagements in the private and public sectors.


Meeting: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 (changed from Feb 15)

8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental breakfast; 9:00 Start; Expected finish 11:30

No advance reservations are required.

Location: Join us at The Ontario Club, 5th Floor, Commerce Court South 30 Wellington Street West (Bay and Wellington), Toronto

Membership: Attendance is free for IRMAC members. A guest fee of $30 applies to non-members.


Feb 22 2006


8:30 am - 11:30 am


The Ontario Club, 5th Floor, Commerce Court South 30 Wellington Street West (Bay and Wellington), Toronto

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