Linkage of Corporate Strategy to IT Strategy via IT-CMF

Why IT - CMF For IT Strategy - It differs from other IT frameworks in several fundamental respects:
• It is comprehensive. While other frameworks focus on one dimension of IT management—for example, ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) concentrates on infrastructure and operations, while CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) focuses on application development—the IT-CMF examines the full spectrum of dimensions.

• It is holistic and value-focused. Other frameworks tend to focus solely on IT process maturity, which by itself does not create business value. The IT-CMF, however, focuses on the business value delivered by IT and how a combination of process, skills, culture, and tools can maximize that value.

• The IT-CMF is also action oriented. An IT-CMF assessment not only confirms the IT organization’s current maturity for a given capability or set of capabilities, it also defines both short- (that is, 12-month) and medium-term (that is, two- to three-year) target maturities and the results the IT organization could expect to achieve by hitting those targets. Further, it identifies the specific steps necessary to achieve those targets, as well as appropriate metrics to use to track progress—and can provide case study examples of companies that have taken similar measures.

• Finally, the IT-CMF is not disruptive. Assessments for some frameworks require armies of consultants with clipboards and can be highly disruptive to day-to-day operations. IT-CMF assessments, in contrast, can gather the necessary information and achieve a credible degree of rigor without being obtrusive.

Overview on IT - CMF can be found here.

Source : BCG  and IVI