July 7, 2011 – Have you had the opportunity to watch the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels air show? A squadron of jets operating at extremely high speed performs a series of complicated, rapid, and perfectly coordinated maneuvers. From the ground, the smooth synchronicity is both breathtaking and impressive, depicting perfectly aligned efforts acting as if they were one invisibly connected net of jets. Their nimble agility is achieved through detailed planning, a clearly defined partnership, focused efforts, and constant communications. And, of course, a great deal of practice. Not surprisingly, the shows always create a crowd generating “Wow!”

Valuable lessons can be learned from these teams that effectively apply to the increasingly critical dynamic between business and technology within our industry. While IT and business alignment is a long standing and well documented challenge with years of solutions and studies available, it remains one of today’s greatest business challenges. Survey after survey reinforces the importance of alignment, the need for partnership, and the continued difficulties with achieving successful change.

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