Businesses are like living organisms. They grow, they change and they (hopefully) learn from their mistakes. Businesses also have a brain. The brain of any business is the C-suite, which is charged with developing the strategic direction of the company. Most companies also have at least a basic IT strategy. But often, that IT strategy is not aligned with the business strategy. In essence, one half of the brain doesn’t know what the other half is doing - bad in humans, bad in companies, too.

On the other hand, most successful companies have an IT strategy that’s aligned with their business strategy. When it’s right, it can be a thing of beauty, like a Bach fugue or a DaVinci drawing of a machine that’s also a work of art. This month’s column discusses some of the ways companies can achieve that thing of beauty: an IT strategy that’s in sync with the business strategy.

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