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Who benefits from it?
Roadmaps are designed to communicate using common language between IT and the functional executives in a form that allows IT to:
Roadmaps enable functional executives to think strategically when they request new or improved technology. They can use their functional strategies to begin working with IT leadership to determine which types of technology projects will be required to achieve their goals.
Roadmaps also provide clear resourcing needs for when business staff will need to be assigned to IT projects, establish cost traceability, and detail why such resources and dollars are required.
Particularly important, a roadmap provides strategic, structured governance to manage business needs as they arise. It ensures there is a technology voice at the table when decisions are made that require IT support, and it helps balance priorities across the business.
A roadmap spells out why the projects are important and why they are working on them. It also ensures that if the roadmap evolves or activities are re-prioritized, it forces the leaders to explain why and how those priorities are shifting. The roadmap encourages a clear and regular line of communication between leadership and staff.
IDX Roadmapping Process
The IDX Roadmapping process follows a 5-step process.
Step 1 – Assess Current State
Mapping the current state business and technology architectures
Evaluate technology costs by major platform and business process
Step 2 – Define Objectives
Create the business vision or align the vision with the business strategic plan.
Define business goals and objectives.
Step 3 – Develop “To Be” vision
Develop the business and technology “to be” architecture
Develop a phased approach to achieving the end state architecture
Step 4 – Build the Roadmap
Capture and enumerate the 3-5 years business/technology vision
Determine major program dependencies, time phases, and resource balancing
Step 5 – Manage the portfolio
Govern the portfolio of IT-based initiatives as a financial portfolio of potential investments.