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CIOs Are Transforming IT To Enable Business, Cut Costs, And Become More Services-Focused

February 26, 2010

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CIOs are changing IT a lot, and Forrester conducted research to better understand how. We surveyed 92 IT executives and performed a few complementary interviews to understand the nature of IT changes in organization and processes. Our interviewees told us that most CIOs drive transformations aimed at increasing IT's business orientation and cutting costs through adoption of standard management processes, shared services, and coordinated IT governance spanning business organizations. And with these changes in IT, CIOs are becoming better business partners through a stronger services orientation — characteristics that will improve their move to business technology (BT). To accelerate IT's transformation, Forrester recommends the adoption of a Lean Thinking approach, using a services portfolio to develop better concepts of the business, focus on life-cycle costs, eliminate waste, and build a culture of continuous improvement.

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Table of Contents

  • IT Organizations Are Changing A Lot — The Question Is How Are They Changing?
  • Current Change Initiatives Address Business Enablement And Cost Reductions
  • CIOs Also Restructure To Become Business Partners Through A Service Focus
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Use Lean Thinking To Increase IT's Service Effectiveness
  • Supplemental Material
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