My opening point was that the business was sort of right and so I posed three questions
- Do you have a clear vision of where you want your IT estate to be in 3 years
- Do you want the IT estate to reflect that vision
- Do you want the costs for IT to reflect the different values in that vision
The answers were "No, Yes, Yes" which wasn't a huge surprise but was my real point to both sides of what had turned into a political mudslinging competition.
IT had set off to try and do 2 and 3 without knowing 1 and the business had effectively said "we don't know what we want... but we know its not that". Neither of these was a good idea. So the focus therefore was on creating that vision (a business service driven vision) and doing the heatmap that meant IT could then align itself (number 2 and 3) to that vision.
Now I've said before that IT and Chairman Mao have a lot in common but there is another famous phrase that applies here
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
Now that might be true, but its really important to know where you are going otherwise you look like a bit of a pillock in a thousand miles.
So can you answer the three magic questions of Business SOA and IT strategy?