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Published on January 15, 2009

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The PwC Information Technology Methodology Health Check : The PwC Information Technology Methodology Health Check Strategy Business Direction Business Control of IS IS Strategy and Policy IS Planning and Budgeting Delivery Roles and Responsibilities Organization Project Management Service Delivery Development & Implementation Quality Management Data Management Security Technology Strategic Direction Architecture Computing Infrastructure Communications Infrastructure People People Management IS People User People Systems Applications Information Unsatisfied Demands The ITM Health Check Methodology comprises 22 topics grouped into 5 segments: -- strategy -- delivery -- technology -- people, and -- systems The BAS project team should work to select the key topics requiring consideration, and for each topic the level of analysis necessary. The following slides describe in more detail the contents of each of the 5 segments Slide 2: What must be done to ensure that the IS/IT function effectively supports the business? How should the business control IS/IT? Is IS/IT aligned with the business goals? Are resources organized, monitored and controlled in a way that delivers IS/IT services in the most efficient way? How is the value of IS/IT services measured and monitored? How is the value of IS/IT perceived? Are technology trends identified, is the IS/IT architecture effective and is technology chosen and acquired in the most effective manner? How responsive is the technology infrastructure to the changing needs of the business? How well does the organization manage its human resources in relation to IS/IT (skills, attitude, responsiveness, process effectiveness)? Is the application functionality sufficient and cost effective, are there any deficiencies in the information provided by them, and what unsatisfied demand exists in the context of BAS’s business model? Systems Strategy People Delivery Technology Focus on the 5 IS and IT Segments Applications Information Unsatisfied Demands People Management IS/IT People User People Business Direction Business Control of IS/IT IS/IT Strategy and Policy IS/IT Planning and Budgeting Roles and responsibilities Organization Project Management Service Delivery Development and Implementation Quality Management Data Management Security Computing Infrastructure Strategic Direction Communication Infrastructure Architecture Here are questions that may help you think through these five areas. Strategy Segment : Strategy Segment Development & Implementation Quality Management Data Management Security Direction Architecture Computing Infrastructure Communications Infrastructure People Management IS/IT People User People Applications Information Unsatisfied Demands Roles & Responsibilities Organization Project Management Service Delivery Delivery People Systems Technology The strategy analysis can focus on the following: Is there an effective business planning process that includes IS/IT issues and opportunities? Is IS/IT aligned with the business? Is there effective control over IS/IT directions, priorities, resources and expenditure by senior management? Does the organization have a clearly defined IS/IT strategy and is it adhered to? Does IS/IT have an effective resource planning and budgetary process and is there an appropriate mechanism to ensure compliance? Business Control of IS/IT Business Direction IS/IT Planning, Resourcing & Budgeting IS/IT Strategy & Policy Strategy What must be done to ensure that the IS/IT strategy effectively supports BAS’s business? How should IS/IT be controlled? Delivery Segment : Delivery Segment Business Control of IS/IT Business Direction IS/IT Strategy & Policy Direction Architecture Computing Infrastructure Communications Infrastructure People Management IS/IT People User People Applications Information Unsatisfied Demands IS/IT Planning, Resourcing & Budgeting People Systems Technology Strategy Are resources organized, monitored and controlled in a way that delivers IS/IT services in the most efficient way? Our delivery analysis can focus on the following: Does the IS/IT organization have a clear role and are the channels of communication defined and understood? Does the IS/IT structure enable it to fulfill its business and functional objectives? Does the IS/IT function operate effectively with the rest of the business? Is project management an accepted discipline and are the procedures applied across the project management life cycle? Are IS/IT services defined and delivered in an effective manner? Are the costs of delivering IS/IT services quantified and monitored with respect to their overall business impact and is there an IS/IT value BAS eline that covers the current systems portfolio? Is the identification, prioritization and justification process of IS/IT projects carried out? Are there procedures for validation and acceptance of all IS/IT components? Are the maintenance functions and costs controlled with the same level of discipline as development? Are there adequate management processes in place to ensure delivery of quality systems and services? Is information considered a critical corporate resource? Is this resource developed to meet the needs of the business? Delivery Development & Implementation Quality Management Data Management Security Roles & Responsibilities Organization Service Delivery Project Management Technology Segment : Technology Segment Business Control of IS/IT Business Direction IS/IT Strategy & Policy Development & Implementation Quality Management Data Management Security People Management IS/IT People User People Applications Information Unsatisfied Demands Roles & Responsibilities Organization Project Management IS/IT Planning, Resourcing & Budgeting Service Delivery Delivery People Systems Strategy Are technology trends identified, is the IS/IT architecture effective and is technology chosen and acquired in the most effective manner? How responsive is the technology infrastructure to the changing needs of the business? Direction Architecture Computing Infrastructure Communications Infrastructure Technology Our technology analysis can focus on the following: Are technology trends monitored and exploited fully? Is the business aware of the potential opportunities for competitive advantage offered by IS/IT ? Has the architecture been planned and is it appropriate for the organization? Is the architecture sufficiently flexible so that the business changes are not constrained by it? Does the computing infrastructure match the technology architecture? Does it support the business needs and is it sufficiently flexible to meet business changes? Is the communications infrastructure adequate to meet the needs of the business? Is there a process for effectively managing and controlling the communications infrastructure? People Segment : People Segment Business Control of IS/IT Business Direction IS/IT Strategy & Policy Development & Implementation Quality Management Data Management Security Direction Architecture Computing Infrastructure Communications Infrastructure Applications Information Unsatisfied Demands Roles & Responsibilities Organization Project Management IS/IT Planning, Resourcing & Budgeting Service Delivery Delivery Systems Technology Strategy How well does BAS manage its human resources in relation to IS/IT (skills, attitude, responsiveness, process effectiveness)? The people analysis can focus on the following: Does BAS have clear policies which utilize its IS/IT people effectively? Do the IT people have the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to fulfill their role? Does BAS provide IS/IT people with career opportunities? Do users have the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to fulfill their role? Is there sufficient involvement of users in the IS/IT projects? People Management User People IS/IT People People Systems Segment : Systems Segment Business Control of IS/IT Business Direction IS/IT Strategy & Policy Development & Implementation Quality Management Data Management Security Direction Architecture Computing Infrastructure Communications Infrastructure People Management IS/IT People User People Roles & Responsibilities Organization Project Management IS/IT Planning, Resourcing & Budgeting Service Delivery Delivery People Technology Strategy Are the key applications functionally sufficient, are there any major deficiencies in the information provided by them, and what unsatisfied demand exists in the context of BAS’s business model? Our high-level systems analysis can focus on the following: Does the functionality of key applications meet the needs of the business? Is the value received in line with development and maintenance costs? Is the data received by users accurate, timely, and relevant? Are user requests (that are not covered by the current applications) identified, recorded, and prioritized according to business needs? What degree of unsatisfied demand exists currently or will exist BAS ed upon the group’s business strategy? Information Unsatisfied Demands Applications Systems Articulating Issues, Recommendations : Articulating Issues, Recommendations Development & Implementation Quality Management Data Management Security Direction Architecture Computing Infrastructure Communications Infrastructure People Management IS/IT People User People Applications Information Unsatisfied Demands Roles & Responsibilities Organization Project Management Service Delivery Delivery People Systems Technology Business Control of IS/IT Business Direction IS/IT Planning, Resourcing & Budgeting IS/IT Strategy & Policy Strategy Enterprise Direction 1 No formal enterprise-wide business strategy, plan or performance monitoring. Enterprise is reactive to day-to-day pressures and such strategy as exists 'evolves' 2 Recognition of the need for a more formal approach to enterprise strategy planning and performance monitoring. Strategy, plans and measures defined for some organizational units. Lack of consistency of approach across enterprise. Little recognition of IS opportunities within enterprise plans. 3 Consistent approach to enterprise-wide business strategy planning defined. Business plans defined for all major organization units focusing on inidividual needs. Regular reviews performed. Fomal method of reporting business performance established in terms of key performance indicators 4 …. IS Direction 1 …. Here is an example of how we would use the data collected to highlight issues and creating recommendations. Strategy

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