The Feld Group Institute has invested many years developing and improving our framework that can lead to success. We also offer execution support throughout the multiyear plan that allows a company to leverage our expertise as they move through the different phases of an IT-enabled business transformation. Here’s how we work together:
- Path 1 IT Strategy Engagement
This approach is very comprehensive and is usually chosen as a result of a significant event within the client organization, such as an M&I effort, or a major business transformation effort.
A Path 1 strategy engagement is typically 90-120 days, and is broken into three phases; Current State, Future Vision and Gap Plan
All three phases of the work address each of the models of The Feld Group Institute’s framework:
- Business Model
- Business Capability Model
- Technical Model
- IT Operating Model
- Governance Model
- People Model
Throughout the strategy engagement, the client IT and business teams will be immersed in The Feld Group Institute’s framework and will develop a future state enterprise business systems strategy, with an accompanying Gap Plan.
The Gap Plan create an initially view of the execution plan and also tee’s up the issues, decisions, an d actions that need to be addressed by the CIO and IT Leadership Team, as well as the Business Leadership Teams, in order to enable the Future Vision strategy.
- Path 2 Strategy Engagement
This approach is more targeted and is typically focused on specific objectives or issues that have been identified by the client. Common objectives include architecture modernization, business capability innovation, and cost rationalization, to name a few.
The specific scope of the effort is determined by a “heat map” exercise that is done collaboratively by the client and the GI team. The heat map is a means to determine which of the models within our framework need to be addressed. Similar to the Path 1 engagement, the Path 2 engagement also culminates in a Gap Plan.
A Path 2 strategy engagement is generally time-boxed to 90 days or less.
- Executing the Strategy
The Turn is typically a six- to nine-month process. Through the strategy work, we have created a compelling Future Vision that enables the business strategy; we have created alignment with the executive team; and the “Go” decision has been made. Now it’s time to do it. The Turn Engagement is focused on repositioning the IT organization and preparing it to execute the strategy.
We continue to work within The Feld Group Institute’s framework throughout the Turn. In fact, now it’s more important than ever. During the Turn, our focus is on these general themes:
- Aligning priorities and IT resources against the business processes that are durable and critical to the Future Vision
- Establishing strong and effective IT-business governance structures
- Creating a multi-year economic plan that includes a financial plan, technology release plan, business implementation plans, and resourcing plans
- Determining disposition of all applications: Maintain, Replace, Re-architect, Retire
- Implementation of architectural guiding principles, technology governance processes, and go-forward computing styles and implementation patterns
- Implementation of a new IT operating model that encompasses the fundamentals of IT: Plan, Build, and Run
Implementation of new leadership and organization structures that reflect the new priorities and IT operating model
- Health Check Engagement
Typically after six to nine months, the client team becomes increasingly confident in utilizing our framework to lead the IT organization. The daily and weekly involvement of The Feld Group Institute team begins to naturally diminish and the client organization becomes increasingly self-sufficient. The IT leadership team gains experience and confidence as it moves from the Turn to Hitting Stride, and they begin to lead and execute effectively within the new IT model.
The Health Check engagements revolve around monthly checkpoint meetings. They are supplemented with as-needed conference calls and face-to-face meetings in order to review the progress of agreed milestones, as well as discuss any issues that may have arisen over the past 30 days which could impact or derail the progress of the agreed plan.