London — Attempts to align IT strategy with an abstract business vision or strategy are doomed to failure according Butler Group, a Hull, England-based IT research and advisory organization. In its latest report, “IT Strategy and Architecture – Creating an Enterprise Model to Support IT Strategic Planning,” Butler Group says that in order to improve competitiveness, organizations must urgently address the growing dislocation between the business requirements and IT deliverables. This, it says, is directly impacting the enterprise’s ability to make quick, accurate decisions, and is causing slow implementation of the IT strategy.

The research firm says the adoption of an end-to-end architectural approach and the development of an enterprise model can help with IT strategy planning and execution. Enterprise architecture is a comprehensive framework used to manage and align an organization's IT assets, people, operations and projects with its operational characteristics. It also defines how information and technology will support the business operations and provide benefits. Butler Group also believes enterprise architecture is an important company asset that must be managed and updated on an ongoing basis to ensure its relevance.

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