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Published: November 23, 2010
 / Winter 2010 / Issue 61


Road Map to Relevance

Now is the time to raise the bar on IT investment planning, to make sure investment capital is used to position the business for success. As a CIO or IT leader, you must focus on enabling the corporate strategy, not fighting about technology standards or managing budgets. As a CEO, a CFO, or a business leader, you must seek to understand how technology can enable your capabilities, instead of simply trying to reduce your unit service cost. The integral role of IT gives you a unique vantage point from which to help the business identify the right capabilities and bring them together across the value chain. With a well-designed road-mapping process, you can give IT the role that it deserves. 

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Author Profiles:

  • Eduardo Alvarez is a Booz & Company partner based in Chicago, and leads the firm’s global operations practice. He specializes in business process and IT-enabled transformations for energy, chemicals, and utilities companies.
  • Srini Raghavan is a principal at Booz & Company based in Washington, D.C. He specializes in technology strategy, service delivery models, and capabilities-driven business transformation for the energy, chemicals, and utilities industries.
  • Also contributing to this article were Booz & Company Partner Michael Connolly and Principal Dirk Klemm, and s+b contributing editor Edward Baker.
  • This article was previously published in IT Foresight, Booz & Company’s monthly electronic newsletter on technology; see


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