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An Update on Business - IT Alignment: “A Line” Has Been Drawn
by Jerry Luftman and Rajkumar Kempaiah, Stevens Institute of Technology


For almost three decades, practitioners, academics, consultants, and research organizations have identified “attaining alignment between IT and business” as a pervasive problem. Is it as difficult as drawing “a line in the sand”? Although we have seen improvement, there are reasons why alignment is a persistent issue—as will be discussed.

Our research has found that no alignment silver bullet exists. Rather, alignment involves interrelated capabilities that can be gauged by measuring six components: communications, value, governance, partnership, scope and architecture, and skills. These six components can then be placed in a five-level maturity model, where Level 5 is the highest maturity. From measuring these six components in 197 mainly Global 1,000 organizations...

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