"Having the business-aligned IT plan more than doubles your chances of getting a high return on your IT invest," said Eugene Lukac, a partner in Computer Sciences Corp.'s (CSC) consulting group, speaking of CSC's January survey. "I don't know that this has been shown before. Prior to this, I think people always thought 'Yeah, having a plan would be a good idea,' but now we know that it's not only good idea, it (equals) dollars."
So if the benefits are supposedly so apparent, why don't more CIOs have a plan? While there is no single answer to this question, there are common themes.
But, this is changing, said Gaughan, as more companies continue down the path of IT consolidation and centralization. These efforts cannot be accomplished successfully without some idea of how the business will be affected by such a dramatic shift in the way IT is run and its services utilized.
The current popularity of portfolio management techniques and software is another indicator things are changing, Gaughan said.