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IT value chain: requirement to deploy

R to D.pngThe requirement to deploy value stream is concerned with how well IT manages the creation and delivery of new or modified applications—in other words, strategic demand. The goal for this value stream is to maximize the business value delivered by IT. Given this, the focus is on value optimization, which starts by ensuring applications align to their business goals and objectives. To achieve this, IT must deliver applications that meet their requested, approved requirements, as well as strategic non-functional requirements. To make this happen, IT leadership needs to manage the quality of the requirements process, establish predictability in programs and project execution, ensure end-to-end quality is delivered, and deliver application performance in accordance with the service-level agreement (SLA). The question here is, are people creating SLAs during service design, and how well do these agreements reflect real business needs versus IT needs? Let’s review the goals for requirement to deploy and the metrics that will tell you whether you have achieved success with this value stream.

IT Value Chain: The Strategy to Portfolio Value Stream

S to P.pngI heard a leading analyst once tell a group of IT professionals that they do not work in IT, but rather the business of their firm—banking, insurance, manufacturing, etc. Do you feel this way? If so, the strategy to portfolio value stream should be important to you. The goal for this value stream is to derive an IT strategy and a service portfolio that optimize business advantage. This value stream is focused on IT strategy creation as well as ongoing governance of the planned and operationalized service portfolio. From a functional perspective, the first steps in this value stream involve creating an IT architecture and evaluating incoming demand. This next step involves breaking the incoming demand into strategic and operational components, with strategic demand being all the new stuff and operational demand being requests for the existing stuff. Given this, this value stream is concerned with the portfolio’s quality of management, the innovation that is being produced for the portfolio, the quality of new solutions being identified, and the effectiveness and efficiency of spend for services and innovation.

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