Thursday, 9 May 2013

One Picture For All: Visualising Business-Technology Strategy

In the process of developing a Business-Technology Strategy, I wanted to create Gamestorming-like approach to help position business drivers, technology trends and IT responses. I've been reading 'The Agile Architecture Revolution' by Jason Bloomberg (highly recommended!) - I particularly was inspired by the Zapthink Poster therein. But given the different audience, I need a more Business-focused that might eventually  evolve into a info-gram poster ( I recognise it's more Mindmap than info-gram in this version!). The aim is to create a tool that will help frame and stimulate discussion with business people and technologists that becomes the core of a Business-Technology strategy. Subsequently, the developed artwork (or simplified versions) might become a commonly understood reference model for communicating the strategy - maybe even a piece of office wall-art!

Hopefully, the diagram I've developed is self explanatory, however,  a few words of explanation might be helpful:
  1. The star at the centre should be the "headline" of CEO's strategic direction over the period (e.g. to 2018) or similar agreed at the C-level.
  2. The items in blue circle are the specific business drivers - the things C-level care most about!
  3. The six labelled outer sections are general technology trends that the CIO/IT team believe are most pertinent to the business.
  4. The items red circle are the IT responses to both the inner business direction & drivers in the context of the technology trends.
  5. In this example, the buff coloured encircling arrow represents the importance of "Big Data" overall and how data-driven decision-making will be fueled by other technology trends (I guess this might vary from business to business).
  6. The orange "explosions' are specific predicted events within a trend, the yellow "post-its" are  aspects/observations and the green "scrolls' represent particular milestones or goals.

I'd welcome any thoughts, builds or alternative ideas - maybe you have a better approach or can offer something to augment?

Oh, and one more ask, if anyone knows of a low-cost way to make the poster less "PowerPointy" and more "Infogramy", please Tweet me (@taotwit) with suggestions - thanks!

You can download a more readable .pdf version below. Let me know if you'd like an editable .ppt version via email.


  1. I am becoming less excited about the "Cloud" term because it doesn't convey the gamut of things needed. Every client that I have worked with has used the phrase as code for "Amazon Web Services" - including conversations like, "as we consider which workloads we move to the cloud (by which we mean AWS or something ike it)..." In reality, I think what we are really looking at is software managed infrastuchute (SMI?). Looking to use software tools to manage the lifecycle of our infrastructure and the applications that sit on top of it. Introducing the power and flexibility of software to the (up to now) labor intensive and error prone human driven methods.
    The location of the resultant platforms is not a function of the managebility - that should be table stakes. Location is about some of the other -ilities. affordability, secureability, reliability,... So maye be the "cloud everywhere" panel could be re-examined through that lens.

  2. Seems to be working - great conversations with the 'Business' today - more next week.