Using and validating the strategic alignment model

Strategic alignment Leveraging information technology for transforming organisations.

IBM Systems Journal, 32(1)472-484.http// view on business/IT integration Adapted from Henderson, Venkatraman, (1993).

Address: Department of SID, ESSEC Business School, Avenue Bernard Hirsch-BP105, 95021, Cergy-Pontoise cedex, France. The importance of strategic alignment has been stated frequently (Earl, 1996; Labovitzand Rosansky, 1997; Corrall, 2000), indeed, Galliers and Newell (2003) call it a centraltenet of much of the theory and practice of IS strategy.

Ensuring that organizational IT is in alignment with and provides support for an organization’s business strategy is critical to business success.

This paper reports on the use of SAM in a financial services firm.

To help validate IT-business strategy alignment, we propose a single model according to Jackson#s problem diagram framework to encompass both business strategy and system requirements.

Strategy is then modeled using a goal-oriented requirements engineering notation; a framework for modeling an organization#s business strategy proposed by the Business Rules Group is used to construct the goal model.

Yet achieving strategic alignment continues to be a majorconcern for business executives.

A number of alignment models have been offered in the literature,primary among them the strategic alignment model (SAM).

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