I've always been wondering how many organizations really have an IT strategy. From my experience with my clients and peers, I've seen the following scenarios:
- 1. Don't have one, don't need one: "We know what we have to do, we don't need to overanalyze everything."
- 2. Don't have one, may need one: ""We should get around to do a strategy one day but we don't have the time / money to do it now."" Or: ""We don't even have a business strategy, how can we have an IT strategy!"
- 3. Have one, don't follow it: "Our IT strategy feels like a yearly documentation exercise. We forget about it the rest of the time."
- 4. Have one, uses it: "Our strategy is part of our day-to-day working activities."
I would bet only a small percentage falls in the category 4. So if only a handful of organizations does it, then it begs the question: Are IT Strategies useful?