For the last 3 years, Cisco has helped many CIOs and IT leaders achieve their objectives by using a business/IT architecture methodology called Strategic IT Roadmap, or SITR. SITR’s ultimate deliverable is the “Unified Architecture Roadmap” which aligns IT initiatives with the key business priorities. This puts the CIO in a strong position when defending the IT plan/budget towards the other C-level executives.
- SITR is simple & pragmatic: it’s not rocket-science and values common sense over pre-established rules;
- SITR is holistic: it encompasses network, data centre, collaboration, security, applications, governance, etc.
- SITR is flexible: it’s not a rigid framework, and can be adapted depending on the context;
- SITR is result-oriented: it’s not an academic project, and there are concrete business deliverables;
- SITR is iterative: we prefer short iterations (ideally no more than 6 to 8 weeks), and we are not re-writing the annual report;
- SITR is based on TOGAF and COBIT5, as well as many best practices and templates from similar customers across EMEAR region;
- SITR is entirely funded by Cisco and/or our partners.
In this post, I explain how SITR can be performed in 10 steps, as depicted below.
I will now describe each step and provide template slides; these are just samples of what SITR deliverables look like.