To position your IT with a business-oriented IT-strategy and to promote your business.

To position your IT with a business-oriented IT-strategy and to promote your business.

To position your IT with a business-oriented IT-strategy and to promote your business.

We do IT strategies.

We do IT strategies.

We do IT strategies.

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A business-oriented IT Strategy is not just a document, but a process

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Namely, a very intensive communication process between business and IT managers. The “mind-set” used here decides about the quality of IT strategy. If IT strategy is understood as the sole responsibility of IT and delegated only to them, then the IT strategy can hardly deploy its controlling impact. It is worthless. But if top management and business managers get involved timely and intensively and talk together about the new IT trends (e.g. digitization, automation) and the use cases in business,  then IT can develop its role further and generate concrete value. Similarly, an IT strategy should not only contain target images and guidelines but should also be action-based. It must define appropriate measures and strategic IT initiatives to achieve these target images.

Our consulting services at a glance

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Service

Develop and implement business-oriented IT strategy

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Product

Assessment of the (development process) of the IT strategy

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Service

Conduct IT due diligence

Our consulting services in detail

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Develop and implement business-oriented IT strategy

We advise and assist our clients in developing and implementing business-oriented IT strategies in order to increase the value added by IT.

A sustainable and business-oriented IT strategy defines less of IT standards and technology rather more of the role and optimal organization of IT to support the business effectively. Intelligent benchmarking studies show that it is not low IT costs but adequate IT costs that lead to a high performance of IT and the business.

Services
  • Identify and prioritize the relevant IT strategy objects
  • Analyze the significance of IT for the organization
  • Analyze the current strength of IT governance and business orientation of IT
  • Analyze the business requirements of IT
  • Execute the SWOT analysis for every IT strategy object, e.g. application or project portfolio
  • Develop a guideline for IT (vision, mission, values)
  • Develop a target image of IT (for each IT strategy object)
  • Derive strategic measures and a roadmap
Methods + Tools
  • Ardour IT Strategy Framework
  • IT Strategy Process
  • IT Capability Maturity Model
  • Analysis tool “target image of IT”
  • SWOT analysis
  • Analysis of the roadmap
  • Application portfolio assessment tool (Excel-based)
  • Business model canvas
  • Customer touchpoint analysis
  • Checklists, questionnaires, templates
Benefits
  • Top management backs the IT strategy and supports it actively
  • IT strategy is business oriented and prioritizes the strategic IT initiatives from a business perspective
  • IT strategy is concrete and specific to the organization and not any “blabla” that is subject to individual interpretation
  • Guidelines of IT strategy influence operational actions and decision-making
  • Mutual understanding between departments and IT has grown
References
  • University Hospital
  • Group-bound IT service provider
  • Large German local utility
  • International gas company
  • Automotive suppliers
  • Airline
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Assessment of the (development process) of the IT strategy

Our assessment evaluates how effective is your IT strategy process within the organization and how effective is the involvement of key stakeholders and shows you specifically how to develop a better IT strategy.

In order to develop an effective IT strategy, you have to be reliant not only on the use of a structured process but more importantly on active and responsible participation of the top management and business managers. An IT strategy developed in quite chambers that includes many technical aspects and terminologies is useless.

Services
  • Analysis and assessment of the existing development process of an IT strategy and its results
  • Determine and measure the participation of key stakeholders (quality and scope) in the strategy process
  • Conducting structured interviews with the top management (IT and departments) and selected experts
  • Developing recommendations for action for more effective IT strategy
  • Creating a profitability report incl. defining measures
Methods + Tools
  • Ardour IT Strategy Framework
  • IT Strategy Assessment Tool (Excel based)
  • Structured interviews
  • Document analysis based on blueprint of the strategy document
  • Analysis and assessment of the existing development process of an IT strategy and its results
  • Database of success factors for strategy development and implementation
Benefits
  • You get an independent and as far as possible an objective third-party view to your IT strategy process
  • You know the chess positions in the strategy process and the strategy communication
  • You see why a good IT strategy process is good for business and IT
  • You get clear argumentation tips handed over for better positioning of the strategy process
  • Your top management is sensitized on the need and benefits of an IT strategy
References
  • Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians
  • Airlines
  • Large public utility company
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Conduct IT due diligence

As part of pre-merger activities, we support you and your IT team in evaluating IT organizations, application environments, IT infrastructure, service and supplier portfolios and cost-performance structures.
Services
  • Define the scope and the initial situation (strategic or financial investment)
  • Mobilize the IT due diligence team
  • Define the information needs
  • Request and track documents and information (possibly raw data)
  • Capturing data, verifying data quality
  • Evaluate the documents and data obtained
  • Analyzing the management practices, review of the maturity level
  • Identifying (IT-) risks
  • Estimating synergies together with the IT due diligence team
  • If necessary, benchmarking costs and performance structures
  • Creating result report with recommendations
Methods + Tools
  • Ardour IT Due Diligence Framework
  • Framework
  • Data collection templates (templates)
  • Information requirements list with tracking function
  • Checklists
  • Assessment tools
Benefits
  • Fast start and accurate approach ensures results in a few days or weeks
  • Common team evaluates data and ensures sustainability
  • Intensive customer involvement results in a high-level commitment to the established cost savings, (IT) risks and synergy potential
References
  • International media company
  • Cooperative Bank
  • Aluminum company

Your contact person at Ardour for IT strategy and IT due diligence

Do you have questions on IT strategy?

We are at your disposal for your questions or suggestions.

Michael Maicher

Consulting focus on IT strategy / IT due diligence
Business-oriented IT strategies, IT due diligence (pre-merger), assessment of IT strategies, strategic positioning of IT service providers

Selected clients
E.ON, Ruhrgas, Stadtwerke Hannover, Stadtwerke München, Habermaaß (HABA), Hydro Aluminium

Jürgen Bonn

Consulting focus on IT strategy / strategic repositioning of IT service providers
Business-oriented IT strategy, strategic repositioning of IT service providers and IT Benchmarking

Selected clients
Stadtwerke Hannover, Wüstenrot, E.ON, Krupp-Hoesch

Dirk Schreier

Consulting focus on IT strategy / strategic positioning of IT service providers
Business-oriented IT strategy, assessment of IT strategies and IT strategy (development process), strategic positioning of IT service providers

Selected clients
KV Niedersachsen, TUI, Stadtwerke Heidelberg, Stadtwerke München, Martha Maria

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