Aligning IT With Business Objectives for Increased Profitability

Most mid-market companies do not have seamless, strategic processes in place to leverage the organization’s existing technology and may not have a three-year IT roadmap. Sound familiar?

Building Accountabilities for IT & Business to Work Together

At Meritide, our CIO consultants believe the application of technology to the business is a “business function.” The responsibility for applying IT to the business rests on each department head, executive and end user. Many businesses could benefit by establishing best-practice methods for IT to work closely with, and be aligned with, the business and its leaders.

How You Can Use Our IT Expertise

Our primary goal as a CIO in your business is to align IT with the needs of the business appropriately based on your needs today. Some of the services we provide are:

  • Leading a business system assessment
    • Business applications
    • IT infrastructure
    • Organization
  • Establishing an IT project process to define a way for IT to do its work
    • Prioritizing projects for the benefit of the business
    • Establishing early feasibility assessments to help build an ROI framework
    • Using a stage-gate-like approach to project development
    • Using our CIO solution for project management
  • Addressing specific vendor problems
    • Application support (maintenance, upgrades, enhancements)
    • Contract negotiations, contractual obligations (SLA’s, terms, pricing)
    • Software selection (ERP, CRM, Supply Chain)

Combining Business Acumen With Strategic IT Governance

Business Alignment

Delivering guidance from an IT perspective to support the broader business strategy.

  • Shared services strategy
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Strategic planning
  • Multi-channel support
  • Cloud vs. on-site architectures
  • Multi-location support

IT Alignment

Restructuring IT to be more responsive and provide higher service levels to the business.

  • IT leadership
  • Chargeback / allocation
  • In-house vs. outsource
  • Talent alignment

Business Architecture

Align IT to support business process, information and governance management.

  • Enterprise architecture
  • Centralization / decentralization
  • Global IT support
  • Shared services

IT Architecture

Making sure IT can deliver services with scalability and security.

  • Cloud strategy
  • Global vs. local
  • Systems architecture
  • Build versus Buy
  • Infrastructure strategy

Call Meritide for Targeted Technology Governance Solutions

Our CIO consulting experts can step in and provide you with the IT governance solutions your business requires to take profitability and efficiency to greater levels. Call us today to learn how our consultations can serve your company, whether you are located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area or elsewhere in the country.