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Pretorius

A Structured Methodology for Developing IT Strategy

A Structured Methodology for Developing IT Strategy
Dr Jakkie Pretorius
Director: Information Technology
University of Pretoria
[email protected]

ABSTRACT

This paper presents a practical case study of a methodology for the systematic creation of an IT strategy, as developed at the
University of Pretoria, a large South African research university. The methodology is pragmatic rather than academic and
was developed for implementation in a university environment.
The resulting strategy takes into account strategic alignment, business drivers and external influences. The current IT
organisation and infrastructure is assessed and contextualised. IT risks, as aligned with the corporate risk management
process, are identified, as are current and planned IT projects. The key results of the application of the methodology are a set
of aligned and interlinked documents describing the IT strategy, enterprise architecture, IT gover