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Free IT strategic planning templates for CIOs

An overarching IT strategy is critical to enterprise success. Use these free IT strategic planning templates to craft an effective IT program.

IT strategic planning can make -- or break -- an organization's efforts at establishing competitive advantage through...

the tactical use of technology resources. So, where's a CIO or IT executive to start in generating or updating a concise IT planning document to guide the organization in the years ahead?

SearchCIO has compiled a sampling of free IT strategic planning templates and examples available on the Web. Use these planning documents to craft one of your own, and turn today's IT organization into one built for the long haul.

: This "issue-driven social network for CIOs" provides a simple IT strategic planning template that's intended to draw out business pain points and objectives and reveal what an organization stands to gain by leveraging IT capabilities and analyzing the needs of the customer.

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SOURCE: California State University-Sacramento
: This IT strategic planning document offers organizational planning models, processes for strategic planning updates and sample strategic planning templates, as well as a thorough discussion of the importance of these programs.

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SOURCE: Brown University
: Brown University's five-year IT strategic plan is an excellent example of how to combine vision, process and execution into an actionable document with defined, achievable goals.

SOURCE: Info-Tech Research Group
: This free IT strategic plan template outlines simple, yet effective procedures for building business strategies and initiatives and higher-level IT processes. (Registration is required.)

This was last published in October 2012

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