A short video explaining the organizational benefits of using the IT4IT Reference Architecture
Released by the Open Group in late 2015, IT4IT is a prescriptive reference architecture for the IT function within a business.
Other mature industry verticals, such as retail or telecom, and professionalized management functions such as HR and Finance, all have a standard approach and reference architecture. The lack of such in IT is driving up cost.
IT4IT is the solution.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that IT is a production organized business. IT takes demand from the business lines, then produces and delivers services.
Michael Porter’s Value Chain concept has been honing production organized businesses for over thirty years. IT4IT has adopted the concept, and offers the IT Value Chain. It reduces cost, simplifies, and brings end to end traceability to your IT production.
IT4IT provides the structure and tools for organizations to manage their IT function as if it were a business in its own right, and achieve the same level of business discipline, predictability and efficiency as other functions in the business.
It enables IT management to work across the entire Value Chain in a better, faster, cheaper way with less risk and without involving a wholesale organizational change. You can map your current landscape onto IT4IT, and you can do it incrementally. It is not just theoretical. It is very doable, and it works.