This IDC study provides CIOs and IT executives with an overview of IDC’s IT Executive Program Strategic Architecture Practice area. The description explains the area and scope of the practice, lays out the key issues, and describes the main research themes focused on addressing those issues. In addition, it describes the benefits and challenges of addressing these issues so that CIOs and IT leaders can assess for themselves the relative importance of strategic architecture in the context of their enterprise, strategies, goals, and challenges.
“Strategic architecture is essential for managing the complexity and change inherent in the digital economy,” says Mike Rosen, research vice president for Strategic Architecture in IDC’s IT executive program. “CIOs who want to participate and lead in their company’s digital transformation must have an effective, forward-looking architecture function.”