Business and IT strategies have to be taken from "vision" to "operation" through a clear and efficient roadmap management process.
The roadmap process ensures that gaps are identified and can be closed, increasing IT's value to the business. The process aids collaboration between management and execution.
Starting with objectives, the resource allocation and asset management are optimized according to strategy alignment, benefits, costs and risks.
In order to justify implementation, the costs must be evaluated against income (savings). In this context the costs are still relatively easy to assess while benefits or savings are often more difficult to validate. Therefore monitoring and control of performance has to let management tweak priorities.
Most managers declare that IT needs to be managed based on benefit and value to the business, rather than strictly on cost (Gartner IT study, 2010). At the same time, many organizations demand that business deliver more with less. Therefore a significant challenge is to reduce complexity while raising overall efficiency, which makes a good roadmap management process a clear company differentiator.
This roadmap manangement process is designed to involve only the required stakeholders, and manage reviews without bottlenecks.