Creating Strategic Value Through IT

Leverage technology for improved business results

Alignment is the key, and that’s what this intensely collaboratively program teaches: how to synchronize your technology strategy and overall business strategy to create value and gain competitive advantage. Guided by expert practitioners and thought leaders, you’ll benchmark your IT against best practices and learn leading-edge frameworks for IT portfolio management. Through lectures and discussions of real-world challenges, you’ll gain new knowledge and practical insight for designing and leading IT, managing complexity and risk, unlocking value from big data and analytics, and linking strategy to execution.

You’ll also learn how to quantify and communicate the IT business case to your management team. You’ll leave equipped and inspired to leverage IT for strategic advantage — by building deeper relationships with your internal and external customers, collaborating more effectively with partners, maximizing business productivity, seizing opportunities and putting new ideas into action.

Mark Jeffery / Academic Director

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals who serve on an IT executive management team, including CIOs/CTOs and direct reports
  • Business unit executive sponsors of the IT team, including CFOs and SBU heads

Key Benefits

  • Align technology strategy with overall business strategy
  • Define an IT governance process
  • Identify opportunities to add business value with IT
  • Qualify, quantify and effectively communicate the value of IT to unit sponsors and financial executives
  • Use analytics for strategic advantage
  • Manage performance and provide executive oversight of IT programs and projects

Program Content

Developing IT Strategy

  • Understand the strategic context of the organization
  • Benchmark your IT using our best-practice survey of Fortune 1000 firms and federal government agencies

Aligning Corporate Strategy and IT Investments

  • Allocate resources in an environment of complexity and capital constraints
  • Use frameworks for technology portfolio management to understand risks and returns

The IT Business Case

  • Quantify technology project ROI with financial and nonfinancial metrics
  • Define actionable business cases for IT

Unlocking Value from Data

  • Leverage information for strategic advantage
  • Use analytics for supply chain optimization, cutting costs and increasing performance
  • Drive growth and profitability through analytics

Executive Performance Management and Oversight

  • Manage the performance of complex programs and projects
  • Recognize patterns of risk
  • Implement corrective actions to turn around at-risk programs and projects

Transformational Leadership

  • Define and plan your change strategy
  • Recognize key pitfalls in leading change efforts
  • Understand the role of CIO leadership within the business


Mark Jeffery - Academic Director; Adjunct Professor of Executive Education

Russell Walker - Clinical Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Tim Zoph - Senior Vice President, Administration and CIO, Northwestern Memorial Healthcare

What Participants Say

“As a CFO, with no IT background, I found this program to be an eye-opener and really helped me to clarify the objectives of the IT department.”
Chief Financial Officer, Grupo Entero

“The program was fantastic and provided great insight to best practices for driving strategic value from IT. I'm leaving the program in a better position than when I arrived, with some great tools added to my skill set.”
Project Director, Allstate Insurance

“Ideal for senior and middle management … to holistically get the most out of IT for your business.”
Partner, Westernacher & Partner Consulting

Personal Consultation

Please email or call us if you would like a personal consultation

2017 Sessions

November 12-15, 2017

Start: November 12 at 2:00 PM

End: November 15 at 12:30 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208