About This Constellation ShortList™

IT Strategy Platforms are suites of capabilities that transcend traditional IT planning. These platforms empower businesses to closely align their IT objectives with overarching organizational strategies. They provide robust analytics, insightful dashboards, and road-mapping tools that help forecast IT trends and their potential impact. Most recently, they have been enhanced by AI and machine learning algorithms to proactively identify inefficiencies, suggest improvements, and even predict the return on investment of proposed initiatives.

But it's not just the Chief Information Officers (CIOs) who stand to gain from these tools. The entire C-Suite can harness their power: CFOs can achieve a granular understanding of IT budgets, ensuring that investments are directed towards projects that align with business objectives and offer tangible returns. Chief Marketing Officers can identify how technological advancements can refine customer experience or open new avenues for engagement. CEOs gain a holistic view of how technology drives business growth, ensuring that tech decisions contribute directly to strategic business outcomes.

In an age where technology now intertwines deeply with business, the emerging features of IT Strategy Platforms are closing the gap between overall business strategy and IT planning. By offering an integrated view of business processes and IT infrastructure, these platforms ensure that the entire leadership team is moving together in the same strategic direction, enabling harmonized execution and optimized performance.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Centralized Dashboard: A user-friendly interface that provides an overview of strategic objectives, progress, key metrics, and initiatives.
  • Integration Capabilities: Seamless integration with existing enterprise systems, software, and tools.
  • Scenario Planning: Allows users to model different strategies, compare scenarios, and understand potential outcomes.
  • Data Analytics: In-depth data analysis tools that can derive insights from vast amounts of data to guide strategy.
  • Collaboration Tools: Facilitate team collaboration, including chat, video conferencing, document sharing, voting systems to make strategic decisions, etc.
  • Goal Tracking: Monitor progress toward strategic objectives and key results.
  • Resource Allocation: Tools to ensure optimal allocation of human, financial, and technical resources.
  • Risk Management: Identify, assess, and develop strategies to mitigate potential risks.
  • Integrations: Tools to link strategy to execution by connecting strategic objectives with specific projects, work coordination platforms, and OKR trackers.
  • Flexible Reporting: Customizable reports to cater to different stakeholder needs and communication preferences.
  • Feedback Mechanisms: Tools for gathering feedback, evaluating progress, and continuously refining strategies.
  • Security Features: Advanced security protocols to protect sensitive data and comply with regulatory standards.
  • Cloud and On-premise Deployment: Options for both cloud-based solutions and on-premise installations.
  • Mobility: Mobile app and/or responsive design to ensure access by executives and managers from anywhere and anytime.
  • Learning and Support: Comprehensive knowledge base, tutorials, partner ecosystem, and customer support to aid users in fully utilizing the platform.
  • Scalability: The platform should be able to handle the growth of the organization in terms of users, data, and complexity.
  • Compliance: Meets necessary industry regulations and standards, especially for data residency.

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates more than 15 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research.

  • Apptio
  • Alfabet by Software AG
  • LeanIX
  • Planview
  • ServiceNow

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList is updated at least once per year. Updates may occur after six months if deemed necessary.

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients can work with the analyst and the research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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