06/20/2008 by Klaus Otto
An enterprise applying a BTO Strategy principally strives for three goals: to increase the benefit of the strategic business applications, to better align functional IT projects with these strategic business applications, and to generally manage all enterprise applications with the aid of an efficient end-to-end (E2E) process which is digitized and largely automated, while process information is available to all persons involved in the process.
- The BTO Lifecycle starts with strategic and operative information and decision finding, the Project and Portfolio Management, in the CIO office.
- The existing application development process is extended to include a consistent requirements management, the targeted control of quality and performance as well as the continuous integration of due changes.
- Experts department and IT operations are included into the BTO Lifecycle. The operation is permanently controlled, and checking for availability of the application components is possible at any time. This also creates transparency as to which components are running on which servers.
From this list, it is obvious that in addition to software which support the individual BTO tasks some technological requirements must be met. Some of them are the use of process management software, a universal CMDB with auto-discovery and real-time dashboards.
A comprehensive view on applications covering IT strategy (CIO office), application implementation (IT development) and use of applications (department/IT operation) is important when it comes to making an enterprise more successful via IT. A consistent BTO Lifecycle Management supports the enterprise IT and – based on suitable BTO technologies – helps to make the right decisions and to put them into action.