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IT AND BUSINESS ALIGNMENT

On a 5 point scale (with 1 meaning not aligned and 5 highly aligned) rate the level to which your IT and business strategy are aligned.

POS PROGRESS

Describe your company’s status on point-of-sale systems. (Check column that best matches company plans.)

 

KEY:
K1:
Have updated technology within the last 3 years
K2: Have started but not finished major upgrade
K3: Will start major technology upgrade this year
K4: Will start major technology upgrade within 2 years
K5: No plans

IT SYSTEMS STATUS

For each information technology listed below, please check the one column that best describes your company’s status:

 

KEY:
K1:
Have updated technology within the last 3 years
K2: Have started but not finished major upgrade
K3: Will start major technology upgrade this year
K4: Will start major technology upgrade within 2 years
K5: No plans

PINPOINTING TOP BUSINESS-IT ISSUES

Describe your company’s status on point-of-sale systems. (Check column that best matches company plans.) 


BIGGEST CHALLENGES

On a 5-point scale (1 meaning not challenging and 5 very challenging) rate the following challenges to your implementation of current IT initiatives.



CURRENT SPENDING PRIORITIES

On a scale from 1 to 5 (1 meaning not a priority and 5 very Important) rate the following solutions’ priority with regard to your current IT budget.

 

KEY:
E1: Not important
E2: Slightly important
E3: Moderately important
E4: Quite important
E5: Highly important

IT BUDGET GOALS
Which of the following apply to your current IT spending strategy? (Select all that apply.)

 

CIO MANAGEMENT PRIORITIES

On a 5-point scale (1 meaning not Important and 5 very Important) rate the importance of the following CIO management priorities to your organization.

 

OPTIMISM ABOUT 2005

What is your outlook on your company’s business prospects for 2005?


TOEING THE BUDGET LINE

Which statement most closely reflects your organization’s 2004 IT spending (as of time of survey in fourth quarter 2004)?

METHODS FOR DETERMINING IT BUDGET

When it comes to developing your IT budget,
do you base it on? (Check all that apply.)


RANKING ORGANIZATIONAL CORE COMPENTENCIES

Which of the following do you consider to be a core competence of your organization? (Select all that apply.)

RFID SUPPLY CHAIN PLANS 

What are your organization’s plans for using RFID with cartons and pallets?

CAPITAL VS. OPERATING EXPENSES

In 2004, what percentage of your IT budget was allocated to capital expenses, and what to operating expenses?

ACCELERATING 2005 BUDGET

Looking to 2005, what is your expectation for your IT budget compared to 2004?

BUDGET GROWTH IN 2004

Using 2003 as IT budget base, what was your expected increase/decrease in 2004?

2003 BUDGET AS PERCENT OF REVENUE

What was your IT budget as a percentage of company revenues in 2003? 1.527%

Source for all charts: WWDExecTech and Gartner