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The application lifecycle ends with the deployment of an application into a production environment. Oftentimes, the operational management of these applications has not been considered in the overall planning and design process and are relegated to being managed using common IT monitoring tools. Based on the criticality of the application to the business, there needs to be a disciplined approach to address operational management of the application.

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Why do we need to plan? What ends up being developed if a rigorous approach to planning is not used? Do application projects flow from an understanding of the business strategy? Do they support that strategy? Business and IT management should make these decisions jointly. Underlying the principles of IT governance is the theme of effective and efficient communications between IT and business. When IT and business are aligned and integrated in results, planning will provide reduced project time and costs, increased project success rates, reduced time to market, increased customer satisfaction, and increased operational performance and efficiency.

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IT solution delivery efforts provide business applications to the enterprise. These business applications are the life blood of the enterprise and are the abstraction between business and IT and deliver business value to the enterprise. It is imperative for the business to understand the business goals and objectives that are to be attained by a business application. It is imperative for IT to deliver business applications in a timely manner and to assure operational performance meeting business goals and objectives. The ingredients for successful application performance depend not only on the IT infrastructure that supports it but also on the planning process, operational management and organizational maturity.

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As IT professionals, we tend to focus on the end-user. But in reality we also have to balance other interests. Developers tend to focus on getting the job done, while business partners are concerned with cost, revenue, and profitability. The successful project balances the needs of business, end users, and IT. While user-centered design can address the business needs, IT- Business alignment addresses the relationship between the business and IT. So as IT professionals, it is important to understand the dimensions of alignment and to do what we can to improve it.

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