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Many companies are discovering that their competitive edge for the future is dependent on transforming their businesses in significant ways by taking widespread advantage of the power of information technology (UT) to support the transformation and future business at all levels. The methodology and framework for coordinating business strategy with information technology strategy is an emerging area called strategic alignment, and is the focus for this special issue. We are indebted to J. N. Luftman of the IBM Consulting Group in Palisades, New York, for his dedication to the creation of this issue and his efforts in coordinating the work of the authors.
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