Monday, December 14, 2015

CIO’s Digital Agenda XIV: How to Close the Gaps in Digital Transformation

Digital enlarges the gaps because different organizations, functions, and individuals evolve with varying speed; Digital also shrinks the gaps due to its nature of hyperconnectivity and interdependence.

Change is inevitable, and organizational change becomes a common practice and ongoing capability, but how to identify and bridge the gaps, particularly the gaps between IT and business, and overcome the obstacles to manage a smooth digital transformation?

How to Close the Gaps in Digital Transformation

  • Is the Gap between Business and IT Shrinking? IT is better integrated with the business than ever before. However, IT remains quite distinct in terms of performance metrics, structure, career path, etc. there are still numerous debates about “He said, She said” in CIO forums, Is the gap between business and IT shrinking?


  • Is IT skills Gap Fact or Fiction? There’s always a debate regarding IT talent supply and demand, does IT skills gap really exist? Or is it due to any management issues such as misunderstanding or miscommunication upon talent value chain? What is the root cause and how to solve the problem?


  • How to Bridge the Innovation Execution Gap? Although innovation is at every forward-looking organization’s agenda, there’re at least two gaps existing in innovation management: idea gap and execution gap. More often than not, companies seem to continue to have more ideas than execution expertise. If you have an idea, you gain only if you have the right methodology to implement the idea. However, there’re gaps between innovation strategy and innovation execution, how to mind it?


  • How to Mind the Gap between Strategy and Execution? As companies around the world transform themselves into digital business that is based on ‎information, innovation, and intelligence, their ability to well align the strategy and execution, for delivering the solid result; their capability to explore intangible assets (leadership, culture, innovation, knowledge etc) has become far more decisive than their ‎ability to invest in and manage physical assets. In order to build a solid strategy and execute it smoothly, more specifically, how to mind the strategy-execution gap? Do you think there should be a specialized strategy department for strategy ‎analysis and formulation? What about strategy implementation and how to measure it effectively?


CIO in the Boardroom: Which Gaps Shall you Bridge? There is no question that businesses need digital leadership in today's boardrooms, as information becomes the life blood of business, digitalization is in every forward-thinking business’s agenda, and globalization turns to be the new normal of business expansion. All of these brings the significant opportunities and responsibilities for the new breed of CIOs: Do you want a seat in the Boardroom, which gaps shall you bridge? Digital gap, information gap, innovation gap or global gap?


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