Tuesday, January 12, 2016

CIO’s Digital Agenda XXXII: The Alphabet Soup in Running Digital IT (Part II: F-O)

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Due to the “disruptive” nature of technology and the abundance of information, IT plays more significant role in business’s digital transformation, There is “alphabet soup” in running a digital IT which must lead in reaching high-level performance and improve IT agility.

The Alphabet Soup in Running Digital IT (F-L])

  • The Triple “F”s in Digital IT: Digital transformation represents the next stage of business maturity which will improve how the enterprise works and interacts with its ecosystem, with customers at the center of its focus. IT plays a pivotal role in such a radical transformation. There is the “alphabetic soup” in running a digital IT which must lead in reaching high-level performance and maturity. Here we introduce triple “F”s in running a high-performing and high mature digital IT.


  • Three “G”s in Running a High-Performing Digital IT:  Nowadays information is the lifeblood and technologies are often the innovation disruptor. The days of the invisible, back office CIO are gone - or going. The enterprise needs to see and know, what the CIO is delivering to enable business growth. IT leaders are in the unique position to oversight business processes and sees beyond the silos with an in-depth understanding of their organizations’ differentiated capabilities.


  • Three “I”s in Digital IT:  Nowadays, information is the lifeblood of organizations, and technology is often the innovation disruptor. Information technology should be seen by any business as a “digital transformer” and strategy enabler. It is a significant part of the business strategy, and not simply as a tool or mechanism to support business goals. Therefore, IT leaders need to be able to intrinsically understand business needs - growth, cost structure, processes etc and translate that into an IT strategy which is the integral component of business strategy, it is responsive and can be scaled. Fundamentally, there are three “I”s in digital IT.


  • Three “K”s in Running a Digital IT: There is an inherent conflict if IT views its primary objective as standardization, rationalization, and consolidation, but nowadays at the era of digitalization, IT also means innovation, integration, and intelligence, etc. Trust is the key, which means IT needs to behave more like an integral part of the business. Here are three "K"s in running a digital IT.


  • Three “L”s in Running a Digital IT: IT is at the crossroad, the majority of IT organizations get stuck in the lower-level of maturity and struggle to prove their unique value, for helping the business gain competitive advantage. So what are the best ways to demonstrate IT value, and build competitive advantage. here we introduce three “L” factors in running a high-value digital IT.

  • Three “O”s in Running a Digital IT: IT is at the cross road, how can IT organizations build solid value proposition, and moved up its maturity to become the game changer and digital business catalyst in their companies. Here we introduce three “O” factors in running a high-performing digital IT.

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