Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The CIO’s Digital Agenda: Running a High-Mature IT Aug. 2016

A high mature individual is ripened, a high mature digital organization is insight abundant.

IT is the foundation of data, information, and modern knowledge. The biggest misnomer regarding IT is that it is "just technology." Digital is about the rapidly change and continuous business flow, and IT becomes a changing organization to driving business transformation. How to fine tune IT to become high mature and get the business digital ready?


 Running a High-Mature IT  

  • Three Aspects in IT Maturity?  Most of IT organizations today still run in a reactive mode as an order taker to keep the bottom line and struggle with operational efficiency. However, with the rapidly change and overloading information, technology is often the disruptive force of business transformation. Forward-looking organizations have to empower their IT leaders to lead more proactively, contribute for strategy making, and focus on innovation. In philosophy and practice, how to improve IT maturity as a true strategic business partner?

  • Digital IT Maturity: Nowadays information is the lifeblood of the business, technology is often the digital disruptor, and change is the very nature of Information Technology. The irony fact is that IT is often perceived to be too slow to adapt to the changes in the majority of large enterprise organizations, and some businesses even complain their IT organizations become the obstacle to getting things done. How to speed up IT- it means IT has to adapt to changes in proactive ways, and more often, IT has to drive the changes and plays a pivotal role in digital transformation, focus on the fastest speed available - because that is where the main threat to competitiveness. It is about running IT as a business enabler to catalyze growth and improve organizational agility. In practice, how to run IT on the fast lane?


  • How to Run a High-Mature IT with Digital Sophistication?  Organizations large or small are on the journey of digital transformation. The characteristics of the digital era are velocity, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). IT organizations play a critical role in leading such a business transformation. In order to prepare for the digital paradigm shift, how can IT knit all important business elements such as process, technology, talent, culture, etc., into differentiated business competency with necessary digital sophistication which developed at the higher level via multidimensional lenses to reach digital maturity?

  • Three “Q”s to Run a High-Mature Digital IT? Cross-industry sectors, IT organizations are shifting from a technology support center of a company into an information steward of business. Managing information and the information position of an organization is what ought to be called Information Management. Information Management means to have the right people get the right information to make the right decisions at the right time. And that information has the right quality (actual, right, complete,...) and quantity (the volume of data, etc) and the information is used properly. It is a strategic imperative for managing information effectively in driving digital transformation.? Here we introduce three “Q” factors in running a high mature digital IT.

  • How to Build a High-Mature Organization: An organization or company may be in business for many years, but has not matured its management practices or lack of well-defined sets of business principles. Most of the organizations stick to the lower level of maturity mode (reactive, inside-out, and operational driven), how can they move up the maturity level to become truly proactive and outside-in, more culture intelligent and people-centric.

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