Friday, September 23, 2016

The CIO’s Digital Agenda: IT Optimization Sep. 2016

The goal of IT optimization is to improving business efficiency, enhancing innovation, harness agility, build resilience, and ultimately achieve high-performing business expectation.

IT is the foundation of data, information, and modern knowledge. The biggest misnomer regarding IT is that it is "just technology." The most powerful and differentiating tool in all of the today's businesses is INFORMATION and that, is provided by IT systems. How to continually fine-tune your organization’s information management and get the business digital ready?


IT Optimization

  • CIO Master Tuning XXX Chart a Course to Optimize IT?  Although information is overflowing and technology is omnipresent, the majority of IT organizations still suffer from the low maturity with the reputation as a maintenance desk and cost center. To compete at digital speed, IT has to transform from a builder to an integrator, from a plumber to an orchestrator, from an order taker to a business advisor. IT management needs to refresh mindset, reimagine IT competency and brand, and reinvent IT as a growth engine and innovation center. How to chart a course to optimize IT and unleash its full digital potential.

  • Running IT as a Business Multiplier? Many IT organizations are on the journey to transform from a cost center to a value creator, from a commodity service provider to an innovation engine. The word "transformation" in itself often means radical change and change for the better - new ways and methods of doing things, new structures, new relationships etc. There are changes in two shapes from IT management perspective: One is internal where IT transforms, and the second where IT helps to transform or change the business in line with new strategic imperatives. Change is not for its own sake, but to maximize IT value and ideally, running IT as a business multiplier.
  • Running IT as a Business Optimizer?  IT is the spinal cord for the organization, integrating various functional capabilities to bring out technology-enabled business solutions, motivating the IT team to constantly deliver multidimensional IT values. Today's organizations have to continue to keep digital fit to adapt to changes with increasing speed. So how to run IT as a business optimizer for improving business efficiency, enhancing innovation, harness agility, build resilience, and ultimately achieve high-performing business expectation.

  •  Three Aspects to Run Premium Digital IT? Digital open the new chapter of innovation: We have more computing power, hyper-connectivity, abundant data, greater potential empowerment of the worker, etc. But more of something isn't always necessarily good. The emergence of potential opportunities for exploring digitization is likely to follow a nonlinear pattern with exponential speed, as the pervasiveness of an organization's digitization journey increases. How to leverage the unprecedented digital power become a crucial factor in running a premium IT with differentiative competency and catalyze digital transformation.

  • Running IT as a Niche Player? Digital provides significant opportunities for business growth and innovation, and IT plays a significant role in digital transformation. That means IT has to reinvent its brand from a cost center to a value creator; from an order taker to an idea shaker, and from a commodity service provider to an innovation engine and digital whole brain. But more specifically, what are perspectives to run IT as a niche player?

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