Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The CIO’s Digital Agenda: Running IT as a Change Agent with Full Speed Sep. 2016

IT plays a critical role in exploring such an “art of impossible,” and should be run as a digital Change Agent.

For forward-looking and highly mature organizations, the IT department has become synonymous with the change department. In order to make effective changes, you have to know the underneath structure and processes of your business, because they underpin digital capabilities of the organization. Therefore, IT plays a critical role in digital transformation. But how to run IT as a Change Agent with full speed?

Running IT as a Change Agent with Full Speed

  • Running IT as a Change Organization? The IT department has been left to run change projects. to have a good understanding from a strategic perspective of the organization (structure, processes, locations, drivers, objectives, goals, applications, data, technologies.). To be flexible you need to be able to change and you can't make effective change decisions if you don't know where you are. Fundamentally, change consists of one or more of the following, and IT is not only the superglue but also the integrator to weave all important change elements effortlessly and make change sustainable.

  • Running IT as Digital Change Agent? Digital transformation is a journey. Literally, the transformation is to radically change the nature of something. Digital transformation is a radical change of the business via its underlying business processes, invisible business culture or emergent new business model, etc. In a business scope, there are some of the “significant bits and bytes of information” needed to make cognitive connections when evaluating a new market, new technology or any business growth opportunity. Hence, IT plays a critical role in exploring such an “art of impossible,” and should be run as a digital Change Agent.

  • Accelerate Change with full Speed?  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 a change agent and get the business digital ready.

  • Reinvent IT as a Business Accelerator? Most of IT organizations today are still being portrayed as the back-office cost center, to reimagine IT, it needs to shift from “T” driven to “I” - information focused business engine. Information is growing exponentially and it is humanly impossible to explore all of the "art" out there around a subject. In a business scope, there are some of the important bits and bytes of information needed when evaluating a new market, new technology or any business growth opportunity. Therefore, IT becomes more critical to explore such an “art of impossible,” but how to accelerate idea validation, doing more with innovation and build a unique set of business capabilities from IT management perspective.

  • Three Core Capabilities of Digital IT? The purpose of CIO Master - Unleash the Digital Potential of IT is to provide guidelines for building a framework to run a highly effective, highly innovative and highly mature digital IT organization. CIOs as IT leaders must be able to develop and optimize IT operational functions and build a set of necessary and differentiated capabilities to run multidimensional IT for creating multi-level business value. What are core capabilities of a digital IT and how to run IT as an enabler for the business strategies and objectives?

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