Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Monthly “IT Innovation” Book Tuning: Rejuvenating IT to get Digital Ready May 2017

Within abundant information and emergent digital technologies, IT is a key component of holistic business mindset to re-imagine “what is possible” - unleashing business potentials and improving business efficiency, effectiveness, agility, and maturity. The art of possible to reinvent IT for the digital age is to deliver the value of information in helping businesses grow, delight customers and doing more with innovation.

Rejuvenating IT to get Digital Ready

Three Factors to Accelerate Digital Innovation? There is no doubt innovation is becoming more important whereas technology becomes more advanced in the digital era. In fact, the speed of change is expedited, so does the speed of innovation. Innovation is the core activity of human evolution, to change the environment for advancement; to reach performance for profit, to improve efficiency for saving of resources, to sell products/services for the satisfaction of customers. And digital innovation has much broader spectrum which includes both hard innovations such as products/services/processes/business model innovations, or soft innovations such as leadership/management/culture/communication innovation. Here are three factors to accelerate the pace of digital innovation. ?

Running an “I” driven Digital IT Organization Digital means the rapidly change, with an unprecedented level of unrepeatability and unpredictability. The ability of companies to consume and make sense of the information that is available to make good decisions or capture business insight for enforcing innovation within today’s digital dynamic is becoming a nearly insurmountable challenge. IT as the information steward, how to manage information well and unleash the full digital potential of the business?.

How to Rejuvenate IT via Overcoming IT Identity Crisis? It is the dawn of the digital era with an abundance of information and lightweight digital technologies.  Information is penetrating into every core process of the organization. IT plays a pivotal role in such a paradigm shift,  However, most of the business users or consumers lack a comprehensive understanding of IT. They either think IT as the shining technology toys /gadgets, or the help desk & maintenance center; they also perceive IT leaders as stereotypical technology geeks or arrogant IT nerds. To rejuvenate the shadowed IT image and fragile IT reputation, how can IT clarify its vision & mission, convey a clear & cohesive brand message,  overcome IT identity crisis, and build a reputable brand to improve its own and the overall business maturity??

The Multi-Color of Digital IT? IT is in the middle of a sea change, traditional IT organization is monolithic, monocolored, stereotypical, and slow to change. In order to improve the tarnished image of IT, digital CIOs must set principles and guidelines, but not overly restrictive rules to run digital IT with the enriched color of IT leadership, empowered IT talent teams and enhanced IT-business partnership to make a leap in digital transformation.

Setting Principles to Run an Innovative IT: Creativity is becoming increasingly crucial in today’s business environment because it breeds innovation. But it’s common that many IT companies tend to focus more on their core competencies and often forget about the value of innovation management. Without innovation, organizations would be upstaged by the competitors that are creative because disruptive innovation will happen no matter you prepare well or not. IT needs to become a business’s innovation engine because the intersection of IT and people is where innovation happens. So how to set principles to encourage creativity and run an innovative IT in a systematic way

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