Monday, August 8, 2016

The CIO’s Digital Agenda: Driving Digital Transformation via the View of the Whole Chessboard Aug. 2016

Digital transformation is not a single dimensional initiative, but a multi-dimensional strategy-execution continuum.

The effects of an increasingly digitalized world are now reaching into every corner of businesses and every aspect of organizations. Business digital transformation is not just about the latest technological gadgets, it’s a holistic management discipline to implement a well-crafted digital strategy. And IT plays a critical role in catalyzing changes. In practice, how to run IT as a digital transformer via the view of the whole chessboard and ensure a seamless digital transformation?

Driving Digital Transformation via the View of the Whole Chessboard

How to Take a Structural Approach to Handle Unstructured Digital Disruptions: Digital disruption is frequent and unstructured, businesses just have to get used to the new normal and learn how to deal with them proactively. Obviously, there is no one size fits all solution, and "boil the ocean" approaches seldom deliver expected results. But how to take a structural approach in dealing with digital disruptions, and what’s the logical scenario to manage digital transformation seamlessly?
How to Build an IT Roadmap for Digital Transformation? Forward-looking IT organizations are on the journey to digital transformation. And strategic IT leaders also build a solid roadmap to show the time sequence of a strategy. A "roadmap" is simply a plan for moving or transitioning, from one state to another. More specifically, how can CIOs build a digital-ready IT roadmap?.

Three Hybrid Elements in Running a Digital IT and Organization  With emergent digital technologies, organizations large or small reinvent themselves to become more agile, flexible and innovative. Digital doesn’t mean just tear down all the old things in the previous era, in reality, digital means to strike the right balance between the new way and the “old way,” the physical building and the virtual platform, the face-to-face communication and the always-on online presence. Here are three HYBRID elements in running a digital IT and organization?
Running Digital IT from “Outside-In  Traditional IT organizations are inside-out operation-driven, and the company relies on an IT system via standardized usage of technologies, but often treated as the commodity. Nowadays, at the dawn of the Digital Era, information is one of the most invaluable business assets and technologies are disruptive forces behind the digital transformation. How to run a digital IT from “Outside-In,” as a customer advocate and a business differentiator?
IT’s Digital Portfolio : IT plays a significant role in the business’s digital transformation journey. To reimagine IT potential, reinvent IT management and maximize IT value, it is important to build a balanced IT digital portfolio with a set of differentiated capabilities to enable business growth and improve IT and overall organizational operational excellence. Generally speaking, a capability is an ability that an organization, person, or system possesses. Capabilities are typically expressed in general and high-level terms and typically require a combination of people, processes, and technology to achieve. Digital Capability Portfolio management is essential to successful strategy management. So What’s in an IT digital portfolio?

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The Imperative of Digital Transformation: Embracing Innovation for Success
Digital transformation is essential because it enables businesses and organizations to adapt and thrive in today's rapidly evolving digital landscape. By embracing digital technologies and strategies, companies can streamline operations, improve efficiency, and enhance customer experiences. Digital transformation also facilitates better decision-making through data analytics, empowers remote work capabilities, and opens up new opportunities for innovation and growth. In essence, it's about staying relevant and competitive in a world where technology plays an increasingly central role in nearly every aspect of our lives.

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