Saturday, August 27, 2016

The CIO’s Digital Agenda: Running a Hybrid Digital IT Aug. 2016

Running IT in a hybrid way is all about balancing, steadfastness, and bridge-gapping.

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?

Running a Hybrid Digital IT  

  • A Hybrid IT : IT plays a significant role in modern businesses today, touches almost every key business processes, especially with the trend of SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud), IT consumerization and internet of things. The effectiveness of IT can be derived best when overall IT Organization reflects on how the business is structured for responsibilities and accountabilities of key decision makers. In other ways, IT can not architect itself in isolation. So to effectively deliver IT capabilities, centralized, decentralized, or hybrid IT, which is the right way?

  • Three "W"s in Running a Digital IT? IT plays a pivotal role in digital transformation of the organization, because IT is the only entity in the organization supposed to understand business entirely and oversight organizational processes horizontally, IT needs to be able to provide innovative solutions or supply differentiated services that contribute to both top line growth and the bottom line success of the organization. IT needs to become business’s innovation engine, rather than just tools. IT is the “whole brain” of an organization to bring wisdom into the workplace?

  • A Hybrid Organization  With the fast pace of change and emerging digital technologies such as social, mobile and cloud, companies large or small are brainstorming the next generation of organizational design, how to take advantage of the new digital tools, how to improve productivity and enforce creativity & collaboration cross-enterprise ecosystems.

  • A Hybrid CIO? Nowadays information is the lifeblood, and technology is often the disruption behind the changes. CIO as an IT leader is also faced with significant skill shift; in order to transform IT from a cost center to a value generator; from the back-office support function to business’s innovation engine. Which IT leader should your organization pick: a logical CIO or a creative CIO; a strategic CIO or a tactic CIO? And as a modern CIO, what’re the most critical thinking traits to lead a digital IT organization.

  • Three Portmanteau Hybrid Words to Envision a Digital Organization: Organizations large or small are on the journey to digital transformation, it is not an overnight phenomenon, but a well-planning strategy with the step-wise approach. There are physical buildings and virtual, always-on working environment; there are next innovation practices and “always do things like this” best practices; there’s abundance of information but still the scarcity of insight. It is the hybrid business world full of options. Digital is the age of alternatives, here are three portmanteau hybrid words to convey the management principles in running a digital organization.
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