Sunday, October 30, 2016

The CIO’s Digital Agenda: Digital IT Best/Next Practices

Besides building a set of principles to follow, it’s also important to develop a series of best/next practices to scale up and amplify digital effects.

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 today's businesses is INFORMATION and that is provided by IT systems. How to continually fine-tune IT and get digital ready?

Digital IT Best/Next Practices

  • Three Best Practices to Run a Frictionless Digital IT?  Businesses are transforming from an industrial era with knowledge scarcity to the digital era with information abundance. Technology plays a pivotal role in such a paradigm shift, and the information is penetrating into every core process of the organization. Companies that lacked the skills to manage information technology effectively suffered compared with competitors that had mastered those skills. Besides setting digital principles to follow through, which best/next practices should IT leaders develop and practice for running a frictionless digital IT?

  • Three Practices in Achieving IT Management Excellence? With the fast pace of changes and overwhelming information nowadays, Information & Technology are permeating to every corner of the business, often IT can either make or break a company almost overnight. IT strategy is an integral component of the business strategy, as more often than not, technology is the driving force behind business innovations. The history reveals that IT needs to be understood and harnessed by all stakeholders, to fulfill its potential and strategic importance as a differentiator of companies. A seamless digital journey is made of many solid steps, how to develop a set of next practice for achieving IT management excellence and improving organizational agility?

  • Three Practices to Overcome Corporate Silo Mentality? We have transitioned from an industrial to knowledge, innovation, and hyperconnectivity economy - with this shift has come to a change in organizational forms away from the traditional rigid hierarchies managed through command and control to more fluid and responsive network forms. Yet many business managers still apply old silo management mindsets to new ways of organizing and this legacy of the old economy limits many 'networked' organizations. Are silos a mere product of organizational design? Or is their nature tied to a deeper level: the humankind's nature?

  • The Daily Grinding of IT? Today’s IT organization plays a significant role in the journey of digital transformation, IT needs to be strategic, innovative, forward-thinking, agile, flexible, speedy, and customer-centric. However, every journey starts with the first step, the long-term perspectives come with daily grinding. Think big, and start small. How can IT leaders manage IT with daily best practices, to not just fixing the symptoms, but building its capabilities and making a continuous delivery to achieving the strategic goals and fulfilling the business vision?

  • Three Practices to Scale Up Digital Transformation? Organizations large and small are on the journey of digital transformation. Besides building a set of principles to follow, it’s also important to develop a series of best/next practice to scale up and amplify digital effects. The business practice is always a combination of people and how they are used to doing things based on the set of principles and standards to adapt to changes in the business or technology shift.

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