Monday, March 6, 2017

The Monthly Foresight: Tuning lT Organization to Get Digital Ready

IT should tune its own organizational structure to improve its effectiveness and optimize processes and structures of the entire business to get digital ready.

The new paradigm that is emerging is one as a Living Organization or Digital Workplace, which is organic, alive, holistic, vibrant, energetic, responsive, fluid, creative and innovative, in a relationship with its environment/customers/ suppliers, and above all enhances and supports the dignity of the creative human spirit. Due to the unique position for IT to oversee the underlying functions and process of the entire business, IT should tune its own organizational structure to improve its effectiveness and optimize processes and structures of the entire business to get digital ready.

Three Digital Tuning to Rejuvenate IT Organization: With the increasing speed of change and exponential growth of information, the overly restricted hierarchical organizations are no longer effective enough to adapt to the changes and keep information flow seamlessly, because speed is a key imperative these days and “silo” mentality as a product of rigid hierarchy hinders flexibility and agility. People, process, and technology, how to fine-tune those key business elements to rejuvenate IT and the company as a whole to improve its effectiveness, responsiveness, and maturity?

A Hybrid IT: IT plays a significant role in modern businesses today, it touches almost every key business processes, especially with the trend of SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud), IT consumerization. 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?.

Running a Future-Driven IT Organization to Catalyze Growth Organizations large or small are at the digital journey, corporate IT needs to shift from a back office support center to a future-driven growth engine. Because more often information is the lifeblood and technology is the disruptive force of digital transformation.

How do you know when it's time for an Organizational Re-Design? Dysfunction, infighting, overlapping roles, and inefficiencies are not always easy to uncover. It takes processes, methodology, and practices to identify the causes of IT ineffectiveness and inefficiency,. CIOs as Chief Improvement Officer: How do you know when it’s time for an organizational re-design?

Three Considerations in Reinvent IT Organizational Structure? Many IT organizations or enterprise as a whole intend to reinvent their “stale” working environment with the 20th culture symptoms, such as bureaucracy, inertia to change, rewarding mediocrity, homogeneous leadership & talent team, over-complex business processes, inefficient communication pipelines, etc. However, reinventing organizational structure is not an easy task, it takes both strategic planning and operational alignment to make it work and improve overall organizational maturity.

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