Friday, September 28, 2018

The Monthly “Digital Master” Book Tuning: Shaping a Digital Organization Sep. 2018

The abundance of information and the unprecedented digital convenience brought by powerful technologies changes the way we think, live, and work.

Digital makes a significant impact on every aspect of the business from people, process to technology, both horizontally and vertically. Digital becomes the very fabric of high performing business, being outside-in and customer-centric is the new mantra for forward-looking and high mature digital organizations today. Digital Master refers to those high-performing, highly innovative and high-mature (less than 15%) digital organizations; they have both clear digital vision and well-crafted digital strategy; they are courageous to be in the vanguard of digital transformation with a quantum lead. Digital leaders must realize that you cannot wait until there is an immediate pressing task, continuous adaptability is necessary in an ever-changing world, in order to run a future-driven digital organization.

           Shaping a Digital Organization

The Emerging Trends as Digital Shaper In the world where change is significantly speeding up, organizations large or small are jumping into the digital future of “VUCA” new normal –volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Business leaders couldn’t predict the future with a certain degree of accuracy. The business strategy can no longer stay static, and the business goals can no longer be well framed in advance. The emergent trends can shape the behavior of future enterprises and some have been happening already. How can digital leaders predict those trends, proactively influence changes and gain the long-term business advantages?

How to Leverage System Understanding to Managing Change and Tunning Digital Organization? Everything is all connected. There is flexibility, abstraction, and pliability in the concept of a system and system of systems. Businesses are systems. The digital organization is a complex ecosystem with the blurring line between functions, organizations, and geographic locations. To understand the digital business or the world as a complex adaptive system requires an understanding of how the things have come together, being 'built,” as well as how to leverage the system understanding for fine-tuning the business to get digital ready.

See Through” Digital From Different Angles? Due to the “VUCA” nature of the business dynamic, information is growing exponentially, the business complexity is unavoidable, technology disruptions are inevitable, and digital transformation is unstoppable. Insightful leaders and professionals with strong “digital awareness” can smell the differences, sense emergent opportunities, predict potential risks, see-through digital from different angles, and ride above the learning curve to make a smooth digital paradigm shift. On the opposite, the organizational management's short-sightedness, silo, and running the business in a transactional mode cause digital ineffectiveness in the long run.

Five “C”haracteristics of Digital IT Organization? The abundance of information and the unprecedented digital convenience brought by powerful technologies changes the way we think, live, and work. Information Technology is now permeating into every corner of the business, impacting every business unit, and it's becoming the driver of changes and digitalization. Thus, digital IT leaders have to reinvent IT organization from a support function to the trustful business partner with the following five "C"haracteristics.

Take a Fast Track of Going Digital? Digitalization implies the full-scale changes in the way the business is conducted. The organizations that have hit the heights of success in the digital world aren’t those that have determinedly followed the old models and ways of thinking or industry best practices; it’s those that have forged a new path and develop their own next practices to move forward. To take a fast track of going digital, it’s necessary for companies to perform an organizational change impact assessment to understand the current state factors, and then, determine what the impacts, risks, and challenges of any proposed change are. The bigger the change initiative is, the more important to take these into account early rather than late in order to lead change steadfastly.?

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Digitalization is all over our businesses, I'm sure all of us entrepreneurs can see it clearly. But instead of being worried about it, let's just go with the flow and adapt our companies to modern times :) A good erp system - enterprise resource planning could be the first step.

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