Friday, January 11, 2019

The Monthly “Digital Maturity” Book Tuning: The Multitude of Digitial Maturity Jan. 2019

Digital makes a significant impact on every aspect of the business from people, process to technology, both horizontally and vertically. The digitalization flattens the organizational hierarchy and blurs the functional, organizational and geographical borders in the business ecosystem. It is like the gigantic puzzle with many misplaced pieces, you have to put them all in the right places to discover the real meaning and unleash its full potential. You cannot make a true digital paradigm shift without an in-depth understanding of the digital interconnectivity and embracing the multitude of digital maturity.

The Multitude of Digitial Maturity  

Five Aspects of Digital Maturity Organizations are transforming from doing digital to being digital. There are systemic consequences and impacts of thinking and actions in terms of digital interconnections and interdependency. At the higher maturity level, companies need to embed digital into the very fabric of the business, explore digital in a structural way. It is critical to build a comprehensive transformation roadmap and do the routine checkup in the journey of digital transformation to ensure they are moving in the right direction with steadfast speed.

Creative Maturity Creativity is the ability to figure out the better way to solve or attempt to problems. It is a mental process which results in an action that tests a possible solution. It is our creative mind that sets us apart from the animal kingdom and has given us the technology to improve our lives and make collective human progress. Creative people are inspired to think and work nearly every day on creating, they are not waiting for such “Aha” moment, but proactively stimulate the new energy of fresh thinking and improve their creative maturity via continuous practices.

The Long-Jump to Reach IT Maturity? IT continues to grow in importance to organizations, both operationally and as a competitive advantage. However, the majority of IT organizations still get stuck at the lower level of maturity, running as a reactive order taker, and being perceived as a cost center and support function. IT organizations can be either leading or supporting, depending on the maturity of the organization and the vision of top leaders. If the organization does not take advantage of or expect the IT department to innovate, initiate change or drive digital transformation, and then in the age of the digital era, IT is unlikely to be delivering the premium solutions for its customers and achieving higher-than-expected results to shareholders.

Three Questions to Assess a Person’s Professional Maturity? Nowadays businesses become over complex and hyper-competitive, and the digital workforces today are multigenerational, multicultural and multi-geographical, the work is no longer just the place where you go, but the tasks you accomplish and the vision you fulfill. Therefore, professional maturity is the required quality for digital leaders and professionals to show emotional maturity, intellectual maturity and bring wisdom to the workplace for building a high mature digital organization. What are a set of good questions to assess a person’s professional maturity, though?

Enforcing Three Fundamental Business Factors for Improving Business Maturity? Forward-looking organizations are reaching the inflection point from doing digital to being digital, from being digitally disrupted to be a digital disrupter. Digital Maturity matters, because digital transformation discipline is not just about some stand-alone initiatives, it requires a vision for 'WHY' and a solid strategy for "WHAT" and "HOW" you want to transform radically. Companies are gradually opening up to the next practice to enforce digital ways and build up digital competency with a set of unique capabilities. More specifically, how to enforce these fundamental elements of the business: People, process, and technology, in order to expedite change and improve business maturity.

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