Monday, July 29, 2019

The Monthly “Change Agent CIO” Book Tuning: Running IT as Digital Catalyst July 2019

Forward-looking organizations are empowering their IT leaders to lead proactively and take advantage of lightweight digital technology to catalyze digital transformation.

Change is inevitable, organizational change has become a common practice within an organization, but too often changes are made as a reaction to outer impulses, crisis, and demands. This is the bureaucracy’s way of meeting the challenges. A digital transformation is achieved via dynamic Strategy-Execution-Change life cycle management, though it is not all linear steps, but an iterative, ongoing and up-going change continuum. What are digital CIO’s profiles and how to reboot IT to get digital ready and cultivate the culture of learning and innovating?

      

 Running IT as Digital Catalyst 



Running IT as Digital Catalyst Digital is the new normal with “VUCA” characteristics. Digital transformation represents a break from the past, with a high level of impact and complexity. Digital transformation efforts need to be undertaken as the means of digging into the underlying functions and processes and building a differentiated set of capabilities to accomplish well-defined strategic goals. Otherwise, they cannot have a clear focus and business rationale that is essential to gaining any traction in changing an embedded culture. With information as the lifeblood of the business, and technology is often the disruptive force behind changes. IT can no longer just hide in the corner to play the background music only, IT needs to catalyze changes and orchestrate the digital transformation, and help the company move up to the next level of business maturity.

Running Lightweight Digital IT to Catalyze Digital Transformation Organizations large or small are on the journey of digital transformation. Literally, digital transformation is to radically change the nature of something. So digital transformation is a radical change of business, leverage digital technologies to renovate business processes, innovate organizational culture, reinvent digital leadership, reimagine the new possibilities and unleash the full business potential of the company. Forward-looking organizations are also empowering their IT leaders to lead proactively and take advantage of lightweight digital technology to catalyze digital transformation.

Can CIOs Become Digital Catalyst With faster-paced changes, the exponential growth of information, and continuous disruptions often caused by technologies, the businesses are looking to IT for leadership around the competitive application of information & technology in a rapidly changing market. The role of modern CIO as the digital catalyst is to identify and blend the ways that information and technology can assist and shape the high-performance business by linking all digital aspects together to create business synergy.

Is your IT Organization a Digital Catalyst or Digital Laggard? IT is on the big shift to transform from a cost center to a business value creator, from a help desk to a growth engine; IT should devote more attention to what organizations really care about - managing information to capture insight and foresight, putting technology to business advantage. However, there is a gap between the aspirations of what IT could do to the business versus what the current IT “mentality” and capability within the respective IT department is capable of providing and enabling. How can IT close communication and capability gaps, and what is the focal point to run IT as the digital catalyst and improve its effectiveness, agility, and innovativeness?

CIOs as Chief Insight Officer: How to Run IT from a Controller to a Digital Catalyst Due to the accelerating speed of changes and exponential growth of information, IT running in an industrial mode as a business controller or a restraint only no longer fits in the dynamic business circumstances or volatile digital new normal. Forward-looking companies are empowering their IT organization to lead changes and drive digital transformation. But more specifically, how to run IT with the growth mentality and digital speed? How to improve IT organization's maturity from a support function to a digital catalyst?

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