Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Monthly “CIO Master” Book Tuning: IT Assessment and Maturity 2019

To keep IT relevant, CIOs are expected to make an objective SWOT assessment of their organization and build differentiated IT competencies.

Compared to the other executive positions, the CIO role continues to be shaken up, refined, reinvented and reenergized. The magic “I” of the CIO title sparks many imaginations and modern CIOs need to wear different hats and play multiple roles. Here are a set of blogs for IT leaders to make an objective IT management assessment and reinvent IT to get digital ready.


 IT Assessment and Maturity

Three Aspects of Digital IT Assessment As businesses embark on the “Digital Era” of computing and managing, IT assessment is a great way to help identify what is right and wrong in your environment and how you can keep optimizing processes, improving management discipline, and leveraging limited resources and time to “Do more with innovation.” IT assessment should cover people, processes, products, and partners and should be performed objectively to remove any bias or tunnel vision from internal staff members, with the goal to accelerate IT performance and lift organizational maturity.

Understand and Build IT Strength from Three Dimensions The digital organization is complex, informative, hyper-connected and interdependent, Digital IT is at a paradigm shift of role, responsibility, and attitude. To keep IT relevant, CIOs are expected to constantly propose new ideas and challenge the status quo. They need to make an objective SWOT assessment of their organization and build differentiated IT competencies. Here are three aspects of understanding and building IT strength.

How to Improve IT Performance via Objective Assessment Many IT organizations are at the inflection point for digital transformation, they are also reinventing themselves from a cost center to a value-added business partner, and continue to improve IT efficiency, effectiveness, and agility. Therefore, making an objective IT assessment helps IT management to diagnose the early signal for dysfunctional IT, as well as help to take a critical look at IT strengths and weakness, in order to move up its overall maturity.

Leverage “SWOT” to Assess IT Organizational Maturity "SWOT" as a strong instrumental analytics tool, in particular, helps an organization put a category (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) to certain characteristics of the organization, giving them relevance in a strategy management processes. Nowadays, IT plays a critical role in driving digital transformation. IT managers can do a “SWOT” analysis for their functional area to make an objective organizational assessment. It’s a great tool that helps managers ask the right questions, answer them systematically, and understand them in context. Because opportunities and threats cannot exist without a context of interaction, especially in today’s digital dynamic.

How to Gauge the Success of IT Digital Transformation As businesses embark on the “Digital Era” of computing and managing, the digital has become ’normality,’ and almost everyone now feels at ease with digital technology, but also feels a bit overwhelming about the exponential growth of information. As the steward of information and technology in the organization, IT is always in the changing environment creating unexpected situations and requiring quick and appropriate responses based on the conditions. So how to shift IT from the reactive support function to a proactive digital engine of the company? And How to gauge the success of IT digital transformation?

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