Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Monthly “IT Innovation” Book Tuning: Lead Design-Driven IT Dec. 2019

To digitize businesses and unlock business potential, it's important to leverage design thinking for improving business maturity from functioning to firm to delight.

Within abundant information and emergent digital technologies, IT is a key component of holistic business mindset to re-imagine “what is possible” - unleashing business potentials and improving business efficiency, effectiveness, agility, and maturity. The art of possible to reinvent IT in the digital age is to deliver the value of information in helping businesses grow, delight customers and doing more with innovation.

      Lead Design-Driven IT 

Running Design-Led Digital IT IT continues to grow in importance to organizations, both operationally and as a competitive advantage, it plays a pivotal role in orchestrating the business’s digital transformation. Design Thinking is a unique path of pursuing innovation. Digital CIOs need to wear their design thinking hat to tap the creative side of IT. The strategic objective of design thinking can fundamentally change organizations, build a strong brand, improve the overall organizational maturity and make the societal impact.

Leverage Design Factors to Reinvent IT A digital organization starts with a transcendent purpose that leads to a unique natural design, a design most fit to achieve the purpose of businesses. IT is the linchpin of the business’s digital transformation. It could be necessary to reinvent IT by applying Design Thinking and asking tough questions: What factors drive the restructuring or IT innovation? How is the structure of your IT department aligned with the organization? Do you allow room for adjustments, keeping it dynamic, and how can you leverage design factors to improve IT maturity from functioning to firm to delight?

The CIO’s Digital Formulas to Guide Digitalization II Technology is pervasive and the information is abundant nowadays, business initiatives and digital transformation today nearly always involve some form of technology implementation or information analysis. IT is an engineering discipline, but adding more enriched digital context for the paradigm shift. Can CIOs take the scientific approach, figure out the digital formulas to lead changes, manage IT-business alignment and relationship, optimize processes and leverage design thinking to run a people-centric digital organization?

Design Thinking and Innovation Digital is the age of options, it provides the opportunity to think of a new way to do things. It forces digital leaders to get really creative on how they could leverage design thinking to architect and implement changes and how they handle the investigation of developing innovative business solutions in a structural way. Design becomes a strategic business driver equal to business and technology. In practice, many legacy businesses come with a legacy mindset, the old way to do things, lack of vision, passion, motivation, and talent to stimulate design thinking and spark innovation. In reality, very few companies can arrive at the top level of design maturity. To digitize businesses and unlock business potential, it's important to leverage design thinking for improving business maturity from functioning to firm to delight.

Design-Driven Digital Organization Modern organizations have their own sophistication with silo functions, the sea of information, and the pool of talents. Design = forming human-made products or services to be pleasing and preferred by people. Design lifts up the organizational maturity from functioning to firm to delight.

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