5 Essential Actions for Digital Transformation
In the race to embrace the opportunities presented to us by the Cloud and digital technologies, it’s easy to forget that digital transformation is a process – and like any process, there are key components that are critical for success. Here are 5 essential actions to achieve your digital transformation goals.
Know your goals and decide your strategy
What do you want to achieve? What business outcomes are expected from your different digital initiatives? Are they quantifiable? How will you measure them? Once you know what you want to achieve, you can set about deciding how best to achieve it. Too often when we talk to customers, we find that a strategy for a digital business is rarely in place. Either that, or there are multiple conflicting strategies in different parts of the organisation as each pursues its own digital vision.
Plan your strategy
Validating and streamlining strategy and understanding its impact on current and future capabilities will help you set the course for you digital journey. Good planning is essential to achieve your vision. It not only gives you a tool to align different goals and get buy-in from different stakeholders, but it gives you a focus while you adjust to and manage inevitable changes along the way.
Digital initiatives can arise from various parts of the organisation and at various times – or more often than not, at the same time. So it’s essential to gain an understanding of all existing programs and projects that use digital solutions. Assessing them from different perspectives such as business value, architectural impact and risk involved will help you make informed decisions on which projects to prioritise, right down to which ones to stop.
Streamline your IT
One of the most common obstacles to transforming organisations into competitive digital businesses is the lack of IT agility. The source of the problem is usually legacy – an IT infrastructure that’s been created by decades of shifting strategies, different trends and organisational change. Duplication, redundancy and lack of standardisation are all symptoms. To pave the way for IT agility this legacy needs to be tackled and IT streamlined, reducing the number of different technologies in place while promoting the new technologies that will form the basis of your digital business.
Accelerate delivery with bimodal
In an environment where speed and agility are essential for survival, digital products and services need to adapt and update regularly and reliably. IT departments have to embrace “build for change” rather than “build to last”. But the speed of change required isn’t the same for every area of the business, and making the entire organisation agile at exactly the same time isn’t practical. One solution for delivering agility where it’s needed is to use a bimodal delivery approach, i.e. a traditional and an agile mode. From an IT perspective this means understanding which parts of the business are a priority, and restructuring IT accordingly to deliver agility to those areas without any negative impact on the rest of the IT portfolio.
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Pre Sales Director, Nordic