5 tips for successful Digital Transformation

By Jacob Formann, Partner - Queensland, Business Aspect

Someone once said that if you are not changing faster than the world around you, you are going backwards. At this time of year, it’s good to be able to step back from the routine juggle of business-as-usual to reflect and re-imagine what we need to do to innovate and grow.

In the last 12 months I have seen a growing number of clients invest in planning and delivering their digital strategy.  I feel optimistic when I see executive management leading or being heavily involved with these transformation projects, and that creative thinking and innovation are welcomed inputs to these initiatives.  We have seen Customer Relationship, Case Management and Process Management platforms mature and often selected ahead of traditional Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) applications due to their flexibility and potential to offer benefits beyond immediate business needs.

As a consultant I spend my time advising on and delivering change programs, and one thing I have learnt is that whilst innovation is hard, executing change is harder.  So as we settle back into our post summer work routines what can we do to put the CIO and CDO firmly at the helm of organisation change and prepare for whatever 2017 might bring.

Position IT as a partner in the business. Too often IT strategy is dictated by end users demand for a specific technology.  Learn how you can rebalance your IT strategy to position IT as partner in the business, rather than an order taker.

Create transparency and establish capacity and a baseline. Assessing capability maturity helps organisations understand and deal with gaps that exist between their current state and the achievement of organisational goals.

Create a culture of success. You know the performance of employees is THE key factor in the success of your organisation – but do you know how to understand and measure that? Check out the SMartE tool for measuring organisational intelligence.

Rethink your security. Aligning security planning with organisational change and culture principles is key to delivering effective cybersecurity management.  

Build a foundation for digital transformation using Enterprise Architecture (EA). EA provides clarity for decision making around IT projects.  Hear how Melbourne Water stood up an EA practice in 11 months.

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