In this episode, we will cover five key priorities that an organization’s CIO or CTO should focus on to smooth their organization’s digital transformation efforts.
* Creating a vision for the new digital platform: As CIOs play an instrumental role toward an enterprise’s digital transformation, accordingly they should also define the vision for their new digital-enabled enterprise. We know, for example, that more than offering one off digital products and services, a digital organization is realized through a larger digital ecosystem, which extends beyond the walls of the enterprise to include customers, suppliers, government regulators, and other stakeholders and partners. This ecosystem is built on digital platforms that in turn is built through various digital technologies. Building this larger ecosystem through the integration of internal systems and other digital platforms sometimes can take years and thus requires a coherent vision that the CIO must define and communicate to all parties. The vision of this platform should be sound and far reaching to support adoption of future technologies as well. Also, as the number of mergers and acquisitions have become common to adopt new business models, an organization’s digital platform should be versatile to absorb such changes.
In the context of building the right vision for an organization’s digital platform, we know that in today’s economy and digital markets an organization either creates its own digital platform to deliver digital services for its ecosystem members or uses an external digital platform to deliver its services. For example, GE has built its Predix platform to provide maintenance for its equipment that it sells to customers worldwide. It’s able to use that platform to provide services and has proved to be a major source of value for the organization. Other organizations such as Amazon have built a retail selling platform that it has opened to businesses to enable them sell their products and services through the Amazon platform. Thousands of businesses are successful due to selling on this platform. Similarly, almost every industry has organizations that have built successful digital platforms to provide services to their customers. So, part of defining a digital vision for its organization, a CIO will have to define their organization’s vision for either the development of new digital platforms or integration with ecosystems and the organization’s future position relative to that ecosystem and digital platform.
To ensure that the vision doesn’t sound as a wish or a dream, CIOs must embark on a transformation program and create and communicate a roadmap that shows the planned and progressive realization toward the new digital enterprise. The transformation roadmap should focus on all three dimension of people, process as well as technology along with working with all other stakeholders.
* Use of analytics for business insights: The use of analytics within the enterprise has evolved to become a vital strategic tool and its use for getting business insights and making critical decisions is expected to exponentially increase over the next few years. The challenge for CIOs will be to use data and analytics effectively in all areas of the enterprise and to identify new customers and new sources of revenue, as well as understand existing customer needs and organization’s internal strengths and weaknesses. All in all, strategic use of analytics can transform the complete chain extending from customer facing systems to backend systems and processes. In fact, the use of analytics in all aspects of the enterprise will be so widespread and integral to an organization’s success that CIOs should define the vision for a larger analytics ecosystem and platform that can enable business insights at all levels of the enterprise. Whe