Knowing that digital transformation is not only a technological shift, but an organizational change at the intersection of technology, business and people, such reflection must take into account countless possibilities.
The CEO drives digital transformation
The data now shows that more digitally mature organizations now definitively have the CEO leading it (41 percent, up from 22 percent) versus the CIO (now just 16 percent, down from 23 percent), but mostly have to do with digital transformation now being one of the top priorities of the business as a whole.
Increasing education, skill building, and culture change for Digital transformation
Because of the focus on the technology components, the people-side of the changes required for digital transformation often go under-addressed, yet arguably are the key success factors. That’s because the people in the organization have to carry out the digital transformation, yet are often inadequately equipped to do so from a skill, culture, mindset, inclination, and talent perspective.
Addressing missed leadership communications opportunities
Digital transformation is a team sport that requires everyone interested and able to execute on the vision of a more digitally responsive and engaged organization surrounded by its rich and growing digital ecosystem. In 2019 with their communications efforts with growing help from their corporate comms, though digital leaders on the ground can greatly help as well through bottom-up education and reverse mentoring.
AI-Driven Development and Digital leadership
The first guide discussed how business leaders and CTOs understand artificial intelligence; and how they define the technology in the context of business. Opinions ranged from AI being just an algorithm, to a spectrum of technologies that are already active in everyday life.
Better strategic organization and posture of enterprise data
One of the major issues holding back many initiatives, and some may even call it a form of technical debt, is the inconsistent, fragmented, duplicated, and siloed data landscape in the typical enterprise.
Harvard Business Review Analytic Services said:
“Leaders—those 15% who describe their organization as adept at leveraging data from diverse sources—are not immune from these inhibitors, but change-driving leadership, higher levels of funding, and advantageous relationships are helping them to navigate the process.”
Digital transformation is here. Is your organization prepared to keep up?
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