Previously, IT played a more of a supporting role; swooping in to save team members when they were locked out of their accounts or fine-tuning network access protocols. This is changing. A recent McKinsey survey revealed that many executives expect IT to play a more integrated role in driving business results. Roughly 80 percent or respondents say that business and technology should collaborate on digital strategy in the future. Going forward, IT leaders will have a leading position in shaping the future decisions of a company.
A recent study by 451 Research reveals that over half of companies currently have an IT transformation initiative underway. IT transformation looks different at different companies, but essentially it is about incorporating current digital trends such as cloud-based IT models and DevOps practices.
The words ‘digital transformation’ can be heard everywhere. Constantly mentioned in business context, it may seem as if digital transformation is here to overthrow entire industries. At LeanIX, we view digital transformation as an important tool to redefine your business and catapult your organization swiftly into the digital age.
What exactly is digital transformation, and what has been its effect on Enterprise Architecture?
Digital transformation is changing all aspects of our world. From spurring various IT initiatives, to fully integrating communication, to changing the way we use our personal devices at home.
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The role of digital technology fundamentally enables innovation and disruption. Absolutely no industry is shielded from digital transformation.
The taxi industry has been proliferated by Uber, the hospitality industry has been shaken up by Airbnb, Netflix has blown the movie-rental industry out of the water, and the music industry swiftly changed models from CDs to streaming thanks to applications like Spotify and Pandora.
More and more companies are seeing the benefit of moving to the cloud, and for good reason. Cloud technology offers many benefits to better suit agile enterprises to spearhead digital transformation and keep their company competitive in the ever changing business environment.
It is imperative to design an agile IT architecture to prepare for fast-paced changes in the business landscape. Digital transformation has brought forth a need to be hyper respondent to the needs of our customers - which include rapid deployment of innovative products, services, and software.
Nowadays IT works at an amazing pace, releasing one application after another to increase the customer's experience, but as soon as they think they are near their goal, their IT architecture fails them and they must start again from scratch. The integration of legacy systems into the digital world means that one must resource to a lot of new measures, making this task very tedious…thus, no company should deceive itself (and its employees) into thinking that a new IT architecture can be built from nothing to get ahead in the digital age.
- Build strong, lasting coalitions.
- Focus on business value early on.
- Don’t condemn change - embrace it.