We’ve been living with the “IT Transformation” phrase for quite a while. I remember hearing and reading about how IT groups were ‘transforming’ themselves from what they used to be to what they needed to be in the future.
The problem that I’ve found with transformation is that we’re usually too busy ‘transforming’ ourselves and teams rather than focused on the business issues of the day. There’s no question that transformation had to occur in the past and has to occur today and into the future. We have to find a way to focus on the ‘new’ technologies and solutions while at the same time keeping in mind the business value these changes bring.
The transformation of IT is a necessity. Always has been and always will be. That said, don’t let a focus on ‘transformation’ take up so much of your time and energy that you forget to actually deliver value to the business.
The key to managing the ever-changing IT landscape is to make sure you and your team remain agile and ready for change. Staying agile makes it easier for you and your team to deliver the value your organization needs today and that they will need tomorrow.
If you focus on transforming your team to be where you need to be next year, you might find yourself (and team) behind the curve when it comes to being ready to deliver business value 2 years from now.