“Digital” Transformation

transformationMany folks are talking about the ‘digital’ transformation that is happening across many industries and businesses today.  These folks mention digital transformation as if its something new or different than any other transformation project that companies have had to undergo through their lifetimes.

Last week I read a post titled “Why most digital transformation projects will fail (and how to make sure yours doesn’t)” written by Martin Gill, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research.   Martin provides a very good overview of why he believes most digital transformations will fail (and I agree wholeheartedly with everything he writes).

The interesting thing about Martin’s article is that he doesn’t focus on the ‘digital’ aspect of the transformation. This is significant because transformation isn’t really anything new. Companies have had to transform their business models or they’ve died.  Digital transformation is nothing special olr new…its just another change that companies have to undergo to remain competitive.

They key for ensuring a successful transformation of any kind is proper change management. Whether that transformation is a digital transformation or the ‘next’ transformation to come along, if you can’t implement a well managed and properly planned change management project, your transformation project will fail.

At the end of his article, Martin gives his advice for ensuring your digital transformation project succeeds. He writes:

The way organizations have been planning and managing large-scale change is no longer fit for purpose.

We need a new approach. An iterative, customer-centric, and agile approach. One in which your digital strategy is engaging, easily consumable by all your key stakeholders, compelling, and, above all, responsive to the inevitable change we all face.

Notice that he leads off by stating that the key priority for ensuring success is a quality change management approach.  He doesn’t talk about getting buy-in for ‘digital’ or some other topic…he talks about the importance of change management.

If you want to ensure your digital transformation project (or any other transformation project) succeeds, make sure you have a good idea in how to enact change within your organization. Without proper change management, any transformation you undertake is doomed to failure.

Links for November 8 2009

Intuition vs. Data-Driven Decision-Making: Some Rough Ideas by Bob Sutton on Bob Sutton – Work Matters

CIO and the Art of Decision Making by Arun Manansingh on A CIO’s Voice

Before you can truly talk about Change Management, you have to focus on achieving clear vision by Olivier Blanchard on The BrandBuilder Blog

The 5 Secret Characteristics Of A Truly Great CIO by Dr. Jim Anderson on The Accidental Successful CIO

Where Measurement Falls Short by Amber Naslund on Altitude Branding

IT Strategies for Rising Markets by Vince Kellen on The Cutter Blog

Why Stories are an Effective Communication Tool for Your Blog by Darren Rowse on ProBlogger Blog Tips

Use Humility to Improve Performance by John Baldoni on HarvardBusiness.org

The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something from Zen Habits by Leo Babauta

Is “social product management” for real? by Tom Grant on The Forrester Blog For Technology Product Management & Marketing Professionals

The value of IT exists over time not at a point in time by Mark McDonald on the Gartner Blog Network

Enterprise 2.0 Caffeine: Let’s Debunk the Non-Debate by Mark Fidelman on CloudAve

When Should You Let an Employee Make a Mistake? by Peter Bregman on HarvardBusiness.org

Balancing Anticipation and Adaptation by Mike Cohn on Mike Cohn’s Blog – Succeeding With Agile®

Two Powerful Words: I NOTICE by Angela Maiers on Angela Maiers Educational Services

The Intersection Of Quality And Expectations by Jono Bacon on [email protected]

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Doctorate Pursuit – Year 1

The first year of my doctorate program is done!

Actually…I finished my last course about a month ago but with the Fall 2008 semester starting next week, I figured I should claim the First Year is complete.

During the first year I took five courses:

  • INFS 614 – Introduction to Research
  • INFS 720 – Systems Analysis and Design
  • INFS 724 – Project & Change Management
  • INFS 834 – Knowledge Management
  • INFS 730 – Programming for Ecommerce

The Project & Change Management course had me worried (joke!)….i was a little upset that I would have to take the course but it turned out ok…I got 45 PDU’s for my PMP continuing education out of it.

The Fall 2008 Semester finds me taking some interesting courses.   They are:

  • INFS 805 – Design Research Methods
  • Summary: The course develops skills needed for conducting research whose aim is to invent methods and techniques that make information systems more effective and efficient. Students will also acquire skills in developing research proposals that follow the design research paradigm and will learn how to publish such research.
  • INFS 830 – Decision Support Systems
  • Summary: The primary objective of this course is to introduce students to the concepts, techniques and applications of computer-based decision support systems. The course covers issues pertaining to the design, history, theory, practice, methods and techniques, new developments, and applications of computing technologies to support decision processes and decision-making by individuals, groups and organizations

It should be fun!  Look for more info from me as the semester unfolds.  Feel free to check out my Academic page for more info on my progress and/or the Doctor of Science program at Dakota State University.

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