By: Gideon Malherbe, VCI Founding Partner
Have you been putting off formalizing your digital transformation? Do you intend to start managing your digital efforts better, but keep getting distracted by putting out fires? Here’s a quick and easy way to kickstart your digital transformation.
Do a Digital Intensity Assessment
VCI’s Digital Intensity Assessment measures where you stand with your IoT infrastructure, how well it’s linked to business processes and how digital your people are working. It then looks at your data architecture to give you a pretty specific picture of what you have. It’s a great way to break out of that everlasting fractured noise about different projects, each with its seemingly impossible-to-overcome dependencies. It’s especially good when there’s a team involved. Once you have your assessment results, arrange a quick meeting to have everyone appreciate the current situation and discuss future opportunities and risks.
Compare Actual to Existing Opportunities
With the noise and confusion taken out of your actual position, think through what could be done and discuss why it wasn’t done. You will be surprised at the answers you get. Soon, you’ll be thinking about your digital strategy, target areas, new business processes, structures, and production possibilities. I’m amazed at how much of business, and the digital planning process, pivots around the shift from “pushing” what we’ve got to “pulling” what we should.
Identify Top 10 Opportunities
Funny how much time goes by at most businesses where managers know what should happen, but they just don’t get to it this year. Once the team ideates and lists the top digital priorities, the analysts can get to work on the economics and risk assessments. This provides a clear business plan for your digital transformation. Here we include the requisite changes in business processes, the management operating model and even role changes. The role discussion is critical because you cross a tipping point once you see the changes in decision-authorities.
Build Your Roadmap
You have the business plans and know what you can afford and what the risks are. The roadmap discussion is all about a well thought through digital transformation plan. As everyone in the game is saying, it’s not about the technology – it’s about your organization – the people and systems absorb the technology into behaviors and processes that fundamentally change your production numbers.
So where do you start? How do you ensure optimum involvement? How do you link training with installation?
VCI’s Digital Intensity Assessment is the first step in answering all of these questions and identifying all the transformation elements necessary for an accelerated digital deployment.
Congratulations, you’re on your way to a high performance work environment!
Gideon Malherbe, VCI Founding Partner