The light-speed evolution of digital technology, one of the biggest tasks facing business leaders is to ensure their organisations remain relevant, as competitors use improved technology to win customers and provide more captivating and profitable services.
As people and physical things become increasingly connected digitally, and massive amounts of data are being visualised, analysed, and shared, customers are more critical, and loyalty to brands is fickle—especially if competitors are able to provide a better experience.
In order to stay competitive, business leaders need to ensure their organisations embrace new technologies, which are already digitally transforming their organisation and industry. However, without an accurate foundation of knowledge about their existing IT infrastructure, their technology procurement decisions will always be risky.
Digital Transformation occurs in two ways. Firstly, organisations implement incremental improvements that help parts of the organisation to better perform their fundamental business tasks. Secondly, the organisation completely changes the way it does business—by adjusting its business model or taking advantage of new markets or products—which has the potential to transform the industry and disrupt several others.
All large organisations run complicated IT systems that contain a mix of hardware, software and services from a variety of vendors. Making fundamental changes to any such system can result in unexpected side-effects, complications and costs.
There are extremely serious consequences if digital transformations are not properly managed. Problems generally occur when organisations fixate on specific technologies or attempt to reach the ‘transformed’ state without fully understanding their existing digital landscape. This results in wastefulness, duplication, delays and worse.
In an ideal world, before undertaking a digital transformation, an organisation would audit and map its entire IT system to create a model for predicting how changes in any single component would affect the system as a whole, and how investments in one area of the system would affect productivity and profitability in another area.
This type of audit has been overly complicated and prohibitively expensive—until quite recently.
NEC’s Digital Transformation-as-a-Service is a unique offering that maps every aspect of an IT system to make it transparent from a business point of view.
The service is based on mapping the digital landscape to the ArchiMate standard. Data is imported from all systems while compliance dashboards ensure all the data is present and correct.
This information combined with the business architecture, provides non-technical decision makers with valuable insights. For example, once mapped, financial decision makers can easily compare the total costs for running a particular application, or see which licences need cancelling because of underuse. The maps reveal where the system has spare capacity; they highlight bottlenecks and expose redundancy.
Business leaders no longer have to lose control of the digital transformation because everything is linked through the business layer to both the strategy and any external market drivers. Making procurement decisions based on the maps will result in more predictable outcomes. It’s not a transformation for IT’s sake. It’s a natural evolution to a more connected, more efficient and more powerful organisation.
The foundation of a successful digital transformation is a comprehensive understanding of your current digital landscape and a self-assessment of how prepared you are to face the challenge.
NEC enables transformational journeys to be scoped out, quantified, procured and tracked to completion. Never before has undertaking and governing a transformation journey been so accessible and easy to consume.>