The rapid pace of digital transformation has helped enterprises to continue their businesses intact. But, its current speed is also having a negative impact on IT teams that have to keep pace with the disruptive environment.
Digital transformation has come as a savior for almost all enterprises across the globe. It has helped businesses sustain their operations in one of the most disruptive economic crises humanity has witnessed. But, the cost of keeping the business intact comes at the price of the IT teams who are under a lot of pressure and have to deal with the changing business environment.
Even though the IT teams are the backbone of a successful digital transformation, experts believe most IT leaders are guilty of overlooking their workforce. Hence, CIOs must approach the changes in an inclusive, thoughtful manner that considers every process, business unit and staff member within an enterprise. This will help to better develop strategies that can help IT teams to maintain their pace as well as ease out the extra-burden.
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Today the role of IT has evolved beyond only fixing things. As they have become a key part of an enterprise, CIOs must collaborate with their counterparts to build digital solutions and interoperable platforms.
All the departments and respective teams must be clear on their business products and objectives to avoid cross-functional, unnecessary investment and drive innovation. By prioritizing projects that emphasize cross-functional collaboration makes it straightforward for all departments to allocate resources and choose projects that promise great value for the enterprise.
A survey conducted by McKinsey Global showed that 87% of enterprise leaders are experiencing or expecting skill gaps in their workforce in the next few years. Also, not even 50% of executives are clear on how to deal with the skill gap crisis.
To bridge the skill gap, IT leaders must identify future skills requirements that focus on increasing investments in skill acquisition, improving and enhancing access to quality training resources for supporting tomorrow’s skills. They need to develop an agile skills development system that can quickly adapt to changing market conditions. This will help to fuel and lay a foundation for lifelong learning culture.
To successfully help the workforce adapt to digital transformation, CIOs must implement the adaptive design and agile execution methodologies. This ensures that the workforce is not stuck somewhere and is moving, failing and adjusting to the changes quickly. Furthermore, the adaptive design also helps with the transformation strategy and resource allocation that can be adjusted over time, including talent allocation, a key factor for the success of the transformation.
By implementing agile execution practices, CIOs can encourage risk-taking and collaboration between various departments. However, they must also welcome any changes required with open arms.
Automation and Security
One of the major concerns surrounding digital transformation is efficiency and mitigating the impact of cyber threats. By integrating automation and advanced cybersecurity tools, enterprises can seamlessly achieve these crucial factors. Since there is no shortage of such tools in today’s market, enterprises can assess their requirements and easily succeed in their digital transformation journey.
Digital transformation is making waves in today’s economic crisis. IT teams have been at the forefront to help drive their success. However, it is time for CIOs to support IT, teams, and digital transformation disruption and collaborate with their peers to participate in the transformation process.