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IT leadership: Three Strategies to Survive in the Face of Disruption

By Umme Sutarwala - March 14, 2022 3 Mins Read

Enterprises are reminded of the military’s acronym “VUCA” (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity), shorthand for characterizing exactly this kind of challenging situation, as the world gears up itself for an uncertain future with the worldwide pandemic and its economic repercussions.

The corporate world is rapidly changing due to digital disruption. According to a 2019 Deloitte report, “Digital disruption index”, 75% of CEOs feel digital technology is dramatically changing their business due to the rapid growth of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and automation.

Unexpected economic developments, new technologies, demographic shifts, globalization, and other revolutionary forces are igniting business concepts that propelled firms to the pinnacle of their industries.

Here are a few ways for businesses to survive in the midst of digital disruption. 

Don’t change just for the sake of it

It’s hard to compete with every new technology, and attempting to do so would overstretch the IT team. It’s important for businesses to remember that just because something is conceivable does not mean it makes sense. Even if some things that make sense may not comply with current data standards and other legal obligations.

Rather than transforming for the sake of it, enterprises should concentrate on making advancements that will give them a competitive advantage. They must also strive to improve business procedures and raise the value of their products or services. Built-in customer experience metrics, for example, have been demonstrated to increase ROI. In conclusion, organizations must prioritize changes that will lead to a significant and long-term distinction.

Also Read: Six Strategies for IT Leadership to Building Resiliency

Employing data and streamlining business processes

Be proactive by analyzing end-to-end business processes and comparing where the company is now to where it needs to be in the months and years ahead. After the disruption has become the norm, the pandemic emphasized the significance of data and the need to streamline business processes, but those imperatives will not go away when the pandemic is over; in fact, they will become more vital than ever. That’s because cloud maturity is pushing infrastructure commoditization, which means businesses that used to make money by running IT infrastructure are instead focusing on managing business operations leveraging tools and data flow across the company. The organization will be able to solve this and other market disruption-related trends with data. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology, which saw a significant increase in use during the pandemic, will help the organization extract value from data, evaluate user behavior to improve decision-making, and boost agility.

Prefer distributed business models

Single-source computer power for every department is no longer sufficient. The seamless integration of different services is required to successfully leverage new technologies to improve in-house as well as end-user experience. Vendors, partners, suppliers, customers, and others can benefit from cloud-based solutions by increasing their capabilities and convenience.

Remember that data is a company’s most valuable asset. It necessitates a secure, dependable, and efficient method of sharing that data with others, regardless of where they are in the world, all while managing rising IT complexity. 

The importance of self-evaluation cannot be overstated. The tide is turning. Those that can adjust will be rewarded, but those who can disrupt will be rewarded even more. Enterprises should spend in self-evaluation in order to stay competitive. Businesses should not be complacent in the face of change. They will have to compete for the first-mover advantage.

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Umme Sutarwala

Umme Sutarwala is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She is a media graduate with 2+ years of experience in content creation and management. Previously, she has worked with MNCs in the E-commerce and Finance domain

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