Assert IT’s Relevance During Digital Transformations

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Without an understanding of IT’s role in digital and a plan to execute that role:

  • The CIO loses out on the digital domain to other organizational leaders as IT gets pushed into a support role to “keep the lights on.”
  • Digital initiatives do not achieve their full potential, meaning the business loses a competitive advantage to companies that do involve IT in digital.

With an understanding of IT’s role in digital and a plan to execute that role:

  • There is a concrete and clear plan of how IT is going to contribute to digital and why.
  • The business understands the value IT adds to digital and is more willing to accept requests for additional resources.

Module 1: Create a Digital Definition

The Purpose

  • Create a common definition of digital so that the organization can work toward common goals.
  • Define IT’s role in digital to find out how IT should contribute to those goals.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • The foundation for IT to deliver business value through digital is set up.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Review digital strategy.
1.2 Discuss definition of digital.
  • Definition of digital for your organization
1.3 Determine IT’s digital role.
  • IT’s role in digital
1.4 Clarify IT’s digital goals.

Module 2: Understand the Current State

The Purpose

  • Gauge where the IT organization currently stands in relation to digital.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Provides an assessment of the current state in terms of digital capabilities, initiatives, and skills.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Review the results from the business context tool.
  • Documented business context
2.2 Identify current state capabilities.
  • Current state IT capabilities
2.3 Identify current state initiatives.
  • Current state IT initiatives
2.4 Identify current state skills.

Module 3: Define the Target State

The Purpose

  • Define how IT will execute its role in digital to deliver business value.
  • Clearly understand where IT needs to go by defining the target state IT capabilities.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identifies and documents, at a high level, IT’s target state in digital.
  • The list of target state capabilities defines in more detail and clarity how the target state will look.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Further review IT’s digital goals.
3.2 Identify target state capabilities.
  • Target state IT capabilities
3.3 Map current initiative to target state capabilities.
  • Current initiative map
3.4 Identify missing digital skills.

Module 4: Bridge the Gap and Build the Roadmap

The Purpose

  • Identify the gaps between the current and target states, and brainstorm initiatives to address the gaps.
  • Build a communication plan to get buy-in from the business.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identifies the projects needed to reach the target state.
  • Describes how the projects support IT capabilities, IT goals, and the business context.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Analyze capability gap.
  • Gap analysis
4.2 Identify new initiatives.
4.3 Create initiative profiles.
  • Initiative profiles
4.4 Prioritize initiatives.
4.5 Build roadmap.
  • IT’s digital roadmap
4.6 Build communication plan.
  • Communication plan

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