5 Tips for Succeeding in Your Journey to a Digital Enterprise
There has been a lot of buzz around digital transformation, leaving some organizations wondering what it means for them and how to get started. During a recent Eclipse, A DXC Technology Company event in Vancouver, we brought together a group of thought leaders and business executives to discuss the impact of digital disruption and how businesses should approach their journey to a digital enterprise.
There were 5 key points that stood out to help you get started and set your business up for a successful journey to a digital enterprise:
1. Don’t view this as a project that starts and ends
Digital transformation doesn’t occur in a day or a month. The steps required for becoming a digital enterprise evolve, taking place through incremental change. It’s not scoped in a traditional way, but instead the scope of the project is the question or process you are trying to solve.
Keynote speaker Charles Araujo, Principal Analyst with Intellyx and founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation, explained that most organizations hold off on digital transformation because they don’t know where to start. But the simplest answer is “start doing something, anything at all – just start moving” because there is no one path to digital transformation. Charles goes on to explain “you can’t navigate a boat that’s not moving,” some organizations have been waiting on the sidelines to see what happens, but the time to wait has passed – organizations need to start now and keep progressing.
2. Start small and get moving
Choosing a digital transformation path depends on the business’s needs – there isn’t one single destination. Pick a question or process you want to fix and start there.
Eclipse client, Paul Bergen, Manager of Enterprise Financial Applications at Teck Resources Limited, spoke at the event about the digital transformation journey they are on – “The path to digital transformation starts by picking a problem you want to solve, and pulling together a cross-functional team to solve it” going on to say, “We started our journey by simply picking an area we knew we needed to improve on.”
3. Embrace it because your organization WILL benefit from it
IT leaders need to start thinking of themselves as visionaries or futurists – moving their organization forward by being in a constant state of exploration.
Paul Bergen, Manager, Enterprise Financial Systems at Teck Resources Limited explained their organization’s view of technology – “Why continue to use old systems that don’t fit your needs?” Paul explained “It’s a change in mindset of how you chose to work.” While every company’s digital transformation journey is unique, the foundation is the same. Organizations need to focus on their core business by identifying processes and KPIs that can be improved through technology.
4. Integrate people and technology
To be digitally relevant, organizations have to seamlessly integrate people and technology.
Corey Wells, ERP Senior Solutions Sales Professional at Microsoft explains “Microsoft’s goal is to empower every person to achieve more – to help their customers optimize their environment to work best for them.” People and processes are a large part of being a digital enterprise, and technology companies must address that. As Matt Calderwood, Global Vice President Business Development at Eclipse explained, “We help our customers by leveraging technology that allows them to be who they are. Eclipse’s goal is to provide expertise and solutions so they can focus on their core business.”
5. Don’t let projects and timelines take over
“Keep the journey going without letting a project take over,” Charles explains. Instead of the overwhelming, daunting idea of a long-term goal to a digital enterprise – take a ‘small steps’ approach.
Utilizing an agile management solution keeps businesses from letting a timeline control their transformation and allows you to be flexible as changes and issues arise. The goal is to make small course corrections as they are needed, rather than being faced with major issues until it’s too late to do something about them without significantly impacting your digital transformation journey.
There’s no shortage of companies that have successfully embraced digital transformation by understanding the importance of staying current. While every company will follow a different path to digital transformation, there are consistent lessons that can be learned and applied.
Learn more about Eclipse’s role in making your journey to a digital enterprise a success by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.