IT Transformation – shaping and maintaining the IT organizations of the future
Business and IT will need to work together even more closely in the future to meet the rising and ever-more complex demands of digitization, big data, new business models, and new platforms. The various changes which occur in IT, arising from these and other sources, must be translated into actionable steps within a focused IT transformation process, and implementation of the transformation program must be managed as a whole.
Three key aspects of successful IT transformation:
- Development of an IT target structure which is consistently focused on the interests of the business and external requirements, such as digitization. The measures needed to create the target structure are detailed within the transformation design, including the related business case, and translated into a transformation roadmap.
- Defining a transformation strategy which implements the necessary changes ambitiously, but without overburdening the organization: This means following up on business cases and ensuring fully integrated transformation management. At the same time, the IT organization must be made ready for the results of an IT transformation through focused IT workforce management. Ideally, the organization should continually be in transformation mode, so it constantly adapts to the changing circumstances (continuous transformation management).
- Comprehensive enterprise architecture management ensures that the requirements of business and the IT target structure are reflected in an optimized strategic IT architecture. This forms the basis for developing a company-wide IT architecture plan. The IT architecture must also be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and adjusted if necessary (continuous architecture management).