Digital Transformation is not a revolution: It’s a way for enterprises to evolve

With fresh inspiration emerging from the new radical wave of start-ups and their simple business models, large enterprises are continuously looking at acquiring start-ups and implementing such models, across the globe in their business and technology environment.

Raj Vattikuti May 21st 2018
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Enterprises are trying different ways to get ahead in the game of Digital Transformation. Many are changing their business models to effectively service different customer segments.

With fresh inspiration emerging from the new radical wave of start-ups and their simple business models, large enterprises are continuously looking at acquiring start-ups and implementing such models across the globe in their business and technology environment.

Yet many are facing tremendous challenges, due to cultural issues, in building products and deploying them in their current technology environment. The fundamental understanding here is that a revolution approach is hardly going to bring any actual results.

Enterprises need to look at Digital Transformation from an evolution perspective to bring in real change and thereby achieve speed and agility.

Enterprise Evolution happens in three stages:
Stage 1: Creating Digital Culture with business and technology teams
Stage 2: Creating Pathways to build digital products with design led engineering environment
Stage 3: Creating Enterprise Platforms where it brings engineering approach to build components and reuse across the enterprise rather than building code upon code

Stage 1 – Culture:  A lot has been said about the fact that Digital Transformation is more about culture than technology. But how do you go about changing culture at an organization level?
1.    Create integrated teams comprising Business, IT and HR. The time for hyper-collaboration is here.
2.    Fostering an end-to-end design to engineering talent culture. Make your employees begin with a design and end with engineering it.
3.    Create unified scrum teams with capabilities across Design UI/UX, Engineering, Devops, and Data & Analytics.
4.    Leverage a transformation framework that can evolve the talent acquisition and talent transformation processes, thereby building capability to take a business idea into POC in deployable mode.

Stage 2 – Pathways: The methods to build products in a Digital environment is very different from traditional processes. It is important to create pathways in a design-led engineering environment to ingrain speed and agility as a habit. To begin with:
1.    Create enterprise-level DevOps environment for engineering, and deploy code every day.
2.    Establish outcome driven agile pathways across Design, Engineering, DevOps, Data & Analytics and other capabilities.
3.    Set-up governance of creating re-usable engineering components across all the capability centers.

Stage 3 – Enterprise Platform: The ultimate stage of a digitally transformed organization is when you have created enterprise platforms that brings an engineering approach to build components and reuse them across the enterprise rather than building code upon code.
It’s a less-coding-more-engineering future folks! So, what should ideally happen?
1.    Create enterprise front-end digital platform to service the business and the end users.
2.    Establish a governance of re-useable aspects of various products across the enterprise to bring scalability, security, productivity, quality, speed and agility.
3.    Build teams who are strong at design-led, component based engineering that involves least amount of writing codes and really fast solutions to problems.

While this may sound like a lengthy process, there are many ways to accomplish this quicker with success. I have had personal experience with some of the enterprise customers who have accomplished the mission much faster. For now, it’s important for you to start looking at your teams and the culture within your team to become more and more digitally imbibed.

Raj Vattikuti is founder and chairman of Altimetrik

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