A Universal Vision for Digital Transformation

It’s kind of easy to imagine your company digitally transformed, modern and hip for the new generation of customers, easily accessible using the latest smart technology, able to crush the competition with agile new initiatives.

Shortly after this imagination exercise, reality sets in: how do we get everyone on the same page, moving in the same direction? What do we have in place and what is missing? Are we breaking anything, are we breaking enough?

With a business architecture approach, we can create a design plan to establish common understanding and vocabularies, determine existing capabilities and those that need to be created, map relationships and interactions necessary to fully transform, and relate all this to strategic objectives and tactical demands.

While the process of digital transformation is difficult it can be managed, like any complex task, by reductionism and abstraction.

Reductionism helps you take big things and make them small, bite-sized tasks. Abstraction takes small concepts and elevates them to a higher level that can be “universally” shared by the whole team no matter what their perspective.

Add to this the analysis of business capabilities and relationships. By clearly documenting current capabilities, we can understand how the business operates currently and the difference to the “will-be” transformed business.

Using software like IRIS Business Architect not only enables collaboration but provides a framework and visualization. As data is entered and organized, we are able to align capabilities and create scenarios showing the impact of adding or removing transformation components.

Using the business architecture approach provides the innovation environment where big ideas can be developed in context to the real, existing business capabilities. While this approach takes time and money, once created, transformation can occur more rapidly with superior understanding of the implications and impacts to core operations.

For a much deeper exploration into digital transformation and the use of business architecture, please read our white paper: The Architecture of Change

Read more in this series:

Digital Transformation and Business Bones

That Doggone Digital Transformation

Why Abstraction leads Strategy for Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation through alignment

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Larry W. Smith

Twitter: @lwsmith10011