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Operating Model and IT Expectations

  • Central IT teams have to build standard infrastructure and applications to deploy across the edge to enable process enforcement and efficient operations.
  • Local business transactions and data management. For example, each restaurant unit must map its order based on local inventory.
  • There can be centralized applications and data for functions like analytics, reporting, or supply chain.
  • IT investment and decisions are driven centrally.
  • Should support hypothesis-driven change in process standards and technology with experimentation at few edges.
  • IT operations resemble a technology product company building a product and deploying it across multiple vendors.
  • Central IT teams have to build applications and data shared by different business units.
  • The business transaction remains centralized, and the data availability has to be democratized across business units.
  • IT investment and decisions are driven centrally.
  • Should support hypothesis-driven process and technology changes.
  • Standard Interface for business unit level minimal customization as allowed by the process standards.
  • IT operations resemble a Return On Investment based model, operating outside the major business units connected to the central leadership.
  • With this model, IT is an integral part of the business unit. IT and business units together form multiple product teams.
  • Hypothesis-driven product development, agility, and speed of execution are the key to these business units.
  • The business transaction and data remain distributed. A well-defined interrelationship between the product’s bounded contexts is required.
  • A standard interface for integration between business units for efficient coordination is required.
  • With this model, IT is no more a cost center but a strategic enabler.
  • A central IT unit can run ROI-based initiatives. For example, with “Volkswagen Group” many cars under the brand Skoda and Volkswagen share the same platform. This could potentially open up some reuse of manufacturing and supply chain solutions.
  • The Central IT unit can also provide solutions for group-wide cross-cutting concerns like employee management, HR function, etc.,
  • Each line of business must remain agile and follow its operating model.

Strategic Importance of IT

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