• Digital Enterprise - Digital Native Enterprises

    The Digital Evolution -

    The evolution of digital technology is one constant factor that creates opportunities and threats for all organizations. It is the fuel for disruptors that understand the gap, cease the opportunity and execute effectively. The common denominator of all modern disruptors is that they harness modern technology and its applications in conjunction with optimized procedures to focus on the human side of their practice and became a truly a “Digital Native” organization.

    A digital native enterprise is an organization that leverage portability, elasticity, scalability, and agility as a competitive advantage. They become digital native by transforming their operations and innovations into a customer-driven powerhouse. The innovation strategies will change from “Innovation for Customer” to “Innovation with Customers” while mastering the social media and other technologies to continuously gather relevant information, feedback, and data which in turn has a direct influence on the direction of the products and services.

    In a sense these organizations become their own disruptors and systematic enterprise Digital Transformation empowers the organizations to plan and own the disruptions. It’s a powerful way to define a bold ambition that goes beyond incremental change, and forces the organizations to rethink their business and operating models, providing breakthrough value.

    Companies traditionally relied on Technologies to innovate, enhance the product/service line, or improved upon productivity. In the last few years the explosion of the varied and different technologies such as Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Mobile, Big Data and social media have created vast amounts of opportunities and threats. Beside the fact that consumers are more willing and expected to buy products online, the new trend of digital transactions facilitate vastly improved automation of previously manual intensive tasks and activities.

    Also, organizations recognize that it is no longer about how brands want to sell but how consumer want to buy. As result market is demanding a fundamental shift in the way companies innovate. The successful innovation is now “Customer-driven” and the overall innovation strategies are shifting. This shift requires organizations utilize social media and other technologies to capture consumers’ and users’ feedback at real-time to better understand their needs, behavior and usage pattern.

    In this environment, the agile organizations that are harnessing and mastering the above factors will become the next disruptors in their space and will be able to offer real differentiating value proposition or radical time and/or cost savings for their clients. These are possible only when organizations become truly Digital Native in their core.

    Becoming Digital Native would bring a new set of challenges that require careful strategy and tactics considerations.


    Digital Challenge

    Velocity & Agility

    The main challenge for more established organizations is how to match and exceed the velocity and agility of the competitors that are born digital. A large organization with numerous legacy systems, processes and old school human resources would not able to match the speed, level of innovation and time-to-market speed that their disruptor competitors offer.

    Accountably

    Who is ultimately accountable for digital dimension of the organization? Clearly digital is not only a sub-set of the IT function and ultimately is becoming the joint responsibility of the C-suit, including the chief executive, along with operations and in some cases directed by a newly created role of Chief Digital Officer.

    People & Culture

    One of the biggest challenges for the organizations on the digital journey is how to build and propagate the digital skills across the organization. In order to be effective, such skills and behavioral shift must be implemented and practiced in every aspect of business from IT to business operations and Sales & Marketing to Client Services and across the entire value chain. In many cases finding, attracting, educating and retaining Digital Native human capitals would be very challenging, if not done right.


    Building a high performance Digital Native organization requires an in-depth business transformation knowledge and practice. At Digital Enterprise we have developed a strategic foundation that empowers our clients from inception to the full execution of the strategic road map to become a Digital Native Enterprise.

    Our transformation framework and discipline support key enterprise initiatives such as Digital Strategy, Digital Talent, Digital Workplace, Digital Laboratory (DevOps + Innovation Labs), Service Management Excellence, Multi-Source Cloud, Security & Operation (SecOps), Big Data & Data Science, Enterprise Governance, Standards and Compliance, and Enterprise Architecture.

    Bring your ideas to market and be the first to capitalize on emerging trends and technologies with our business transformation services. By combining management consulting with IT know-how, we can help you drive successful digital transformation and get more value from your investments.


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  • Digital Transformation Journey

    Customer at the center of the organization’s universe -

    The core of the organization’s activities must be directly correlated to providing value to the customers, whether directly or indirectly. A true Digital Native Enterprise is in-tune with its clients’ needs through the deep connection they make with the customer in order to continuously collect feedbacks, behavioral patterns, and performance of the products and services. This feedback must be viewed as the lifeline of organization’s innovation roadmap. The bottom-line is that organizations need to “invent with their customers” rather than “invent for them”.

    Act Like a Startup

    Technology Driven Startups’ nimble and prototype driven mode of operation empowers the employees to think outside of the box, develop, and test and possibly fail-often. Yet, there is fertile ground for ground breaking innovation and possibly becoming the next disruptor. In order to achieve that goal, larger enterprises need to remove the operational barriers and unnecessary bureaucracies and heavily streamline and automate.

    Accelerate Collaboration

    The success of large scale organizations depends on aligning multiple stakeholders who are spread across an array of projects, teams, and departments which are most likely geographically dispersed. Effective organizational collaboration is the key to successful planning and execution of Digital Transformation. Adopt the collaboration best practices and technologies. Invest in the digital tools and implement the framework and infrastructure that could support high degree of collaboration within and outside of your organization.

    Empower The People

    Due to their skills and expert knowledge, organization’s human capital is one the most valuable assets and should be valued and utilized accordingly. Trust their expertise and empower them to try often and fail often, take responsibility and make decisions. While cultivating the culture that the organization learns from potential mistakes and self-correct itself. The empowerment to encourage new ideas and act upon it or make a decision gives the most talented staff sense of worth and ownership and ultimately cultivates a culture of innovation.

    Aim for Agility, Speed & Scale

    At the beginning of the journey organizations need to define their own digital transformation story and the roadmap to guides them throughout the journey. It is advisable that the following steps be followed

    • Understand the current state of organization
    • Create and map the organizational strategy
    • Identify key products as the initial pilot
    • Understand and define the required capabilities
    • Build talent and the organization’s digital factory (DevOps)
    • Adopt systematic Data Analytics
    • Transform into a Digital Native Enterprise
    • Scale up the practice & digital factory
    • Balance Agility & Speed with Quality

    In order to successfully balance speed of delivery with the quality of products, the organizations need to master the concept of Continuous “Development”, “Testing”, “Integration” and “deployment”. In Digital Native organization the traditional mode of operation with long cycles for product rollouts and updates are replaced by continuous and incremental deployments. This enables the companies to introduce incremental and focused updates to the production environment, perform minor rollbacks of faulty updates instead of extensive shutdowns, and have a much faster Mean Time To Recover (MTTR) in case of major disruptions.

    Bring your ideas to market and be the first to capitalize on emerging trends and technologies with Digital Enterprise business transformation services. By combining management consulting with IT know-how, we can help your drive successful digital transformation and get more value from your investments.


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  • Digital Enterprise Competitive Advantages

    One of the most common concerns for top executives lies in the main factors that will either make or break their companies. In simple terms they are looking for their “Competitive Advantages.” Although some might argue that nothing has changed, the reality is that in today’s heavily IT-infused operations, an organization’s Competitive Advantages might not even be related to its core competencies!

    No one can dispute the relevance and importance of the supporting IT systems in the ultimate success of an organization. In a sense, all businesses are becoming IT-enabled businesses; or, at minimum, relying heavily on the presence of its related services. Thus, in order to gain or hold the “Competitive Advantages”, a successful organization must become not only proficient in their IT and information-related operations but also be the most innovative and forward-thinking kid on the block. In order to achieve such status, both business and IT leaders need to think like and/or model very successful IT companies such as Google, Apple or Amazon.

    There are four distinctive traits that, when integrated into daily operations, can ultimately support an organization’s innovation and world-class operations. These traits are Portability, Elasticit, Scalability and Agility when it comes to IT solutions or services. Of course, no two organizations are the same. Therefore, the application and interpretation of the following will likely differ from one organization to the next.

    PORTABILITY
    A solution’s portability will be one of the most important aspects of enterprise IT solutions. Nowadays, many companies adopt various cloud systems to either augment or replace their existing and aging legacy information platforms. The promise of the Cloud-based solution lies in its enhanced scalability and flexibility. The reality, however, is that such promises can come with the hefty price of being locked with a specific vendor at best, not to mention having to deal with multiple environments. These issues could potentially bring more organizational headaches in the form of security, configuration, and compatibility issues. Nevertheless, Cloud systems are becoming the new de facto hardware of enterprise solutions. Regardless of which platform or technology an organization selects, one must remember that each solution comes with its own strengths and limitations, making the process of selection, implementation and interoperability even more challenging.

    One could ask, then, if clouds are the hardware, what is the enterprise operating system? One of the technologies that followed Cloud Computing was Platform as a Service (PaaS). In a nutshell, PaaS provides a unified platform that allows IT operations to develop, run, and manage web applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an enterprise app. This essentially could be interpreted as the Operating System of the enterprise cloud. But not so fast! Most public cloud vendors have their own version of the PaaS that is not compatible with other private or public cloud providers.

    To address this issue, one of the most innovative PaaS solutions lies in the Cloud Foundry. The Cloud Foundry provides Cloud agnostic platform that can be configured and deployed on many of the private and public cloud systems. This unique capability enables enterprises to view the cloud systems as merely a utility or service that can be leveraged to get the best performance or ROI. With this solution, enterprise applications can be designed, developed, tested, deployed, and scaled in a manner that was not (and is not in many current companies) possible.

    ELASTICITY
    Elasticity can be interpreted as the degree to which an IT system adapts its capacity to the workload and demands of an organization, both internally and externally. It is of the utmost importance for the system, processes, and human resources/experts to be able to systematically adjust the resources and bandwidth based on the immediate needs rather than on a fixed quota. Just as the concept of Just-in-Time (JIT) changed the manufacturing industry, so too can the concept of Just-in-Need (JIN) change enterprise computing by helping control the bottom–line cost when demand is low, and the performance and availability of services when demand is high by providing high degree of service scalability.

    SCALABILITY
    Scalability is the capability of a system, network, or process to handle a growing amount of work, or its potential to be expand or scale down in order to accommodate the growth or downtime. In today’s competitive organizations, IT systems and their related processes and procedures need to be truly scalable in order to support their elasticity. Scalability can only be sustained when organizations have the right set of technologies and procedures in place.

    AGILITY
    The concept of Agility can be related to the time-to-market or response time to an internal or external event or trigger. More and more organizations are adopting various techniques to help them become Agile in product development, design, and deployment. One caveat of achieving successful and maintainable agility is the systematic implementation across the organization which requires the adaptation of the modem DevOps and Continuous Delivery schemes.

    The DevOps is all about doing the right thing in an agile, systematic, predictable and replicable manner. It includes creating capacity and precise alignment of the resources and their capabilities with organizational needs and expectations. A successful adaptation will require changes both in soft and technical skills that may ultimately result (for many organizations) in fundamental changes in organization and resource patterns, behaviors, expectations, compensation, and goals.

    To conclude, the three concepts of Portability, Elasticity, and Agility are becoming increasingly integrated in successful and forward-thinking businesses and IT operations. In order to successfully adopt and integrate these principles, as well as the technologies to make them possible, you need to better understand the current organizational setup and future goals while maintaining the power to change both behavioral and technical issues within the organization.

    Finally, always seek the professional assistance of trusted experts who can provide both technical and organizational coaching and guidance along the journey.

    Bring your ideas to market and be the first to capitalize on emerging trends and technologies with our business transformation services. By combining management consulting with IT know-how, we can help you drive successful digital transformation and get more value from your investments.


    Digital Enterprise Corporation

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    Phone: 1.888.666.7705

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