Digital.Transformation.Takes.Big.Picture.Thinking.2016.jpgWherever you turn, businesses are facing tremendous disruptive pressure.

What’s interesting is that the theory about how firms should be dealing with this massive change is itself in flux, transforming if you will, as organizations come to grips with the idea that the most basic ways they do business - best practices, operational strategies - are being called into question.

This according to Ron Miller, enterprise reporter at TechCrunch and a technology journalist since 1998. In Digital Transformation Requires Total Organizational Commitment, Miller shares that, just over a year ago, when he researched this topic, he found that the general method for dealing with disruption was developing pockets of innovation inside a company - using labs or incubators to prime the innovation pump.

That was then...

Today, when Miller explored the same issues - digital disruption, digital transformation, digital enterprise strategies - he discovered today's companies are taking a much more comprehensive approach, looking at the enterprise, as a whole.

Why? The issue with the lab or incubator concept, according to TechCrunch's Miller, is how an organization moves its thinking from internal innovation test bed to the organization at large. The new thinking challenges enterprises to think more innovatively - looking at the big picture in terms of plotting a digitally driven future.

Digital.Transformation.Big.Picture.Thinking.jpgIDC reports that in the coming years, the biggest focus for businesses will revolve around digital transformation.

In the report IDC FutureScape: Worldside CIO Agenda 2016 Predictions, IDC outlines what the research firms sees as the most significant predictions for the coming years. 

According to IDC, the biggest issues in IT leadership will center on business needs, capabilities and availability related to digital transformation. IDC data shows that two-thirds of CEOs plan to focus on digital transformation strategies for 2016 and that CIOs will be major players in leading every department through this shift.

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In terms of capabilities, only 25 percent of CIOs report feeling confident in how they are driving new digital revenue streams. When it comes to availability, CIOs are focused on legacy IT services and how to maintain them with limited budgets, while also increasing digital transformation within the business. (IDC)

Digital transformation must be approached by competitive enterprises with critical thinking.

According to IDC, the greatest gains in a digital transformation are derived from a holistic approach that addresses end-to-end processes and their related information assets. 

Today, organizations must look to automate manual processes, and increase collaborative capabilities beginning with a strategy for maximizing use multi-channel inputs - turning content from a static element into real-time content that is available to all who need it, connecting processes and transactions in ways that streamline and improve operating in an ever-emerging digital business environment.