CIO’s Checklist for the Digital Enterprise

Dateline: January 9, 2015

Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend.

It’s no secret that going forward, enterprises must be built on digital platforms to enable just about every business function to work at the necessary speed of commerce.  Back in 2000, two colleagues and I published Zero Time: Providing Instant Customer Value to describe the way organizations build instantly responsive processes and capabilities.  More recently, Dr. Nick Vitalari and Hayden Shanaseey published The Elastic Enterprise, describing a business model for the same.  Today we see the impact of the mobile/social/analytics/big cloud trends begun just a few short years ago, which, together, comprise the foundation of the digital enterprise.‘s senior editor, Brian Eastwood, suggests Seven Ways CIOs Should Prepare for the Digital Enterprise.  They are:

  1. When in doubt, buy don’t build
  2. Temporarily fill the data scientist gap with ‘data curious’ employees with deep business knowledge
  3. Use business outcomes as the key guiding start for IT/digital projects
  4. Apply agile principles to all aspects of IT, not just development
  5. IT projects must demonstrate time to value, not time to implementation.
  6. IT leaders should talk to boards regularly … about the risks and benefits of IT investments..
  7. CIOs must increasingly work with CMOs and CDOs (Chief Digital Officers)

How many of these suggestions are already a standard part of your daily activities?  Which are most important for your organization?

That’s a WRAP!  Have a nice weekend.






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