For most companies, digital transformation will almost certainly utilise a modern cloud-based architecture for rapid scale, the adoption of a decentralised operational model with greater autonomy for each component, and a healthy dose of AI and machine learning.
Implementation is increasing being performed by one or more small teams of 3-5 people, working in parallel to innovate and move faster.
Your digital transformation team should carefully plan and monitor their implementation schedule, to avoiding stop/start implementations.
It is also important to work at a steady pace that can be maintained indefinitely.
Implementing too fast increases the risk of financial and physical fatigue from performing multiple major projects back-to-back. Conversely, implementing too slow increases the need for mid-implementation changes to your strategy to take into account the evolutionary changes in customers, technology, operational and market.
The Agility To Continually Evolve
Digital transformation is not a program or a series of projects with a start and end date.
It’s about your business achieving the agility to continually evolve – embracing and adopting new technologies as they are released – to deliver better value to your clients and capitalise on new markets and opportunities.
Technology will play a major part in evolution of your business. However, the most important aspect of your digitally evolved business will remain the same – people – the customers, suppliers and staff you work with.