This week’s curator, Thomas Ridings, looks at the IT communications gap that emerges as businesses struggle to come to terms with their digital futures and explores how we can create a common language for describing digital. Thomas also gives an overview of some common themes emerging from IT departments who have already treaded the path, shares some related Shift*Base guides and picks 5 links for further reading on the topic.
Bridging the gap between IT and the business
There is still a fundamental difference in understanding between IT and the business when looking at how digital contributes to organisational capabilities.
Defining organisational capabilities can help create a common language for understanding what’s really needed from digital transformation. Dave Gray’s (author of The Connected Company) provides a forward thinking approach to creating shared service platforms that can support agile teams.
- As I’ve examined the case examples below, and talked with many top CIOs about how they were operating their departments over the last several years, it’s become clear that the contemporary IT organization – at least ones that are successfully leading their organizations into the future – is now wielding a new kind of power… How IT and the Role of the CIO is Changing in the Era of Networked Organizations – Dion Hinchcliffe
- Everyone agrees IT departments need to play a bigger role in the process of digital transformation. Those are the results of a new and extensive survey by The Economist Intelligence Unit and SAP. IT departments need to contribute more to digital transformation
- Avanade’s research shows technology budgets and decision-making migrating away from IT departments, and IT taking on new roles in the enterprise. Thirty-seven percent of technology spending now happens outside of IT, because the vast majority of business leaders (79 percent of C-level executives) believe they can make better and faster decisions without the involvement of IT. What’s creating tension between IT and business leaders?
- The rise of the ‘business consumer’ requires a digital workplace, writes Gartner research VP Matthew W. Cain. The time is now to get to grips with the digital workplace and manage consumerisation – Gartner – Information Age
- There is certainly no shortage of research, studies and predictions about digital at the moment; it seems that almost every day a new report about digital trends, priorities or technologies is published. Of course many of these have a particular angle or perspective that aligns with whatever consultancy/vendor/research firm has commissioned or sponsored the study. Digital: are you the one in four? – The Business Leader
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