A cold hard fact is that 70% of transformations do not succeed for a multitude of reasons. They result in extended timelines, massive reductions in ROI, poor relationships between the business and IT, creating a digital transformation experience that most would happily flee from if truth be told.

“Success is walking from failure to failure
with no loss of enthusiasm.”

– Winston Churchill

Without going into tedious detail, these poor end-results are able to be drilled down to a core lack of business transformation management capabilities. If that particular level of management is inadequate or lacking, the “cracks” at the lower program management, project management and work-stream levels will also show themselves, thus creating a catastrophic program issue.

The following is a series of posts that will outline beneficial steps towards creating your business orientated digital transformation, based around the THRIVE methodology and learnings from my friend, Digital Transformation thought leader, and Author, Axel Uhl. (Digital Enterprise Transformation: A Business-Driven Approach to Leveraging Innovative IT)

In this post, we will be addressing one of the first things you need to do to get your organization on the right track towards your Digital Transformation and that is the establishment of your Digital Capabilities Framework.

The Digital Capability Framework is a toolset that helps you to analyze the as-is situation of your organization and to identify new business cases which are enabled by technology trends.

The framework consists of four different building blocks:

  1. Performing a Digital Capabilities Assessment
  2. Assessing your Digital Capabilities against a Digital Capability Maturity Model
  3. Developing Digital Use Cases
  4. Building your Digital Transformation Roadmap

During the digital capabilities assessment post(s) we will discuss with you the six core capabilities that your organization will require in order to become a digital enterprise.

As part of the Digital Capability Maturing Model post(s) we will talk about how to use Digital Capability Maturity models to establish ways to measure the maturity of each capability defined in your digital capabilities’ assessment.

The third post(s) will discuss the use of Digital Use Cases to establish the leading practices to follow in order to improve your digital capabilities

And finally, we will wrap up this series with one (or several) posts on building your Digital Transformation roadmap.  This roadmap will be the key that drives your organization to becoming a Digital Enterprise.