WHY

Over the past 40 years, waves of innovation have had a tremendous impact on the way businesses operate. New enterprises emerged and established ones either changed or vanished.

This plank gives the platform durability and purpose. It will enable the organization to:

  • Mobilize
  • Make investments
  • Set priorities
  • Take risks
  • Sustain the effort throughout the transformation

Crafting the WHY is the responsibility of the executive leadership team, including the CIO. After all, the business imperative must be articulated by the executive team or there is no point in launching a major transformation.

What are the Characteristics of a 21st Century Model?

Enterprises will succeed on their ability to adapt and prosper. For many organizations, this creates the need for a very different and systematic approach to:

  • Business
  • Processes
  • Systems
  • Structures
  • Metrics
  • Cultures
  • Incentives
Keys to Success

Today’s most successful companies have adopted the new model structured around both speed and leverage. However, for those companies that have not yet taken the plunge, to achieve it will take time, investment, skill, and an iron will to change to the new dynamics of this century.

A Virtual Ecosystem
“Instead of a complex composite of assets and people, the successful 21st century enterprise is a virtual ecosystem that is always on and responsive to its customers in ways that old-line companies could never imagine.”

~ from Blind Spot: A Leader’s Guide to IT-Enabled Business Transformation