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The Digital Transformation 'Health Check'

This is part 2 of a 4-part series on organizational transformation.

When embarking on any type of journey, preparation and readiness are prerequisites for success. Whether it is planning for a trip, training for an athletic event, or transforming a business, one must first assess whether all the necessary pieces are in place to execute the plan and achieve the desired objective. Without this type of assessment, a critical part of the equation might be overlooked, resulting in the intended result and benefits not being fully realized.

Consider the marathon runner. This type of athlete does not begin an effort of this scale without the proper focus. Is he or she following an appropriate training plan for this type of event? Does his or her diet align with what is needed for the required level of energy and stamina? And perhaps most importantly, is the athlete’s overall health sufficient to undertake this type of endeavor? If the runner is not focusing on these aspects, the outcome may be disappointing.

Just like the marathon runner, organizations that wish to embark on a journey as significant as transforming their business models or underlying strategies, must ensure they are focusing on all the necessary aspects to be successful. A digital transformation is a perfect example of a highly disruptive change effort that requires organizations to have a sharp focus and consider all variables at play, including people, processes, and technology. While implementing a digital transformation is a different type of marathon, it nevertheless requires a proper ‘health check’ to ensure overall readiness.

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