We are in the middle of a completely new industrial revolution. Established companies operating in an exclusively traditional market environment are feeling the change – their market is no longer a conventional market. In order to survive in today’s market, companies have to adapt to disruptions faster than their competitors. Market leaders must continuously innovate to stay on top. How can IT support to prepare companies for the digital age?
How can companies be successful in a world where change is the only constant? The speed of change and the diversity of digital business opportunities are leading to an increasing gap between business and IT.
Companies have to react to requirements:
• Diversity of digital technologies and possibilities such as AI, IoT, analytics
• Individualization of products and services
• Increasing speed of developments (shortened product cycles and time-to-market times)
• Disruptive, dynamic change in technological capabilities
• Inflexible old technologies such as silo architectures and complex individual interfaces
• Lack of customer orientation, focus on enterprise IT and grown “silos”
• Slow responsiveness and execution of IT infrastructures, long delivery times and release cycles
• Lack of digital IT skills, outdated methods and tools
Agile IT increases IT provision for the company, enables innovations to be introduced quickly and improves scalability.
Rapid acceptance of innovations: The IT department proactively examines new trends and quickly adopts new technologies.
High IT productivity: The performance and quality of IT provision is higher and contributes to better IT transparency and customer satisfaction.
Reliable scalability: Value-oriented and business-oriented IT projects are prioritized according to the impact on the company – IT quickly adapts to changing requirements.
Short time-to-value time: The IT department delivers production-ready solutions faster and with less lead time.
Visibility and transparency: IT services and added value for the company are completely transparent.
Agile IT increases the company’s IT performance, enables fast innovations and improves scalability. This requires some prerequisites across all IT areas:
A realignment of the IT goals to the business goals of the company and a continuous responsibility is a cornerstone. A change in mentality must take place in corporate culture.
This should go hand in hand with new ways of working, a positive error culture and a general attitude that promotes continuous learning and entrepreneurial thinking.
Agile and innovative techniques such as design thinking, DevOps, Scrum / Kanban, hackathons should be promoted and a look at the local startup ecosystem should be taken to bring fresh ideas from outside into the company. Orchestration of digital solution and innovation partners in order to scale and innovate at high speed is essential.
Autonomous, cross-functional and self-organizing teams work iteratively in IT provision.
Hierarchy-free down-to-earth IT organization instead of a hierarchically defined IT organization
Digital skills shift through improved skills management (digital academy, certification) and talent promotion
Cloud orchestration, automated infrastructure management and modular plug-and-play architectures