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6 Tips for CIOs to Vanquish DX Barriers

The year 2018 has brought digital transformation (DX) to new heights. It has not just gained the attention of the C-suite executives, but has been accepted as an essential business agenda and not just an IT project.

In this article at TechTarget, Mary K. Pratt shares a case study of the global management and consulting firm, Accenture, that counsels its clients about digital transformation. However, the leaders of the firm have discovered numerous barriers to DX, ranging from new skill requirements to security and the need for fast transformation.

Fact Sheet

According to the Logicalis Global CIO Survey 2017-2018, the organizational culture, cost, and legacy infrastructure are the top three DX barriers apart from the skills, security, and lack of interest in transformation.

Similarly, the Harvard Business Review report suggests that inability to experiment, conventional methods and inefficiency to work beyond silos are some other challenges to DX. The author shares a close perspective of the leading IT executives and consultants who have identified these barriers. Let us look over it:

  1. Poor Infrastructure: Global management consulting firm Bain & Company suggests ‘cloud computing’ as a key component adaptable to technology infrastructure, managing the complexities of a multi-cloud Ross Mason, Founder and VP of Product Strategy at MuleSoft, believes that the right infrastructure is essential to scale in the next one decade.
  2. Wrong Skills: As per Accenture MD of Core Infrastructure and Business Operations, Merim Becirovic, it is essential for a team to acquire new skills to disrupt the conventional approach and evolve in the digital arena.
  3. Resistance to Change: Apart from acquiring new skills, the IT teams must have the willingness to work in a diverse manner. Becirovic believes that it is essential to have the willingness to move ahead. Even the IFS report suggests that 42 percent of respondents listed ‘aversion to change’ as a major barrier to DX. Thereby, Becirovic suggests that strong executive support can help the enterprise embrace change while the motivation to learn new ways of working equally helps.
  4. Rapid Change: IT and its users in an organization could find themselves bombed by the continuous change that takes up valuable resources. It is the duty of the CIO to have control, strategy, and methodology to accomplish change, adds Becirovic.
  5. Lack of Alignment: President of the consulting firm SYPartners, Steve Semelsberger, believes that lack of connection between IT transformation and business objectives is an equally big barrier to DX. He suggests that even though the CIOs are equipped enough to explain and deliver technology shifts, they struggle in presenting a strategic plan that does not resonate with any emotional appeal.
  6. Security: As per the IFS survey, about 39 percent of corporate decision-makers listed security threats as the biggest barrier to DX, after aversion to change.

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