Why Enterprise Digital Strategies Must Drive IT Modernizationby Jason Bloomberg
Today's Digital Strategies face a potentially crippling trend: the separation of the Digital Transformation effort from the day-to-day running of the Information Technology (IT) shop. The lure of this bifurcation is unmistakable. CIOs have their hands full simply keeping older systems of record up and running, while the Digital effort is entrepreneurial, fast-moving, and deals with customer-facing systems of engagement. It's as though they are two separate worlds, with different priorities and different ways of operating.Don't fall into this trap. Remember, those crusty old systems run the business, as they have for years. They contain invaluable data, institutional knowledge, and support for the core business processes that drive the bottom line. Only those organizations who properly leverage their deep IT assets will prevail with their Digital Strategies long term. The good news: the Digital Transformation effort can -- and should -- drive modernization in IT. The secret is to take a flexible, business-driven approach that takes modernization one step at a time, and focuses on what's important.