Digital Transformation: Here’s the Key to Long-Term Success

Digital Transformation (DX) initiatives are so ubiquitous that any company not sponsoring one is likely in the 1 percentile. According to a Pre-Pandemic Gartner Survey, 96% of CIOs reported some form of DX initiative being funded Post-pandemic. 

Although there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach for digital transformation, D6 has successfully transformed multiple large-scale enterprises by following a similar pattern.   

In our experience, most successful digital transformations follow a 6-step process. And while no two organizations are alike, we find the framework surrounding the process to be remarkably consistent. The steps are as follow: 

  1. Assess the Current Technology State 
  1. Identify Pain Points 
  1. Define the Road Map 
  1. Execute the Road Map 
  1. Measure Results 
  1. Optimize the Ecosystem 

In this blog post, we’ll breakdown Step 3: Define the Road Map  

For those interested in a deep dive of all the steps, we invite you to download our recent whitepaper, Digital Transformation: A 6-Part Road Map to Success

Step 5 – Measure the Results  

  • At key waypoints for each project, the project execution team should map the project functionality and objectives back to the DX “North Star”–which are the CTRs identified in Step 1.  
  • Measurement should happen early and continually. This is another reason why the “low-hanging fruit” projects typically get executed first. Not only does it generate excitement and momentum around the overall initiative, but it allows the team to establish the habit of measuring against the CTRs very early in the initiative.   
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), created in conjunction with the CTR, should be utilized to provide a clear view of the results.  

Measurement is an ongoing and iterative process. While we label it as a step, it is not a one-and-done concept. Successful projects rely on feedback and direction, so evaluating what’s working and what’s not and adjusting accordingly is the key to long-term success. 

If at the critical juncture you find yourself looking for an outside expert to help you navigate the road ahead, D6 would love to put our experience to work for you. 

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