Category: Business Transformation

Date: 20/10/2022

Subject: 3-Keys to better Business Continuity during Transformations

Audience: LinkedIn

Topic: “Just hold this horse for a second while we keep trying to do or grow the business”.

Business is becoming more and more dynamic and uncertainty is becoming even more pervasive as organisations try to deal with items such as geopolitics, technological change, scarce resources, stakeholder influences like ESG, aversion to change, and various other forms of distraction.

Do you ever have those days when you think that another large systems integration project will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back - there must be a better way!

Are the days of the monolithic ERP and other large system implementation projects heading for the same outcome as the dinosaur, or are we stuck with the conundrum of trying to establish whether Schrodinger’s cat is a metaphor for the ERP, eg, we put the ERP in the box but we don’t know if it is still alive or dead; so do we just throw the box away and start again - that would be far too easy!!

Instead, the 3-Key steps below should help our cause significantly…...

Step #1: Strategic Alignment

Ensure that any new initiatives are in alignment and measured as part of corporate goals, drivers, strategies, objectives and tactics. The new initiative’s measures of success need to align with business success otherwise why would we even think of commencing them.

Step #2: Governance & Risk Oversight

Ensure that Project Governance and Risk Oversight are strongly coupled and regularly active before, during, and after the project. If a project and its outcomes are at risk, then it is only logical that the business is at risk as well.

Step #3: Use Technology as a Transition Tool

Instead of going ‘Big Bang’ on a monolithic system implementation, explore your options by using Phased Systems Integration & Composable Applications. Where possible, replace any bespoke or sub-optimal applications by configuring them in an interoperability platform that standardises corporate policies, processes and procedures from the Get-Go and aligns them to other key business applications; therefore gaining some ‘Quick Time to Value’ wins. This option significantly lowers technical debt due to the 70-80% of reusable processes inherit in its deployment.

Other large systems and best of breed applications can then be phased into production via a minimalist ‘un-plug & re-plug’ process at even more reduced risk and cost.

An interoperability platform like DirigerHUB is like that emergency heavy duty jumper lead and fully charged battery you wished was always at hand when your starter battery goes dead. The cost to ensure business continuity and digital integration transition has never been more controllable, low risk, and affordable.

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