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A CIO’s Look into Digital Transformation Consulting

Organizational IT can be complex and chaotic. As a business grows, the IT burden grows with it. New devices, systems, and software get added to the fray as employee counts increase and business objectives evolve. Inevitably, this IT patchwork creates friction in workflows, and digital transformation consulting becomes critical to keeping your business able to compete and excel.

A transformation begins by looking forward at both near- and long-term needs. It requires assessing trajectories and goals and evaluating what tools your team needs to get there, all while staying one step ahead of today’s tech needs. As such, digital transformation consulting rarely happens in a vacuum. It’s essential that it aligns with your business’s strategic ends and accounts for your unique workflows and culture. Anything less than that is a strategic miss.

That’s why strong IT leadership is crucial for every successful digital transformation. You need an experienced, C-level IT partner who can navigate that initiative with you and set you up for a measurable return on investment.

Meet Dynamic Computing.

We’ve helped top-performing businesses and organizations in the Pacific Northwest successfully execute IT transformations and provide them our managed IT services since 2000.

What Goes into Digital Transformation Consulting Project?

An IT transformation is comprehensive and structured. It requires top-down buy-in and planning that results in five key action steps:

  1. Select the right tools and systems to support your team’s unique needs.
  2. Implement new, flexible, cloud-based systems that scale.
  3. Migrate data from old systems to new systems, without missing a beat.
  4. Train and empower teams to use the new tools.
  5. Develop new workflows across the organization.

Digital transformation is a big project that yields big results.

Let’s look at this process in practice.

Malaria No More’s Big Move

 

Malaria No More (MNM) undertook a digital transformation while relocating their office from New York to Seattle. It was a strategic move, but their existing IT infrastructure was anything but strategic. Their systems were outdated and unreliable at best, and they certainly wouldn’t survive a cross-country move.

MNM brought in Dynamic Computing’s digital transformation consulting team to tackle the problem, make the move, and transform their aging systems into an integrated, agile tool for their organization.

“We started by sitting down for an in-depth white board session with the MNM team,” says Russ Stewart, the Vice President and IT Director of Dynamic Computing. “We listened to their concerns, learned about their business, and created a detailed, strategic plan to modernize and move their IT systems across the country.”

After creating alignment between the MNM executive team and the core IT team, Dynamic Computing got to work. They virtualized the current servers, migrated their systems and data, installed new equipment, secured the network, and installed communication and telephony infrastructure for their new workspace, all the while navigating the landmines of a problematic legacy system. “The risks were extensive,” said Kevin Gemeroy of Dynamic Computing, “But it’s a testament to our team’s preparation and execution that this project was such a resounding success.”

Once MNM’s team arrived in Seattle, Dynamic Computing’s team took things to the next level. Understanding the not-for-profit’s IT budget, the team at Dynamic equipped MNM’s project leads with the necessary knowledge to train their teams on the new software solutions they’d just implemented. “They translated IT into the language of our business,” MNM says, “and that made all the difference.”

That digital transformation pivoted Malaria No More from a disjointed system that created friction in their work to an agile, scalable system that empowers their mission.

Digital transformation consulting projects are complex, but Dynamic Computing is here to help you lead that process.

Top Reasons IT Transformation Projects Get Shot Down

Overhauling legacy IT systems can seem like a daunting endeavor, regardless of obvious need and inherent gains. We see three primary reasons IT transformation projects get shot down and we propose solutions for each situation:

Concerns over cost.

Problem: Key stakeholders are concerned with the significant costs that an IT transformation requires.

Solution: Reframe your IT transformation as a strategic investment. Cohesive, up-to-date systems allow your business to leverage IT to help your employees succeed. In terms of financial resources, labor is the single most expensive cost most businesses have. By implementing quality IT systems, labor becomes more efficient, wasting less time and improving the bottom line.

Fear of change.

Problem: Business leaders hesitate to disrupt the status quo, preferring to limp along with inefficient systems that “work” instead of adapting to unfamiliar systems that excel.

Solution: Present the IT transformation as a structured, manageable plan with key milestones and measurable outcomes. A successful IT transformation includes space to train employees in using the updated systems and working with an experienced digital transformation consulting team will ensure that this takes place.

Lack of leadership.

Problem: A business lacks the leadership and willingness to push past objections and explore future benefits.

Solution: Partner with an experienced digital transformation consulting team that can bring CIO leadership and communication to your executive table. These consultants will cast vision for the benefit of the transformation, present fact-based information on its projected results, and guide your team through a step-by-step process to get it done.

Are you facing roadblocks in your IT transformation process? Contact Dynamic Computing to get CIO-level guidance.

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Helping Your Business with IT Transformation Projects

Dynamic Computing guides you through a structured, customized process to achieve a successful IT transformation. This begins with an IT audit to assess and understand the status of your current systems. This assessment lays the groundwork to accurately execute three core components of the transformation:

IT Upgrades

An IT transformation affords the opportunity to strategize for the future and explore all available tools that will get you there. This includes evaluating and preforming IT upgrades on hardware, software, and cloud-based infrastructure.

Some questions to ask in this process:

  • How do your teams operate? Are they primarily in-office, work-from-home, or out in the field? What devices maximize their workflows?
  • Where do current systems create friction in your workflows and operations? What IT upgrades could streamline those activities?
  • Where are your current line-of-business applications (or industry-specific software) headed in the coming years? Are our existing programs sufficient to reach our objectives?

Office & System Expansions, Contractions, & Relocations

The world is always changing and “normal” is a moving target. As such, many companies are shifting their office setups to more dynamic systems. That’s an optimal time to enlist the services of a digital transformation consulting partner.

Some questions to ask in this process:

  • Is a physical office relocation in your future? If so, what does that look like? What IT needs need to be reevaluated in that process?
  • Do you need to downsize office space as more of your teams work from home? What tools are required to maintain connectivity and collaboration across the company?
  • Do you need to reconfigure shared workspaces to create social distancing? Does that require new or alternative equipment?

IT Strategic Planning & Budgeting

IT systems come with a cost, but strategic IT planning and budgeting allows your business to absorb those costs at a predictable pace while leveraging the best tech for your business goals. As you reimagine your IT systems and implement those changes, create a long-term IT budget that keeps you a step ahead of tech needs.

Some questions to ask in this process:

  • What software do we currently maintain or pay for that isn’t being used to its full capacity? Is it time to consider an option that works better for us?
  • What IT growth is necessary to achieve our 5- and 10-year strategic goals? Do we have scalable IT plans in place?
  • Do we have a plan for tracking and replacing equipment as it ages, so we don’t leave our work vulnerable to system failures and unexpected expenses?

Make IT Happen

Technology has the potential to fuel your growth and help you reach your businesses objectives. With unified systems, up-to-date software, and cross-organizational alignment, you can remove barriers to productivity and free up your teams to operate at full capacity.

We understand that the process to get your company’s legacy systems up to date can seem daunting, but we’re here to help you create and execute a plan that fits your business.

If you’re IT isn’t actively contributing to your business’s success, it’s time for a digital transformation. Contact Dynamic Computing and take your digital systems from a mediocre necessity to an exceptional asset today.

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