Why IT Alone Can't Steer a Digital Transformation

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-08-31 Email

For digital transformations to succeed, employees at all business levels must proactively take part, rather than having the IT organization act on its own, according to a recent survey from QuickBase. The resulting "2016 Digital Transformation Survey" report indicates that the vast majority of companies are invested in a digital transformation, with IT most frequently leading the way. However, C-suite executives maintain a much more optimistic view about progress so far than the workforce in general does. For worthwhile results to take hold, these senior decision-makers must allow employees to come up with their own tech tools, either through bring-your-own-device (BYOD) or citizen development initiatives. "IT and executive decision-makers have been laser-focused on achieving digital transformation this year, but they're approaching the problem with the wrong mindset," according to the report. "It's not just the IT department that needs to shoulder the workload: Citizen developers in a diverse array of business and central operations functions are ready to digitally transform their organizations from the ground up. Forward-thinking leaders who aspire to truly stay ahead of the curve should focus on finding a way to let them, because true digital transformation remains a work in progress." More than 300 U.S. IT professionals and managers, C-suite executives, and other employees who are involved with their organization's digital transformation took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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