It’s not surprising that the vast majority of organizations are undertaking digital transformation projects to keep up with the pace of change in business. What is interesting is how the age of an organization impacts the priority and objective of the elements of their respective transformation. A new solutions showcase paper from the Enterprise Strategy Group digs into the various motivations for organizations, and uncovers how organizational maturity and tenure impacts the priorities for digital reinvention efforts in different companies.
In the report, ESG analyst Edwin Yuen surveyed IT decision makers at midmarket and enterprise organizations to see what their priorities were for the next 12 months. What he found was the top business objectives by company were impacted by the age of the company being surveyed. More established companies were focused on digital transformation that improved organizational stability and risk mitigation, while “younger” organizations put a higher value on enabling growth. Within the broad category, established companies were interested in reducing costs, improving information security, and increasing revenue, while younger organizations prioritize new customer acquisition, new product development and entering new markets.
In addition, Yuen found that initiatives that contribute to stability, such as cybersecurity and cost reduction, are connected to companies established for 50+ years, with growth and agility the goal for organizations less than 10 years old.
Continuous Automation as Common Denominator
Across these two divergent groups, Yuen finds the concept of continuous automation plays a consistent role in helping organizations achieve their disparate goals. The set of tools and processes that comprise CA help these transformation efforts succeed whether the goal is stability or hypergrowth. In particular, Yuen notes the Chef Automate toolset helps IT teams achieve success with CA, in that it “removes roadblocks across platforms and applications…improv(ing) the outcomes of the developers work, with increased efficiency, speed and reduced risk”. Chef Automate, with its core components of Chef, Habitat and InSpec “allow IT to become more agile and lean, which changes how IT helps create and deliver applications to drive the business.”
You can download the survey results and more of the analyst’s findings around successful high-velocity organizations here.