Last week I attended the #1 EAM Conference in Germany, the “Lean42 EAM Conference”
At the closing podium session of the conference, I had the opportunity to discuss the following questions with brilliant people from companies of the old economy and Feras Alsamawi of Amazon:
- What are the success factors for the digital transformation?
- What is the contribution of EAM to these success factors?
- What is different in companies of the old- and the new economy?
After thirty minutes of discussion, we agreed to the following guidelines:
- The digital transformation of the old- and the new economy are two quite different things. It needs quite different approaches.
- Stay calm! The transformation of the old economy will be much slower than some consultancies might make you feel.
- Digital transformation does not happen through a bottom-up approach. Successful transformations start at the top of the companies.
- Let your CEO create and clearly communicate a strong, short, simple and compelling vision instead of a detailed, long-term top-down strategy.
- Know your current strengths and base your vision on them.
- Formulate the vision around new capabilities that arise with new technologies.
- Build a culture that embraces re-engineering.
- Establish a governance that is strict, but lets room for agile creativity.
- Design your solution from both sides: general structures top-down by a few, details bottom-up
- The border between business- and IT people will blur more and more. At the end business will become IT, IT will become business.
The Architectural Thinking Framework® includes all concepts that are needed to implement these guidelines in a structured and manageable way.