In my previous blog ‘A coffee in the cloud: 5-minute successes’ I introduced the five stages that form part of a digital transformation strategy alongside three examples. This second blog provides a step-by-step guide on preparing a high-level transformation strategy that aligns the partnership between business, technology, and people. I have focused on a common scenario that Modality regularly experiences - Modernise to Save.
As part of your strategy it is important to classify your motivation based on the following three situations:
Critical Business Events – e.g. Reduce capital expense, extended support for mission critical technologies or a merger, acquisition, or divestiture.
Migration – e.g. Cost savings, reduction in vendor or technical complexity or scale to meet new market or business demands.
Innovation - Transformation of products or services, legacy application transformation.
I have created a high-level example of a digital transformation strategy below.
Modernising services by migration and transformation
The first step in developing your cloud strategy consists of defining and documenting the motivations. You will need to meet with key stakeholders to discuss the drivers behind these motivations. Make sure these are understood and aligned to a RACI and all decisions are recorded.
The second step is documenting the business outcomes of the motivations. This can be in a statement form or displayed as a simple table.
The third step build a quantifiable business case to validate the financial model that supports your motivation and outcome.
The fourth step is to identify suitable projects that are aligned to the motivations. This step can be used to gauge the technical effort and understand the amount of time it takes to align people, processes, and technology. Whenever possible, your first project should set out the criteria that demonstrates progress toward the defined business outcome. As part of this stage provide clear project expectations, the likelihood is a service or workload deployment of some form will be delivered.
As part of any adoption lifecycle, there are other considerations of which you should be aware. These include balancing competing priorities, defining a security strategy and portfolio-management.
I hope this high-level example has provided insight to any business at the start of its digital transformation journey. If you feel more comfortable working with an Azure Gold Partner, Modality is offering independent advice via a Modernisation Maturity Assessment. This takes about one hour and can be delivered remotely. You will receive a comprehensive report outlining gaps and improvements.
For further information, or to book a Modernisation Maturity Assessment. Get in touch with us today. The next blog in the series will look at planning and readiness helping to prepare the organisation and technical requirements before moving to the adoption stage.