December 12, 2019

What does the 'new age' Digital Transformation specialist look like? - ARNnet

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The startling failure rate in business transformations is well-known. According to McKinsey, only 16 per cent of organisations believe their transformation efforts have made a sustained performance improvement, and only 3 per cent said they successfully sustained the change.

Despite the clear challenges in successfully delivering transformation projects, organisations can’t ignore them either – transformation cuts to the core of the philosophy of “innovate or be disrupted,” and many incumbents, especially, relying on old and antiquated systems, have fallen for this trap.

Domo vice-president and general manager, Asia-Pacific, Paul Harapin, said the channel in Asia-Pacific has a significant opportunity to help customers build a successful approach to innovation.

“The channel has a major role to play in business consulting; working with the C-suite to help them understand the business challenges and questions they are trying to answer through the transformation.

“In our experience we have found that organisations fall into one of 4 categories when it comes to their transformation journey - Frozen, Flailing, Failing or Flying, and we developed Digital Transformation journey map that allows organisations to plot themselves and develop a path forward.

The next generation of partner, the ones who are able to take customers from the “frozen, flailing, or failing” stages on their Digital Transformation journey and move them to flying are the partners who:

  1. Understand that Digital Transformation is as much about leadership and vision as it is about building capability. Partners must be able to engage with business leaders and IT to deliver on the vision.
  2. Recognise that the BI-as-usual approach simply does not support the advanced requirements of the business, whether this be analytics at scale, access to real time data and insights on mobile (or any device) or the ability to publish data to third parties.
  3. Have a practice and methodology AND partnerships that allow their customer to augment the investments that have already been made and deliver in areas that the existing systems and processes may not be able to support against the new and ever changing requirements of a data driven organisation or department.

“These are the types of organisations that we see customers turn to to solve the Digital Transformation dilemma and these are the organisations that we are looking to partner with to help us manage the overwhelming opportunity we’re seeing in market,” Harapin said. “It takes an entire ecosystem to be able to respond to customers changing needs and deliver the level of service they now expect.

“We can help collect and clean data, which means channel organisations don’t need to spend months trying to write APIs or have a team of people generating reports. Instead, the channel organisation can go to the customer and work on developing better data feeding practices, and drive deeper and more comprehensive services around the data. The higher margins for channel organisations are around business consulting,” he said.

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