Chapter 9

Digital Reorganization

Imagine attaching a World War II airplane engine to a modern commercial jet aircraft. You don’t have to be an aeronautical engineer to know that this would be an unviable design. The old engine would not have the power needed for the plane to take off and stay aloft. And yet, most enterprises undergoing digital transformation do exactly that when they rely on older versions of IT organization structures and capabilities to power the change! This can be fatal to attaining a fully synchronized Stage 4 digital transformation.

The digital enterprise needs a new design of engine (i.e., IT function) to power takeoff and staying aloft, just as modern aircraft needed a new breed of engines in the 1940s. The modern engines ...

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