Main priorities of a CIO to transform an organization digitally, CIO News, ET CIO

By Aryaan Parwez

The pandemic has had a major impact on businesses in terms of their digital footprint, and many different businesses are trying different ways to get out of it and make sure they manage assets and people more comprehensively. “Working from home was nothing new to the IT industry,” said Sudhir Kamvinde, CIO, Supreme Group. He explained that after the pandemic, “it became a challenge because even non-IT people” had to work from home.

The three main issues here are connectivity, information flow and security. “Digital transformation strategies have been accelerated due to covid,” adds Kamvinde. Previously, getting approvals to upgrade routers, bandwidth, and other necessities took time – Covid-19 being one of the main reasons all of these procedures were speeded up. “Next year, if you ask me the top three priorities, I would say take action to build an agile organization, making the most of the market opportunities created by large-scale digitization, and the third is focusing on security practices on an ongoing basis. these would be my 3 priorities.

Digital transformation – New normal

When we talk about digital transformation, we are also talking about a term that everyone seems to be using more and more often: “The New Normal”. Each industry has its own way of interpreting this term in a different way. The Covid-19 has taught us that the total unexpected can happen at any time. “We have to get out of this, no matter what. This is the first objective, ”added Kamvinde.

The digitization process was well underway before Covid, but other innovations and designed thinking are now being encouraged to prepare ‘for the future’. “I think to be ready for the future, we have to proactively anticipate change and not wait for it to happen, and this change should not be managed in the traditional way either,” he said. Explain.

Many organizations are moving away from their traditional cultures and adapting to new requirements. Utilization and productivity level certainly increased after companies shifted to a work-from-home model. “People do their best when they work from home, not to say it happens every day,” Kamvinde said. However, he also explained how it is now necessary for employees to work partially from home – “like 3 to 4 days of office work and 1 to 2 days of home work. You can adapt to that.”

Integrate design thinking into the corporate culture

The first priority of implementing designed thinking is to look at business requirements first. “We have connected all our factories with SD Wan. Very few companies use this technology. When this activity started, we connected the factories. Now we are moving to MES and also implementing the IOT, ”he exclaimed.

Their plan is to first identify the ideal digital transformation solution that would suit their needs, and then deploy it in a factory. If the implementation is successful, they released it for all of their factories. “It is something that we are following,” he added.

Organizations need to align with businesses, as all business functions are now IT driven. “As we’ve seen over the past two years with IT infrastructure and strategies, businesses across all industries can not only keep moving forward, but also thrive. This is what is expected. At the same time, the management of business requirements and expectations are two pre-requisites par excellence. Without managing the company’s expectations, IT cannot initiate any project.

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