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Business Agility Needs Change Management And Instant IT® Automation

For years, executives have been encouraged to make their companies agile, but ongoing business agility has proven to be difficult to achieve. A top concern in C-suites is the ability of their organizations to modify individual and group behaviors when the organization must respond quickly to a change in company direction.

Successful transformation efforts address both big-picture fundamentals and everyday-detail changes in a company's operations.

Instant IT® Business Design, management of data and rules, and automation accelerate the speed of transformation.

Change management supports and facilitates the operating-habit shifts necessary to achieve and sustain it.

Business Design

The ability to quickly redesign ways to operate and how work will be done – organization, workflow, and action blueprints – is essential for business agility.

Consistent Data and Rules

Business design of work must be founded on solid definitions of data and rules that will be applied consistently to all processes, actions, and success measures.

Instant IT® Automation

Legacy IT is not adaptable and is an obstacle to implementing changes to the business quickly, which means that building agility begins with automating IT.

Change Management

Change cannot happen with a snap of the fingers but requires planning, transition guidance, and ongoing support to keep a transformation on track.

Adapting To New Market Demands Quickly Demands Agility

The paradox of becoming agile is that change is difficult, can’t be rushed, and yet must be accomplished quickly.

Companies are comfortable changing organization charts, deploying new systems and applications, and experimenting with new technologies. The challenge a business transformation presents is that all of these must be dealt with together.

Business agility begins with understanding what is required and setting objectives for a new business model and/or transformed operations. Operating units are asked to rethink, reinvent, and refine standard operating procedures and how work is organized, completed, and managed.

Obstacles To Overcome For Business Agility

Some organizations tried redoing the organization chart and roles and responsibilities. Others tried innovation labs and skunkworks. Neither approach created company-wide adaptability or agility. It takes more than desire or willingness to become agile: barriers to change must be recognized and managed. More than that, the way a transformation effort is undertaken needs to be reinvented to turn resistance into energy focused on operational success.

Operational specificity is a core component of adaptability. Too often, change is initiated with desirable goals and objectives but leaves unclear what responsibilities, work sequences, and activities will change. Lack of specificity leaves a lot to be worked out to complete the planned change and often results in confusion or disagreement, which takes extra time to clear up, which slows the entire process. 

Companies can more quickly devise news way to operate and get work done – organization, workflow, and action designs – with InfoNovus Business Design to eliminate the lack of operational specificity.

Here's more: How Infonovus business design supports unique business needs

Applications and systems purchased in the past by the business are difficult to modify. Legacy IT is labor-intensive, time-consuming, and expensive for IT staffs to support. Legacy IT is what Forbes calls “Digital’s Biggest Obstacle.”

Business agility starts with reinventing IT so that it is automated, easy to adapt, and economical. Instead of being constrained by legacy IT anchors, leaders use company goals to design the organization, workflow, and actions needed so IT automation can generate applications and systems for them.

Here's more: How InfoNovus provides 'IT solutions delivered instantly®'

Being adaptable means defining and sticking with a process that helps an organization move from its current state of operations to a new one. It’s like a sports team adjusting to a change in the rules: it takes more than communicating the change and what it means. It requires understanding what it means for the work of the team and specifying adjustments that need to be made by every individual.

Change management leaders, with plans and guidance spelled out, act like coaches on a team. These leaders make sure that training, development, and support is provided for everyone involved in transitioning to new business operations.

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Agile Business Transformations Need Initial And Ongoing Support

Company operations rely on standard operating procedures to function consistently. Taking deliberate steps to facilitate change dramatically increases the likelihood of a successful business transformation.

The pressures of digital disruptions, changing regulations, customer expectations, and shifting markets affect everyone in every company.

As organizations are asked or required to adapt to new goals, executives and managers must figure out how to alter their own and their employees’ ways of working, separately and together. Transforming a business operation deals with three important operational elements: the structure of operational workflows, processes, and organizations; the IT applications that support workflows, processes, and organizations; and the individuals and groups that do the work and use the applications.

Change management efforts often focus on the human resistance to change, which is a reality that must be handled with care. Just as important are the applications that support an organization's work because they affect the time and resources demanded of people tasked with completing a transformation. Instant IT® automation accelerates the design of new workflows and delivery of applications needed to implement new operations, which can reduce some of the normal resistance to change.

Companies Need Agility To Adapt To New Market Demands Quickly

Business today demands the ability to adapt quickly to changes in customer expectations and the competitive environment. Developing this ability needs change management for adaptable business operations and Instant IT® for automated business applications.

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IT-Business Alignment

InfoNovus Business Design is the foundation of IT-business alignment. It is focused on the operational needs of the business and, with Instant IT®, eliminates the issues of time, resources, technologies, or skills that affect legacy IT.

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Instant IT®

InfoNovus developed Instant IT® so companies can design the business operations they want, get their business applications instantly generated by computer, and manage, govern, and control business processes, rules, and data. Instant IT® helps companies be agile.

Business Agility And Adaptability Are Necessary In Today’s Marketplace

The depth, extent, and frequency of challenges companies face to transform services and operations drive the need for change management capabilities and a new, automated approach to IT.

Instant IT® is technology for developing and managing agile organizations.