Younes Hairej

Shin-Gi-Tai: A Holistic Approach for Effective Transformation

Digital transformation has been a top priority for almost all businesses for quite some time. Some have achieved it successfully, while others have failed and reattempted them with different tools, techniques, and approaches. But only a few have got it right from the start and continue to do so for their next objective.  

Why is that? What elements are these businesses missing that bring down their digital transformation efforts or slow them down dramatically?

And what can be done about that? Let’s break it down one transformation at a time.

<span id="test" class="big-text" class="black-text" " fs-test-element="test">Key reasons why digital transformations fail</span>

<span id="test" class="black-text" " fs-test-element="test">Not starting with the right mindset</span>

Digital transformation is a wholesome process of modernizing infrastructure to applications to people with the same objectives directed towards a common goal. So, from management to IT teams, everyone should be on the same page with actions, expectations, and business benefits. Failing to set these expectations will strongly inhibit the digital transformation journey.

<span id="test" class="black-text" " fs-test-element="test">Fragmented Infrastructure</span>

If an organization’s tech infrastructure is not integrated well with other tech components such as user applications, business applications, and other business processes, you will need a detailed roadmap to modernize and integrate infrastructure and applications. Going with digital transformation without such a plan would result in an incoherent infrastructure (again) without real business value.

<span id="test" class="black-text" " fs-test-element="test">Lack of talent</span>

Digital transformation is a continuously evolving and dynamic process requiring innovation. Each stakeholder must keep up with the changing market dynamics, technologies, and infrastructure. Therefore, you must think on your feet while incorporating best practices to achieve desired digital transformation objectives. Unfortunately, many organizations fail to hire or engage the right talent, resulting in digital transformation failure.

<span id="test" class="black-text" " fs-test-element="test">Partnership Deficit</span>

Organizations often partner with a technology or infrastructure provider specializing in digital transformation and work with the internal team. However, engaging a partner without knowing your technology deficit can put your digital transformation at risk or make it too costly with a slower time to market. In addition, your technology partner must have adaptability and continuous improvement traits.

<span id="test" class="black-text" " fs-test-element="test">Cultural Deficit</span>

Organizational culture is one of the vital factors to digital transformation success, but unfortunately, it is the most ignored. Openness to change, adopting new technologies, and working in a new framework are some traits that should be embedded in the company culture to make the digital transformation a fruitful success.

<span id="test" class="big-text" class="black-text" " fs-test-element="test">How to proceed with digital transformation to avoid failure?</span>

By looking at the above reasons and other details, we must adopt a holistic approach that encompasses all the vital elements of a digital transformation and minimize failure risk.

An outcome-based strategic approach and a framework that brings people closer to the technology can be a definite digital transformation success.

<span id="test" class="italic-text" " fs-test-element="test">One example of such a framework is the Japanese Shin-Gi-Tai framework.</span>

Shin-Gi-Tai framework can be translated to digital transformation with three key elements:

Shin (Strategy and Objective) ensures that all stakeholders are on the same page with strategic direction, business goals, products & services, and market dynamics.

Gi (Technology and Data) identifies the need for modernizing technology assets with the right technology to build a robust foundation.

Tai (People and Process) brings people closer to technology and support them in its adoption to ensure maximum business value with utmost efficiency.

<span id="test" class="big-text" class="black-text" " fs-test-element="test">Aokumo and Shin-Gi-Tai Framework</span>

Shin-Gi-Tai framework is built into Aokumo’s DNA. It is not just the guiding principle but a companion to an outcome-based strategic approach that spearheads the digital transformation in the right direction to achieve maximum business value.

At Aokumo, ensure that all stakeholders know what changes are required in their infrastructure and why. We also conduct workshops for discovery, analysis, and awareness. Doing so brings everyone in the organization together for an effective digital transformation journey.

We identify technologies most suitable to your infrastructure, workloads, and company culture to make your organization future-proof from technology and cultural point of view. And that makes your digital transformation go a long way with sustainable business value and organizational growth.

While digital transformation is not a one-time project, a future-proof technology foundation must be built to support the roadmap and innovation. With the right mindset, holistic approach, dynamic methodology, competent technology partner, and cultural change, you can make your digital transformation successful and minimize failure risks.