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17 May 2019 | 0

Why digital transformation fails and eight things you can do to succeed

It is well documented that over 70% of digital transformation projects fail. At ICS we believe that this failure rate can be dramatically improved. In doing so, this will release resources and pressures on IT professionals who are often left to carry the can.

The truth is, that despite digital transformation projects often sitting as the sole responsibility of the IT department, failure often occurs due to a lack of realisation within the business of how digital projects can succeed. For a digital project to truly succeed, the culture of an organisation needs to change through a coordinated approach, a clear change management strategy and a plan for building capability within an organisation.

As a non-profit membership organisation, our focus is to help all professionals and organisations to use IT better. We have been busy developing a number of initiatives to help you succeed at digital transformation, particularly with regard to capability planning. 




Developing talent and skills throughout the organisation is one of the most important factors for success in a digital change effort. So where do you start?

According to the McKinsey Global Survey 2016, digital transformation projects are 150% more successful when we redefine individuals’ roles and responsibilities so they align with a transformation’s goals. This can help clarify the roles and capabilities the organisation needs.

Those who bridge potential gaps between the traditional and digital parts of the business are the people most likely to help foster stronger internal capabilities among colleagues. These team members help translate and integrate new digital methods and processes into existing ways of working.

These integrators are business agile because they typically have experience on the business side and also
understand the technical aspects and business potential of digital
technologies. They can see the bigger picture and understand that, done
correctly, digital transformation will reduce the mundane parts of a
role and free up capability for more interesting and challenging work
for most staff. 

Companies who have completed successful transformations have a better-funded and more robust approach to talent than others do. Transformational success is 300% more successful when organisations have invested appropriately in digital talent.

The report goes on to identify 8 key factors which cumulatively help to make a 300% improvement possible. To help you, our members, get the most of your membership we have outlined these factors below along with the ICS resource available to help you address these areas. All of them are available either free (eg CareerPlus) or at a reduced rate to all members.

1. Leadership development – Offering leadership development programmes and business agility courses focused on leading cross-functional teams can improve success by a factor of 210%

Resources: ICS Leadership Development Programme – www.ics.ie/leaders, Mastering Flow Fundamentals course for business agility – www.ics.ie/training  

2. Learning specific opportunities – Offering individual learning modules to develop specific skills can improve success by a factor of 140%   

Resources: Certificate in Business Analysis – www.ics.ie/training, ICDL Workforce – digital skills – www.icdl.ie/workforce, ICS professional certification – www.ics.ie/training 

3. Learning opportunities – general – Offering multi-session learning programmes to develop employees’ knowledge and training in new behaviours and mind-sets can improve success by a factor of 160% 

Resources: ICS member events & conferences – www.ics.ie/events, ICS member resource libraries www.ics.ie/resources, Mastering Flow Fundamentals course for business agility – www.ics.ie/training 

4. Skill building requirements – Defining which skill building programmes are necessary to run can improve success by a factor of 170%

Resource: CareerPlus assessment reports – www.ics.ie/cpd 

5. Skills gap assessment – Quantifying the gap between current and needed skills to deliver digital products and services can improve success by a factor of 170%

Resource: CareerPlus assessment reports – www.ics.ie/cpd 

6. Recruitment goals – Setting recruitment goals based on specific skill sets can improve success by a factor of 180%  

Resource: CareerPlus bespoke job profile creator – www.ics.ie/cpd 

7. Skills identification – Identifying the skills required to deliver digital products and services can improve success by a factor of 190%
Resource: CareerPlus – self assessment tool – www.ics.ie/cpd 

8. Management development & coaching – Offering programmes to develop coaching skills and new ways of working can improve success by a factor of 190% 
Resources: ICS Management Development Programme – www.ics.ie/training, CareerPlus – informal CPD activities – www.ics.ie/cpd 

Upcoming courses

SQL Queries for Beginners21 May – Dublin – €75 off for members

European Certified Data Protection Officer Training12 June – Dublin – €330 off for members 

Software Asset Management24 July – Dublin – €219 off for members

Certificate in Business Analysis (QQI Level 8) – 12 September – Dublin – 25% funding available

Mastering Flow Fundamentals19 September – Dublin – €85 off for members

Introductory Blockchain workshop24 September – Dublin – €151 off for members

IT Asset Management Foundation Certification9 October  – Dublin – €165 off for members


An introduction to ITIL 4 – 16 May – Dublin – Free for members

Annual ICS Fellows’ Luncheon17 May – Dublin

GDPR: One year on23 May – Dublin – Free for members

GDPR: One year on24 May – Cork – Free for members

Introduction to Blockchain for Data Protection Professionals30 May – Dublin – Free for members

IT Architects Conference 201914 June – Dublin – €140 off for members 

For more information or to sign up for any of our courses visit www.ics.ie/events or e-mail training@ics.ie.

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