Posted by: Derek Weeks on: February 15, 2011
Having trouble managing ongoing business transformation projects – large or small? You’re not alone. Last week, I held a webinar in which I discussed how business transformation efforts are often unsuccessful— and an overwhelming majority agreed.
When I asked the attendees to describe their ability to handle major and ongoing changes within their organization in a poll, 63% of participants indicated that it was “slow, painful and expensive” and 31% said that efforts were “disjointed and siloed.” Meaning only 6% of the 83 participants who responded believed that their organization “could be an industry model for business transformation.”
I’m not surprised. Often, organizations struggle to manage change because they lack a consistent approach to business transformations. Determining the end goal of a transformation (whether it be upgrading to a new technology, seeking operational efficiency, or staying ahead of competitor innovation) is one thing, but trying to figure out a successful, cost effective way to roll out the transformation takes deep insight into the day in and day out activities and processes within the organization.
What organizations need to do is figure out how to communicate and collaborate across the enterprise so they can break down the obstacles to change. One way to achieve this is to align the organizational structures against a framework that enables organizations to prioritize and manage transformation initiatives – while also providing visibility into key organizational practices and providing vehicles to help people in cross-functional roles communicate and work together more effectively.
Today, Metastorm announced a new Business Transformation Practices Framework that is designed to do just that. The framework helps organizations eliminate the competing practices and communication barriers that prevent change and help them prioritize and manage transformation initiatives to achieve consistent and repeatable processes across current and future transformation activities. The framework is complementary to and integrated with the Metastorm ProVision® and Metastorm BPM® software – ensuring that multiple, business transformation initiatives can be tracked, monitored, implemented and fine-tuned through business architecture and business process adjustments on an ongoing basis.
If you’d like more information about the Business Transformation Practices Framework, you can contact me or go to www.metastorm.com/transform to read white papers, download solution sheets and register for upcoming business transformation webinars. An onDemand video of The Power of Business Transformation webinar from last week is also available here.
I also encourage you to join me for my next webinar – How to Manage Industry-Specific Change Using a Business Transformation Practices Framework – on Tuesday, March 15th at 11:00 am EST, register here.
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