With digital transformation now a must for many businesses – large and small – Alex Wilkinson, Client Delivery Director at Cranford Group, shares his seven-step guide to overcoming the obstacles most commonly related with these change projects…
1. Define the scope of the project
For some organisations, a digital transformation programme could involve a relatively simple move from an on-premise to off-premise cloud infrastructure. Other businesses may be readying themselves to build their own secure data centre or roll out a complex multi-cloud strategy. Whatever the venture, the scope of the project needs to be clearly defined and communicated, so that objectives and timescales can be mapped out and agreed by all relevant stakeholders.
It is important to remember that everything is relative too – what represents a straightforward transition for one team could prove a huge challenge for the next. A well-articulated plan ensures expectations can be managed from the outset, and potential obstacles anticipated and mitigated.
2. Prioritise people
Irrespective of the technology or operating model that is selected for a digital transformation project, the involvement of the right people is key. In fact, overlooking the role that humans play in such schemes, is one of the most common reasons why projects fail – or at least encounter stumbling blocks.
Around 90% of digital transformation projects take place to make the lives of people easier, in some respect. So, to neglect people-centric considerations throughout the assignment seems ludicrous. This should remain in sharp focus from day one, through to completion, and beyond.
The right people are required to deliver the transformation too. Do they have the required skill-set? The necessary mindset? Are there gaps within the team? These questions need to be answered before anything else takes place.
3. Complete a competency framework
Digital transformation is one of the most overused phrases in the business environment at

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