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May 2015 - IDC MaturityScape - Doc # 255709

IDC MaturityScape: Leadership Digital Transformation 1.0

Authors: Marc Strohlein, Fred Magee


This study describes IDC's Leadership Digital Transformation MaturityScape. It identifies the stages, dimensions, outcomes, and actions required for leaders to undertake successful digital transformation initiatives. This study also serves as a guide for business and technology executives to identify areas in need of improvement in support of digital transformation in five key areas or disciplines of leadership:

  • Ecosystem Awareness and Insight
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Organizational and Cultural Disruption
  • Agile Planning and Governance
  • Financial and Economic Leverage

IDC's Leadership DX MaturityScape provides an excellent framework for leaders to discuss and create plans for transforming leadership practices and attitudes to drive digital transformation in their businesses and business ecosystems. It builds on IDC's research on the transformational properties of the 3rd Platform, which encompasses mobility, cloud computing, social business, and big data and analytics (BDA). This study:

  • Describes the framework of IDC's Leadership DX MaturityScape in terms of how the five disciplines can be transformed, progressing from ad hoc and uncoordinated efforts through an aspirational view of fully optimized, continually transforming leadership
  • Provides guidance to business and technology executives on the areas in which they need to improve leadership DX competencies

This IDC MaturityScape will enable business and technology leaders to assess current state and readiness of their leadership competencies to undertake digital transformation as a competitive strategy.

"Leadership of digital transformation requires a nuanced set of skills and abilities, some of which may not come naturally to many executives," says Fred Magee and Marc Strohlein, adjunct research advisors within IDC's Research Network. "Leading digital transformation is inherently multifaceted and multidirectional — DX leaders must have the ability to create digitally fueled business visions; to attract "coconspirators" including customers, partners, and competitors to help realize the vision; and finally to orchestrate the myriad components needed to actually execute on the vision."


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