This IDC study, written for senior technology executives, explores the issues raised in IDC's 2016 FutureScape CIO Agenda Prediction 8: "By 2017, 60% of digital transformation initiatives will not be able to scale because of a lack of strategic architecture" (see IDC FutureScape: Worldwide CIO Agenda 2016 Predictions, IDC #259969, November 2015). Driving this prediction is the increasing availability of external services and the shift in sourcing as IT investments in digital transformation are made by functional and LOB executives as well as the CIO. When these decisions are uncoordinated, redundancy, complexity, and cost creep into the environment. If unchecked, integrated omni-experience will be increasingly difficult, inflexibility will increase, and the speed of change will slow down until the entire transformation initiative is stalled. IDC believes that the opportunity exists for enterprises to head off this impending threat to their transformation initiatives and their enterprise and that this represents a significant opportunity for CIOs to provide value and leadership in consolidating and coordinating digital IT investments for the enterprise.
"IT leaders have a responsibility to help their organizations learn from the past and avoid a return to the bad old days of uncoordinated sourcing, unconstrained complexity, and the inability to respond to business changes," say Mike Rosen, vice president of research with IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP).