Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019: ContinuousNext Imperative for Digital Trend!

By Veritis

Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019

Industry is evolving at a rate that continuous development/deployment/release can only make the companies beat the competition.

Leading researching agency Gartner emphasized on the same at the ‘Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019’ held recently in Toronto.

“ContinuousNext is a strategy to achieve success in a world that is constantly changing,” says Gartner.

Chris Howard, Distinguished VP Analyst at Gartner, said the same in his opening keynote at the symposium, explains the same in his following statement:

If you pursue the right strategy and quickly adapt to what’s next, you will be ready to deal with sustained and rapid change. This builds momentum through and beyond digital transformation using the approach we call ContinuousNext  – Chris Howard, Distinguished VP Analyst at Gartner.

Addressing the 900 CIOs and IT leaders, Chris recommended to begin with a formula ‘(Mindsets + Practices) X Technology = Capabilities’.

Key Recommendations from the Gartner IT Symposium 2019 for CIOs and IT business leaders on implementing the ‘ContinuousNext’ strategy:

ContinuousNext Strategy

1) Privacy

Privacy and creating trusted digital connections stand key to the success of the ContinuousNext strategy. According to the agency, the matter of privacy has broadened with consumers keeping a close watch on privacy settings and expressing unwillingness to compromise on data security for convenience. Hence, the companies need to perform a balancing act in deriving value from consumer data and protecting the same.

Privacy is now a board-level issue, and CIOs need to maintain data protections to ensure a dynamism that supports ContinuousNext evolution

2) Augmented Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is going to be a game changer all together. Advancements in AI are rapidly transforming into Augmented Intelligence, where AI capabilities meet the next bigger level. From the level of reading comprehensions in different languages, AI is advancing to the level of working as learning systems that rely heavily on data than programming.

Clearing the misconceptions that ‘AI will replace humans’, Gartner clarifies saying, “Organizations beginning to use AI is not to replace humans, but to augment the work they’re able to do. People work side by side with AI, which extends their capabilities and makes jobs more impactful,”

The most impactful AI implementations are those in which people interact with the technology in a collaborative system.

3) Continuous Modernization

Organizations should start moving away from legacy infrastructure and modernize core business activities to drive digital transformation. Gartner calls this ‘continuous modernization’!

However, success in this area lies in shaping relationship with business through partnerships, change in mindset towards legacy infrastructure in line with the dynamism that is key to continuous modernization effort, and insights and information sharing among leaders, allies and teams.

“A renovated core technology platform that is continuously modernized will spring you forward into the next phase of your ContinuousNext journey,” says Katherine Lord, VP Analyst, Gartner.

4) Digital product management

“Digital product management is a core imperative of ContinuousNext, and accelerating adoption means that if you don’t start soon, you may never catch up,” says said Hung LeHong, Distinguished VP Analyst at Gartner.

The agency pitches on ‘product-centric delivery’ to achieve success in digital product management, citing the success of top performers who implemented this approach.

Shifting to a digital product mindset, organizations can put customers at the center of their development.

5) Culture

Dynamic culture is key to enabling ContinuousNext, says Gartner, stating that 46 percent of CIOs consider ‘culture’ as a barrier to achieving the progress in digital business. Kristin Moyer, Distinguished VP, Analyst at Gartner recommends ‘culture hacking’ as an effective and smart way to bring in cultural transformation within an organization.

Gartner says culture hacking helps organizations turn barriers into accelerators. “Culture hacking takes change off the horizon and inserts it into people’s day-to-day,” says the firm.

By 2021, CIOs will be as responsible for culture change as are Chief Human Resource Officers, says Gartner

On an End Note
What’s next? The ContinuousNext is awaiting your welcome to give you the expected results out of digital transformation trend. Gear up to the next big change!

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