A Proven Approach for Your Digital Transformation

Your biggest challenge driving digital innovation is not technology, but leading change. The most effective way to do this is to implement a bimodal IT strategy, combining the rock-solid conventional capabilities of IT with a new capability to deal with uncertainty and achieve the agility required for digital transformation.

We’ve taken our vast experience in guiding top brands and defined a roadmap to help customers execute on their digital goals. As we work collaboratively, your team will learn the processes, best practices and technology to successfully drive digital innovation. From Start to Structure to Scale, we help you lead the change required to digitize your business. Step by step.

Geoffrey Moore

The Essential Traits of Digital Innovators

Ignite creativity. Shorten the path from idea to application.

There is a core set of capabilities every organization needs in order to drive innovation. They serve as guiding principles and are required to ignite the creative process within your organization, shortening the path from idea to application:

  • Stimulate creativity
  • Release fast
  • Fail fast (and learn fast)
  • Continuously improve
  • Scale upon success

In most organizations, these capabilities are at odds with how IT operates since efficiency and reliability have been the primary drivers for years.

The Mendix Digital Transformation Roadmap is geared towards building these core capabilities taking a holistic and proven approach.

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Digital Execution: Your Starter Guide
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The 4 Ps of Digital Transformation

A holistic approach for leading the change

Mendix has identified four key aspects to take into account to successfully drive digital innovation.

Portfolio – Identify the right ideas for digital innovation. Categorize your application portfolio so that it’s clear which initiatives require a differentiated approach to investment management, governance, software development, sourcing, DevOps and others.

People – Identify the people, both from business and IT who can collaboratively deliver digital initiatives taking an agile approach. Define sponsorship and organizational embedding.

Process – Establish processes for iterative development and rapid deployment in a fail-fast, test & learn approach.

Platform – Position the Mendix Platform and apply best practices to rapidly develop and deploy digital applications.

BLOG: How to Implement Bimodal IT: Focus on the 4 P’s

BLOG: 7 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Implementing Bimodal IT

Start – Structure – Scale

Your roadmap for digital transformation. Tailored to your needs.

Start
Start small. Celebrate success.

Seeing is believing. The Start phase in the Digital Transformation journey focuses on rapid achievement of success with a first project. Establishing true Business & IT collaboration sparks the light on how a Mode 2 approach can unleash innovation. The team discovers how to leverage a (private) cloud platform to rapidly build digital applications.

BLOG: How to Prepare the Business for Rapid, Iterative ‘Mode 2’ Development

BLOG: 8 Considerations for Picking Your First Digital Innovation Project

BLOG: How to organize your first Mendix team

BLOG: Why Celebrating Success is a Crucial Element of Digital Transformation

Structure
Build the structure to accelerate innovation

The experience with the first project is the stepping-stone to applying a more structured approach to bimodal IT. This phase focuses on accelerating innovation by taking on multiple projects to support digital initiatives. Establishing a Mendix team, identifying training needs and deciding on a sourcing strategy are key objectives.

As the portfolio of Mode 2 applications grows, establishing the right architecture and principles for re-use, component based development, applying design patterns and QA is essential.

BLOG: How to Structure Mendix Teams for Optimal Results

BLOG: The 7 Keys to Deliver Better Applications Faster through Effective IT/Business Collaboration

Scale
Replicating success throughout the enterprise

Moving from Structure to Scale is about replicating success throughout the enterprise, establishing distributed innovation capabilities.

This requires more attention to governance on multiple levels, touching portfolio management, continuous integration and architecture. As projects get larger, alignment with the overall program is key. Some initiatives that started small but scaled rapidly upon success may be transferred to “Mode 1” style of operations.

The Mendix team transforms into a Center of Excellence that supports and guides large scale distributed development.

BLOG: Start-Structure-Scale: Why Digital Transformation Can’t Boil the Ocean

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