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IT Transformation - Top 10 Hints

So maybe I'm a bit biased (since I'm in it!) but I really think it’s worth a few minutes of your time to watch the video on IT Transformation Top 10 Hints (link at the end of this post). Yes, some of the hints will make you think "DUH, who doesn't know that?" But you would be surprised at how many people I run into that don't think about any of these things, let alone all of them.


I’ll be posting a series of blogs covering the Top 10 Hints. Today I want to comment on Hint #10 - Small and large transformations can be equally complex.


I'm guessing your first reaction is "no, larger transformations are more complex." Yes, scale adds effort, but not a proportional amount of complexity. Are 100 locations really that much more complex than 10? Not really, in my opinion, since all you’re doing is the same tasks for more locations. Absolutely, a little more complexity, but really just more work. You still need governance, you still need program management, you still need logistics planning, and of course, there are still business interactions and scheduling. (Learn how HP Data Center Transformation Services can help.)


I might even argue that having more sites reduces some complexity, due to scale. It's a lot easier to load balance 100 systems than 10 systems since you have more flexibility in what to put where.


Bottom line, whether you agree with my view or not, is that you should not underestimate the complexity of your transformation program, regardless of the size of your environment. It will take a lot of upfront planning, a lot of ongoing coordination, a lot of work, and a lot of testing. Don't take these as reasons not to do it, though — the benefits of transformation vastly outweigh the costs.


Watch the video: Episode Overview: Top 10 Tips for Planning Your IT Transformation

Mark Wilkinson | ‎11-22-2011 02:47 PM



Absolutely agree with the 10 points you highlighted but would also add that you also have to great communications and trust in order to ensure you have the best opportunity for success. 

markjgrindle | ‎11-22-2011 02:51 PM

Great comment and you are absolutely right Mark, communications is critical to successful Transformation.  And most other programs!

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Mark joined HP in January 2007 as a Business Consultant for the Data Center Transformation team. His role is to assist HP customers in dete...

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