Gartner Research

Renovate the IT Core: Laying the Foundation for Digital Business

Published: 07 November 2014

ID: G00270828

Analyst(s): Heather Colella, Alvaro Mello

Summary

The digital economy demands that companies open themselves to the outside world through digital channels, and fully integrate their products and services with customers and business partners. A digital core supports the open and agile approach needed to stay relevant and thrive in this economy.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Question
  • Opportunities and Challenges
  • How This Report Will Help

Foreword

Executive Summary

  • A digital core is mandatory for the digital economy
  • Develop the right enabling capabilities to effectively support the digital core
  • How to begin the renovation journey and take it to success

A digital core is mandatory for the digital economy

  • What the digital core is and why you need one now
  • Renovate enterprise applications to build your digital core
  • Link to the outside world with an open service-oriented architecture
  • Digital business requires advanced analytics

Develop the right enabling capabilities to effectively support the digital core

  • People, vendors and digital governance define the journey
  • Not every vendor/service provider is ready to embark on the journey with you
  • The mindset to look for in your digital talent: Sharing, agility and openness
  • Build IT credibility through the right digital governance
  • Unlock the power of IT with DevOps

How to begin the renovation journey and take it to success

  • Digital strategy, vision and board understanding are prerequisites
  • Renovating the core should be on the agenda of the board of directors
  • The renovation journey depends on the maturity of both the enterprise's digital business and its IT organization
  • The road map for the renovation journey is nonlinear and continuous
  • Conclusion

Further Reading

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