Global Transformation Readiness, Part 1

This four-part series by Deloitte Consulting experts Peter Elings and Douglas Oliver provides action items you need for a successful global transformation. The series includes a preparedness checklist (Part 1), guidelines on creating a governance model (Part 2), advice on standardizing data reporting and infrastructure (Part 3), and how to evaluate your organization's capacity and capability to achieve its global vision (part 4).

Is Your Organization Really Prepared?

As the drive for organizations to optimize and standardize their businesses globally increases, many are finding it difficult to define the appropriate global transformation strategy and to manage the resources, capital, technology, and information necessary to achieve the optimal level of globalization. Companies can optimize their level of globalization through a wide continuum of transformation strategies. For technology-enabled global transformation initiatives, organizations must answer tough questions about how the business operates currently and its future desired state. While any kind of transformation initiative will raise these questions, the challenges are amplified for organizations undertaking global transformations.  And while there are no "right" or "wrong" answers to these questions, the answers themselves can provide critical information on how each individual organization should proceed.

Today, many global transformation initiatives either fail to reach their end goal or take substantially more time and resources than originally planned because of unanticipated challenges.  Some companies discover that new processes and technologies are required to encompass the myriad of variables entailed in transformation. Other organizations find that they lack the organizational capacity, internal experience and knowledge to drive a global transformation initiative. Without having completed the work necessary to understand the business' current state and target destination, it is next to impossible to attain a successfully transformed future.

Assessing the organization's current state helps to uncover and bypass potential challenges before they occur. Performing a readiness assessment can offer a realistic picture of how much work needs to be done in preparation for the larger project. Such an assessment helps define which key business areas are the right areas to drive towards global standardization and what areas should remain regionally focused. And while there are no absolutes in this discovery work, what you find out will help to effectively structure your implementation.

There are five key areas that organizations should consider in assessing their global transformation readiness and defining their current and target states:

This article was originally published on 09-24-2010
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