My previous post talked of processes but IO programs can fail if they are only focused on the near term. If the program team doesn’t look past implementation or fails to anticipate the activities needed to sustain transformed operations after implementation, the anticipated benefits of the program may very likely fail to materialize or be significantly lesser in degree.
A clear definition of the future-state operations, that is, post-IO implementation, should include identifying the part of the enterprise that will taking ongoing ownership in order to sustain program-related changes.
Future-state considerations should be addressed during the program in parallel with design, development and deployment. Included in these considerations is the end state, at which point the business unit has tied the objectives of the program to the business plan and business representatives (such as engineering or operations employees) are serving as process owners and
Another set of future-state considerations is around personnel roles and responsibilities. New positions may need to be created and filled and new responsibilities clearly assigned and understood. Further user training processes which will become an ongoing function in the future state must be designed and put into place.
With regard to IO technology, a process for managing new enhancements needs to be designed and implemented and IT support / help desk processes should be adjusted as needed to continue functioning smoothly.
To ensure IO sustainability, other support processes should also be addressed. These include:
- Engineering support of new solutions
- Procurement / legal processes
- Support of new collaboration environments
- Competency changes
- Tracking required for regulatory purposes
- Data quality issues such as instrumentation and calibration
Over the past few posts, I have outlined the four factors that the Wipro IO Team considers essential for IO program success. These are:
While these elements are recommended parts of any complex enterprise-wide program, these are essential to IO programs. I invite you to contact me if you want to discuss your company’s IO situation or want to express your views on this subject. Feel free to write in.