The BTD process starts by documenting and laying out a company’s strategy in a visualised form, then analyses and workshops through the skills and capabilities the company needs to execute the strategy, and only at the last stage forms a recommendation of the technological solutions needed to support the human capabilities at the centre of the transformation.
“I think it is very useful to have an external partner at the beginning of a transformation process to give guidance and courage. An outside party can efficiently neutralise the anxiety associated with change in an organisation. But as the Business Technology Design work goes on, people get more and more emotionally involved and eventually take the lead,” Nadbornik says.
Through the Business Technology Design method, Sofigate’s consultants are able to take a holistic view of a company’s strategy. In Lindström’s case, Sofigate planned and facilitated workshops, produced templates and presentations, arranged necessary training, organised and supported internal communications and documented a platform strategy.
“Sofigate’s model is clear and simple. Our company culture values practicality, and the results of the Business Technology Design process were practical and concrete enough so I could present them to the executive level in a format they could endorse. Business Technology Design bridges the ambition between conceptual thinking and practical next steps,” Nadbornik muses.
“YOU ARE HERE”
One of the most valuable results of a Business Technology Design process is the Business Capability Map. The map is a visual tool that ensures business and IT work together and speak the same language.
“Everyone in an organisation wants to do a good job, but not everyone intrinsically understands how their work impacts others and how they can have a say on where the organisation is heading. The Capability Map is like the red dot on a map saying ‘You Are Here’. It sounds simple but knowing where you are is a huge power!” Nadbornik says.
Now the groundwork is underway, Nadbornik and Lindström are prepared to take the next steps in the company’s digital transformation.
“I’m confident we have a good start with the capability map and we can now communicate effectively with all stakeholders globally. Next we will integrate into the strategy work with a next-level breakdown of our digital ambitions. Transformation is not a project, it’s a process. Talk to me in six months and things will be different again!” Nadbornik concludes.