How Dx Powers the Post-Pandemic Institution
Many colleges and universities embarked on transformative journeys during the pandemic, whether they were ready or not, as a means of survival. Along with moving everything online, institutions reexamined their business models and considered new ways to provide value. Now is the time to take advantage of that momentum and build on it. Now is the time to work together across the institution to move forward on the Dx journey.
Navigating the pandemic has required institutions to become more flexible and agile than ever before. That experience has helped many colleges and universities overcome what can be a major obstacle to digital transformation: a reluctance to change and adapt. Leaders can take advantage of this moment to move forward with Dx initiatives, using the institution’s newfound versatility to power meaningful change.
Culture Shift: Building Institutional Readiness for Digital Transformation
Dx Strategy Design Framework
A Dx-ready culture is a focused one, zeroed in on institutional goals. It is adept at change management and is agile enough to rapidly adjust to changing needs. A Dx culture emphasizes coordination, collaboration, and shared goals, as well as an openness to new strategic directions and priorities.
Workforce Shift: The Changing Role of the IT Organization and the CIO
The impact of digital transformation goes beyond our existing work. Digital transformation also creates completely new jobs and requires a new set of competencies across the institutional community, including data-related expertise, enterprise architecture knowledge, business liaison roles, and skills such as communication, critical thinking, and teamwork. Fueling the Dx journey also requires an institutional commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion to provide an optimal work environment and to attract staff with varied capabilities, talent, and perspectives.
Technology Shift: Preparing the Technology Ecosystem for Digital Transformation
New technologies do not by themselves bring about digital transformation. And yet leaders must understand not just the new technologies that are available to them but also how to apply those technologies strategically in service of the institutional mission. Technology leaders must create digital environments that provide unprecedented flexibility while managing a complex technology ecosystem in a way that enables the institution to rapidly and efficiently achieve its strategic aims.
Community and Partners
- Webinar: Leveraging Digital Transformation Principles to Effect Institutional Change (November 4)
Reports & Articles
- Enterprise Technology as a Catalyst for Digital Transformation at Baylor: An EDUCAUSE Research Case Study
- The Adjacent Possible for Higher Education: The Digital Transformation of Faculty
- Getting Ready for Digital Transformation
- Digital Transformation Signals: Is Your Institution on the Journey?
- Consider the 3 Ds When Talking about Digital Transformation
- Top IT Issues, 2021: Emerging from the Pandemic
- Dx and DEI: Connecting the Pieces through Enterprise IT
- Flexibility, Agility, and the Three Dx Shifts: Culture, Workforce, and Technology
- EDUCAUSE QuickPoll Results: Institutional Engagement in Digital Transformation
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