Why developing a Plug-and-Play tech strategy is critical

Technology is constantly evolving. Are you prepared to take advantage of the next big thing? At DL, we believe in the kind of luck that comes from being prepared for the future. Preparing yourself to take advantage of emerging technology requires vision and discipline.

Shift to a Plug-and-Play tech strategy. A Plug-and-Play tech strategy positions you to take advantage of the technologies of tomorrow as they emerge. This approach ensures portability and flexibility. By pivoting from on-premise IT assets to a subscription model is a way of future-proofing your organization. Future-proofing is a “built to change” paradigm. It’s a departure from the outdated “built to last” paradigm.

For instance, the requirement could be data visualization. You probably don’t care about which vendor you go with; you just want to visualize your data. Questions to consider are, does the vendor integrate into our tech portfolio? Are they the best value in terms of quality and cost? Do they have a low entry to user adoption? All these questions and more are important. But don’t kid yourself, the first question asked, integrating into your tech portfolio, is no small feat. To lower the bar of adoption, preparing your attitude to be Plug-and-Play is a critical first step.

So where do you start? Begin by developing your Vision & Mission for your desired to-be state. Talk with your stakeholders. Read key strategic documents. Assess the latest capabilities available in the venture capital portfolio. Capture the insights you discover in a future state vision. Conduct a Gap Analysis by evaluating your As-Is state against your ideal future state. What’s missing? Build your Roadmap & Investment Plan to plug those gaps. Prioritize your big items into tasks. Then, start working the tasks iteratively through Agile Sprints. Before you know it, you’ll be a Digitally Transforming Organization prepared to take advantage of new technology. As you progress, constantly measure the improvement of speed, cost, and quality. Celebrate victories and adjust the strategy as needed.

We just walked you through the high-level steps to make a Plug-and-Play tech strategy a reality. But look, this can appear complicated in practice. Here’s how to make it simple. Incrementally replace your business processes. If you’re feeling cautious, start in the back office before moving to the front office. The successes will pay dividends in the momentum needed for change.

There are several implementation mechanisms to consider, like SaaS. Check out the ProTips to see other mechanisms. These implementation mechanisms will increase your pivot speed.

ProTips | Implementation Mechanisms

  • Contractual mechanism: subscription
  • Pricing mechanism: pay-per-use
  • Technical mechanism: connecting through APIs
  • Provisioning mechanism: SaaS

The speed of technology evolution is accelerating. Increase the speed you can respond by treating all tech choices as temporary. By Making no commitment to any particular technology or vendor. A Plug-and-Play tech strategy empowers you to leverage evergreen solutions. It’s a robust and agile approach allowing you to pivot quickly to new business capabilities and improve mission outcomes.

Questions to consider when evaluating your Plug-and-Play approach:

• How does your strategy foster a viable data ecosystem to support data sharing and collaboration?
• How is your strategy optimizing the placement of the right workload on the right platform?
• What portion of your IT budget is spent towards keeping the lights on vs. spent on innovations?
• How will you measure future success in terms of improved mission outcomes?
• How are going to stay abreast of emerging techniques and technologies?

Jim Eselgroth

Jim Eselgroth

Deputy Chief Technology Officer

As Definitive Logic’s Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Jim helps government leaders optimize mission outcomes by leveraging technology, thought leadership, and change management techniques. Jim ensures excellence in the delivery of full life-cycle digital transformation activities, long-term technology strategy and vision planning, and innovation project portfolio management. Jim establishes standards and best practices delivering repeatable results. He has a track record of success implementing agile processes, sharing intellectual capital, and embracing change through continual process improvement. Finally, he provides thought leadership and technical expertise in support of key business development & marketing campaigns, vendor partnerships, and staff development. Jim has 26 years of experience as an expert problem solver, change manager, and data-driven divergent thinker.