Digital transformation provides enormous potential for organisations grow their businesses, albeit, they understand and plans for the prerequisites of the transformation. A key critical success factor of any digital transformation initiative is obtaining an understanding of and planning for all required forms of transformation.
A digital transformation initiative is a genuine attempt to change, upgrade, and extend an organisation’s business models and technologies so as to enable the organisation to:
A digital transformation can introduce:
A digital transformation will impact an organisation’s:
Specifically, the mainstream availability of a specific set of technology innovations and practices has enabled organisations to transform their businesses through enhanced automation and data intelligence to achieve greater business value and growth. This transformation results in changes to organisational culture and the positioning and allocation of human workers.
Business, technology, data and people
Although technology innovations are responsible for enabling digital transformation, the motivations, impacts, and influences of an organisation’s digital transformation effort go well beyond technology. These factors involve the organisation’s business, its data, and its people.
Digital transformation and business
Digital transformation is a genuine attempt to take an organisation’s business to a new level of growth and effectiveness by transforming:
When successfully realised, digital transformation can significantly reshape and enhance many aspects of an organisation’s business, including:
A common, overarching strategic goal of digital business transformation is to instill customer-centricity as being paramount to business models, automation, and the organisational culture.
A successful digital business transformation (including the attainment of a meaningful extent of enhanced customer-centricity) is enabled by the successful application of contemporary technology and data intelligence, along with the successful contributions of human workers.
Digital transformation and technology
What has made digital transformation possible is a set of technology innovations that enable organisations to carry out significant and meaningful business transformations.
The primary distinguishing automation technologies are:
The primary distinguishing data science technologies are:
Together, these technology innovations empower business capabilities in two primary areas:
An organisation's business requirements © Shutterstock.com and goals in relation to its planned digital transformation will help determine the correct combination of these technologies.
The utilisation of these technologies is driven by the requirements of the business, and they correspondingly generate and process data in support of business data intelligence requirements. Human workers can be further supported by the digital transformation resulting from the application of these technologies. In some cases, the new capabilities introduced by the solutions may allow manual tasks to be automated by the solutions.
Highly engaging leaders demonstrate that they are committed to helping their people to achieve their goals and to grow as people. They take an active interest in their team’s learning and development.
Digital transformation and data
Digital transformation leads to automated business processes that are naturally data driven. Data becomes a prime asset that empowers the organisation to develop sophisticated business automation.
The utilisation of contemporary data science technologies as part of a digital transformation can inject an organisation with large quantities of ‘data intelligence’, meaning the organisation will have the opportunity to:
Data intelligence can be used to improve automation and increase opportunities to automate manual tasks previously carried out by humans. Data intelligence can further support human workers responsible for carrying out decisions.
Digital transformation and people
The transformation of both business and technology landscapes within an organisation will naturally augment or reshape traditional organisational structures and change the way human workers contribute and relate to the organisation.
These changes to how human workers carry out new or improved business tasks, work with new technology, learn from new data intelligence, and collaborate and relate to the organisation in new ways, can lead to the formation of new organisational cultures, more integrated with digital capabilities and focused on customer-centricity
Digital transformation and organisations and solutions
An organisation undergoing a digital transformation will inevitably introduce benefits and impose challenges on its business operations, its technology ecosystem, the utilisation of its data, as well as its relationships with its human workers.
To proceed with a digital transformation, the organisation will need to develop digital transformation solutions, which are essentially applications responsible for automating and/ or contributing data intelligence, each of which may encompass one or more related business tasks.
Digital transformation provides enormous potential for organisations to improve and grow their businesses. Some initiatives fail because of too much emphasis on technology and/or data transformation. A key critical success factor of any digital transformation initiative is obtaining an understanding of and planning for all required forms of transformation.
If employees find meaning in their work and are valued for whatever they do, their motivation levels will always be at their peak. The best that any organisation can do is attach meaning to the employee’s work as a sense of meaning will win over the impediments that hinder employees’ growth in the organisation.
Employees are pretty observant; they do not miss much. The actions and behaviours they see modeled and the ideals their immediate supervisor appears to value will inform their decisions and behaviour at work. If they see a management team that prioritises tasks, efficiencies, and productivity (job functions), then that is what they will focus on—often at the expense of the company’s own mission.
To allay fears around change, make people aware that there is another side to this mountain and help them move toward it and around it. Remember that many innovations brought into the workplace throughout the twentieth century—the telephone, the computer, the internet—were greeted with resistance until they, too, became the new normal.
As much as we talk about a technology-driven economy, technology does not solve problems. People do. So how do we address the false belief that technology alone will solve all problems.
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