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Digital Transformation as the Key to Success in the Future of Work

Manuel Barragan, May 2023


Are you looking for ways to stay ahead in the game? Do you want to enhance the customer and employee experience while driving innovation and cost savings? If yes, then Digital Transformation is the way forward!


Key facts

Digital transformation is a journey that prioritises customer-centricity creating new opportunities based on data-driven insights to become more agile, efficient, and risk-savvy enabled by technology. By integrating customer and employee journey maps, organisations can improve commitment to organisational goals and create exceptional experiences for their customers and employees.


However, many organisations make common mistakes in their approach to fulfilling customers' and employees' experiences. One of the most significant mistakes is assuming that a one-size-fits-all approach will work for all customers and employees. Another mistake is neglecting to listen to feedback from customers and employees. Without feedback, it's impossible to improve the experience.




The Way Forward

By actively listening to feedback and making necessary changes, organisations can provide exceptional experiences for their customers and employees. And one key area to focus on is collecting and analysing the voice of the customer (VOC) data. This can help businesses identify areas for improvement and develop new solutions that better meet customer needs.


But, as an experienced CIO - CDO - Digital Transformation Director, I understand the challenges that Digital Transformation can pose for organisations. A recent study by Gartner found that 89% of CIOs believe that Digital Transformation is critical to their organisation's success. So, I recognize the immense benefits that Digital Transformation can bring to any organization, such as:

  • Bookings/revenue growth

  • Gross margin enhancements.

  • Improve customer experience

  • Increase efficiency

  • Reduce costs

  • Greater ROI

  • Innovate faster

  • New business models

  • Become more agile

  • Stay ahead of the competition

and a lot more.


Human First

One key aspect that people do not know is that Digital Transformation is not just about technology; it's also about organisational culture and the right mindset. Investing in training and upskilling programs, creating a culture of continuous learning and experimentation, and assessing digital maturity are key steps toward successfully navigating the digital landscape and thriving in the digital age. Effective executives need to empower their people with participative management and a culture of accountability to optimize resources and actions towards higher goals.


Having a strong organisational culture and data sharing are crucial factors in staying ahead in a competitive business environment. Having said that, at the heart of Digital Transformation is a people-centric approach that prioritises simplicity and automation in collecting data while focusing on business value generation, like the use of RPA, No-code low-code, and AI, which aligns perfectly with these principles and creates advanced factories with minimal human interactions. Adding other technologies like Cloud, Biometrics, and Business Intelligence, (among others) offer great opportunities for increased productivity and quality in various industries through human-robot interaction.


You can create a combination of Human and Artificial Intelligence (AI) workforce that can boost innovation, improve customer and employee experience, and stay risk-savvy. And with advancements in AI technology and data processing power, AI can be a valuable tool in Digital Transformation. In the end, by fostering a collaborative team working environment, growth, development to retain talent, prioritising simplicity, and automation in data collection, organisations can drive success in the digital era.


Other key points to consider

Data governance is an essential part of any digital transformation journey, and having a framework in place will help organisations tailor their governance program to their specific data types and information governance disciplines. By focusing on the right industry and function-specific use cases, organisations can leverage the benefits of data analytics for increased efficiency, innovation, and improved customer and employee experiences.


It's also important to choose the right data storage and analytics solution for a business, based on its existing architecture and goals for digital transformation. This emphasizes the need for a collaborative and agile approach to technology adoption and advises businesses to focus on developing organisational and technical maturity over time.

And last but not least, an effective approach to simplify and organize your digital workspace is the 5S, Kaizen, and Change Management frameworks (among others). These approaches can significantly improve overall digital efficiency and reduce costs while supporting Digital Transformation efforts.


Businesses that can successfully implement these initiatives will be well-positioned to succeed in the future.


Conclusion

It’s important not to overlook the human side of transformation, which may be an essential metric to consider to thrive in the future of work. Let's focus on humanizing change and embracing human-cantered leadership to unlock the full potential of Digital Transformation. Remember to focus on these key traits when working in a team: communication, flexibility, accountability, trust, creativity, and respect.


Digital Transformation is no longer optional but necessary for organisations to remain competitive. But it is not easy. It requires a significant investment of time, money, and resources. And it requires a commitment from the entire organisation.


Remember, Digital Transformation is a journey, not a destination. It is an ongoing process of change and improvement.


What are your thoughts on Digital Transformation? What are some of the challenges and opportunities that you see?

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