What is Digital Transformation? – Keys, Steps, and More
What is Digital Transformation?
Digital transformation is a process that consists of reorienting a company towards the application and use of emerging technologies. As we have said, this process does not simply mean applying technology to departments because technology does nothing by itself. It is about giving meaning to digital transformation for the organization’s benefit and, therefore, a process of cultural change, organizational change and, finally, the application of new technologies.
Digital transformation involves completely rethinking an organization, from top to bottom, to adapt it to how today’s world works fully. For this, we take advantage of the opportunities offered by technology, the characteristics of the new worker and also, the new organizational systems to survive in an unpredictable and also, increasingly competitive and fast environment.
The first step we must take is cultural change. Is the organization prepared for a traumatic change like this?
Keys to the Transformation of a Digital Company?
- Cultural change
- Training in digital skills and skills necessary for the digital world
- organizational change
- The gradual incorporation of exponential technologies
What the process entails. The changes that must be undertaken begin with people; people have to change their mentality and also, open themselves to change. I always say that you have to help them get out of their comfort zone and what is the best way to do it, giving them the best tools and developing their skills and, above all, the digital skills or “soft skills” necessary to face changes with confidence.
Changing the classic organization models for liquid organization models is necessary, and implementing agile methodologies and agile organization systems is fundamental.
It should also add that it is essential that senior management is involved in the transformation project, creating a team of opinion leaders of, champions and internal sponsors who help build trust within the transformation process for the rest of the organization and serve as referrers. It will help you overcome the opposition to change that naturally arises and have a preventive antidote against anti-leaders.
Finally, it is time to apply the technology to the entire organization already preparing for it. We will be ready to govern the organization by creating a data-driven company at that time. In this way, the changes will be accepted, and the organization will be prepared so that, little by little, technology becomes an intrinsic part of the organization.
What Have been the First Steps in the Digital Transformation
Most companies took their first steps in digital transformation in marketing and also, business and process automation (BPM, ERP, CRM). In general, until the arrival of the pandemic, they were isolated activities that did not coexist within a digitized organization. Therefore, as has been shown, they were not genuinely digitized organizations.
Emerging Technologies that Support Digital Transformation
The Main Technologies and Methodologies that we Can Use to Start a Process Of Digital Change Are:
- Cloud Computing
- IoT (5G y 6G)
- Big Data
- Artificial intelligence
- Machine Learning
- Business Intelligence
- Marketing Digital
- Virtual Reality, Augmented and Extended Reality: Metaverse
- Assisted Mobility
- 3D printing or additive manufacturing
- Robotics and RPA
- Industry 4.0
There are also elements such as Compliance, Legality, Security and data protection that you should not forget.
Digital Transformation Plan?
Thanks to the digital transformation, we rebuild the dynamics of organizations to adapt them to the needs of the present and also, the future. In companies, digital transformation is a vital part of the business plan, so it is estimate by 66% of CEOs according to data published by the IDC consultancy.
Today, digital transformation is not an option. Today’s companies can no longer consider adapting to this new scenario because there is no other way to renew and compete than drawing up a digital transformation plan.
The Digital Transformation Plan must Contain these Elements:
- Plan to undertake the change towards a digital culture
- A Global training plan to give our employees the tools (soft and also, hard skills) they need for change
- A reorganization strategy for the organizational arrangement
- A goal is to redefine positions and functions
- A specific training plan for new profiles
- A method for incorporating new professional shapes such as an Agile Coach or a CIO.
- A progressive technological plan from more minor to more