On our way to the Digital Enterprise

On our way to the Digital Enterprise

< Overview Blog, News 13-11-2017

You can see the Digital Transformation as a new era. Organisations can communicate with (potential) customers, suppliers and employees via a range of digital channels. Not yet as a replacement for all other channels, but supplementary to them. This era probably already began with the development of the first computers, but the origin of Internet and mobile devices in particular made it possible to stay connected to each other via a digital path, always and everywhere (consciously or subconsciously).

  Why we are now combining this under the name of Digital Transformation and why we are paying specific attention to it is a question that is difficult to answer. It’s probably the result of a combination of factors (in random order): our urge for a new hype, the necessity for (especially) companies to not miss the boat and the fast rise of new technologies such as Cloud, IoT, RPA and AI have all given rise to this.   The challenge of Digital Transformations isn’t so much in (information) technology. That technology is available, now considerably robust and often also relatively simple to implement (Cloud) within an organisation. The challenge lies in changing, innovating or expanding the processes and organisation in coherence with and whilst making optimal use of that technology. And before that, in thinking up a brilliant application of the technology, making sure you are a number of steps ahead of the competition again. The latter requires creative minds and visionaries. Implementing the change in process and organisation demands experience and perseverance. And both demand common sense and sensible entrepreneurship, making sure the investments which must be made ultimately also actually deliver what was desired and expected.   Companies which are already ‘Digital’ (or think they are) will have to further transform digitally. Perhaps we just refer to that as innovation again. These are often young companies which carry little ‘baggage’ with them.   The path to a full Digital Enterprise is one of many (sometimes small) steps. A path where you shouldn’t be afraid of taking a wrong turn every now and then. And sometimes even a step back, in order to absorb the total picture again and to be able to think a few steps ahead. Advisors such as Transition Experts can help you with this. Transition Experts has experience in changing organisations, processes and technology. We acquire the knowledge of the business from the organisation and combine this with our transition management experience, knowledge of the technological developments, IT architecture, security aspects and compliance aspects. Concrete plans subsequently emerge from this mix for the first steps on the way to Digital Transformation.

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