D is for digital

This post is part of a continuing series, “Digital: from A to Z,” that explores what it means to be “digital” from A to Z, broken down into individual blog posts diving deeper into various subjects. Check back regularly to see continuing posts as I work my way through the alphabet and let me know: What’s in your A to Z of digital? You can find me on twitter @Max_Hemingway or leave a comment below.

Digital is a word that we hear in everyday conversations and its connotations grow on a daily basis. In short, it is a term that is used to describe the advancements in how we consume and use technology within our everyday lives and enhance and improve businesses and its effects on the human race.

Being Digital is not necessarily just about having the latest gadgets, but more around how you use the technology, what you do to integrate things together, automate things and improve your work and home lives.

From a business view this is about growth and transforming through processes and technology, utilising the latest inventions and ideas to automate and reduce costs. Bringing together systems and solutions through API’s and Integration, changing the way business is done.

Transforming to a Digital Enterprise (#AchieveDigital) is about how you can achieve these things in little or big steps depending upon what your goals are.

The transformation journey can include:

  • Strategy and Direction
  • Vision and Roadmap
  • Outside-in approach
  • Working with partners and companies that can provide digital capabilities
  • Agile approach
  • Funding digital changes and learning to fail fast
  • Customer demands
  • Competition advancements
  • Industry directions (ie Industry 4.0 for Manufacturing)

Our CTO, Dan Hushon, gives us a clear take on digital transformation in his blog post, “Transforming to a digital enterprise”:

Digital leaders understand, however, that simply implementing certain technologies isn’t going to be enough to succeed in a world that is becoming more transformed every day. To thrive on the change happening all around us, we have to view “digital” as a comprehensive shift that touches every aspect of the business, from leadership style to products and services. This is the essence of the 21st century organization.

One of the most important steps on this journey is being able to accept change and encourage innovation to create enhancements that drive the direction towards being digital.

Join me next time as I look at, ‘E is for Evolution’ in my Digital A-Z series.  See my last post, C is for Cobot.

This entry was originally posted in Max’s blog.

Max Hemingway is a senior architect for DXC in the United Kingdom. With more than 25 years of experience, he has a broad and deep range of technical knowledge and is able to translate business needs into IT-based solutions. Currently the chief architect of the BAE Systems account in the UK, Max has a proven track record acquired through continual client engagement and delivery of leading edge infrastructures, all of which have delivered positive results for end-clients, including IT cost reduction, expansion of service capability and increased revenues.


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