T is for Twenty-First Century Digital

This post is part of a series, “Digital: From A to Z,” that explores what it means to be digital. What’s in your A to Z of digital? Find me on Twitter @Max_Hemingway or leave a comment below.

The term Twenty-First (21st) Century Digital applies to the current century and how you are using digital to better your organisation and yourself.

Being digital is not necessarily about having the latest and greatest gadgets, but about how you use the hardware and software within your everyday work and home life. It is also about a mindset of being digital and how you look at it.

How digital are you? Lewis Richards from DXC Technology’s LEF (Leading Edge Forum) has created a digital test that shows you how digital you are. The LEF also has information that covers the topics of the 21st Century Organisation and 21st Century Human.

What can you do to be more digital? Here are eight things to start you off:

1. Be social

By far the easiest area is to look at your social presence and how you are using tools such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc. Follow people who are digital and read what they are doing. One of the great things about being social is the ability to interact with people. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of people you are following if they post something that peaks your interest. Develop and evolve your social profile and networks to show what you are doing around digital and don’t forget to post at least twice a week.

2. Use what you have

Look at the capabilities of the devices you have today and look to use them to their full potential using features such as integrated voice-activated assistants.

3. Automate

There are many automation tools available that can be used to create simple automation. Start with a simple automation of one of your daily tasks such as sending a text to your significant other when you have left work.

4. Create a personal knowledge system

Using the information on trends and digital shifts in the market place is important to learn what is happening today and future developments and innovations are coming out. Creating a Personal Knowledge Management System will help you manage the flow of this information and filter what you want to know.

5. Develop your skills

Create a development plan that includes things to help you become a 21st Century (Digital) Human and undertake the training. Put into practice what you have learnt to increase your digital knowledge and footprint.

6. Learn to program

You don’t necessarily need to know how to program in order to be digital; however, having an understanding of how things work helps with looking at connecting applications together with APIs or scripting a task to automate it. Learning a programming language will help you with this and also with experimenting.

7. Experiment

Experiment and try new things like IoT (Internet of Thing). Computers such as the Raspberry Pi are making experimenting easier, and now with the release of the Raspberry Pi Desktop with some inbuilt emulators, you can try things without having a Pi initially.

8. Use what you have learnt and encourage others

Passing on what you have learnt to others is a great method for checking your understanding of a subject, bringing others up to speed and encouraging others around you to become digital.

Consider becoming a STEM Ambassador to pass on your skills and experiences, encouraging young people into STEM subjects.

Join me next time as I look at “U is for usability” in my Digital A-Z series. See my last post, S is for social.

This entry was originally posted in Max’s blog.


Max Hemingway — Senior Architect

Max 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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