Friday, 11 June 2021

What is Digital Transformation?

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Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation (DX) is the process whereby digital technology is integrated into all business areas to change the operations in terms of delivering better value to clients. This is not only an operation change, but also a cultural change that requires companies to analyse and adapt their processes constantly.

During the course of a digital transformation, strong leadership and vision are required to change the way employees work, collaborate and execute processes. This inevitably opens up new opportunities for companies to increase their competitiveness when it comes to best serving their clients.

Undoubtedly, the COVID pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation process by a new intrinsic need to provide contactless services. Workers were forced to work remotely from home, and companies have had to find innovative ways to alleviate the pressure caused by a rise in new technological requirements. Transformation technologies currently include the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and Wi-Fi 6.

Initial Drivers of the Digital Transformation Process

Pre-COVID, digital transformation drivers resulted from a need to physically move stock more quickly and effectively to various locations and counter any disruptions to business growth and operational efficiencies, albeit on a much smaller scale than during COVID.

Development of Agile Software

While there is now an abundance of online tools available, this has created a collaboration problem to ensure that all employees are on the same page and moving in one direction. Company executives have found themselves using the same digital transformation techniques for their staff that they used on their clients to ensure happy and productive employees, thus reducing staff turnover.

New Security Risks

As with any organisational change, digital transformation has presented IT departments with many data and network security challenges. Still, companies seem to be learning from their mistakes as an increased pace of data and network security upgrades are being implemented.

Planning and Targeting Digital Transformation Initiatives

Transformational initiatives will only succeed if carefully planned. While a transformation implies moving from one fixed state to another, digital transformation will need to result in a permanently agile state and not an inflexible one, as IT advancements established during COVID.

This will involve further IoT advances, new programming infrastructure, reimagined workflows, and possibly AI mechanisms that monitor and adapt to continuous changes. At the very least, the automation of routine tasks will need to be widely adopted to accommodate the demand for change.

However, the crux of digital transformation will be a balancing act – i.e. managing too much change happening too quickly or not fast enough. This can lead to the derailment of the entire process, as can poor leadership or employee engagement, cost-cutting drivers and substandard IT operations.

In instances such as these, it is best to approach an independent IT services provider that has experience with taking companies through this transformation process. Westech, an experienced IT service provider based in Gauteng, assists companies to future-proof their business by analysing their existing IT infrastructure and future requirements. They also advise on redundant equipment and cost-saving measures while prioritising and readying IT activities for migration.

Contact Westech to discuss a digital transformation strategy for your company.

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