What Can You Do to Move Ahead in Your Digital Transformation Journey?
March 02, 2020

Akshaya Choudhary
Cigniti Technologies

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To ensure the success of digital transformation, organizations should have a committed and digitally-savvy leadership on board, follow agile methodologies, and implement strategies that begin from outside to inside.

Digital transformation has not merely remained a buzzword but has become a strategic requirement for enterprises to stay competitive. It is the way forward to be in tune with emerging technologies, shifting customer preferences, and trendy methodologies. Thanks to the advent of digital technologies and their role in disrupting the business and technology landscapes, new customer segments and markets have come into being.


So, to conquer such markets and sway the sentiments of customers into buying one’s products or services, enterprises should aim at providing superior user experiences. However, these should be done faster and in a seamless manner. Since the opportunities are limitless, organizations should opt for digital transformation services to initiate the change. The change could be related to their processes, tools, methodologies, or strategies.

Any digital marketing strategy is underpinned on technology but making it a success needs additional efforts. These relate to changing an organization’s operating and business models, and its overall work culture. This also means engaging digital transformation services for integrating voluminous data to understand the customer behavior. Digital business transformation is about aligning your business with the requirements of the modern world. This leads to making the business open to innovation, agility, and adaptability. Further, enterprise digital transformation is not a one-off activity but a continuum in evolution. However, statistics point to the fact that implementing digital transformation solutions does not always lead to success. In fact, the success rate is abysmally low to the tune of 11 to 26 percent. So, before getting into the ways to move ahead in the transformational journey, let us find what it is all about.

What is Digital Transformation?

It is the process to build new or modify existing business workflows, IT systems, and work culture using the latest digital technologies to deliver superior customer experiences. It is also about analyzing the needs of an organization and planning suitable strategies to meet the changing dynamics of the market.

The challenges thwarting the success of such a transformation include the presence of disparate legacy systems, omnichannel environments, untrained resources, steep billing, and inadequate security of the IT architecture, among others.

How to Move Ahead With Your Digital Transformation Strategy?

The factors driving the success of your transformation journey are as follows:

A committed and savvy leadership: At the outset, the top management should draw the right strategies to go about the transformation process. These may include identifying technologies, tools, platforms, and databases for the existing systems to migrate. A committed and savvy leadership is important to implement the strategies, clear the cobwebs, and break down siloes across departments. If the CEO or CTO is clear of the whole strategy, he or she can drive the transition by removing bottlenecks. Moreover, since transformation also involves changing the organization’s work culture across processes and departments, a top-down approach is advisable.

Agility: To meet the challenges of the digital era, an organization has to be agile. In other words, it should follow a collaborative model among various functions and processes. Adopting CRM or ERP software can help in streamlining operations, monitoring resources, communicating with stakeholders, improving efficiency and productivity, reducing glitches, and enhancing customer experiences. Importantly, enterprises should emphasize on a well-trained staff that is well-versed with the objectives of digital transformation and various security protocols to be followed while running the software.

An outside-in business strategy: Given the fact that customer experiences determine the success (or failure) of any organization, the digital transformation strategy should follow the customer-first approach. Thereafter, it should work inwards to improve capabilities, cut bottlenecks, and streamline the delivery mechanism across the organization. This is important as modern customers armed with a wealth of information and digital connections, compare products or services with others before choosing one. To meet such expectations, companies should use technologies that are used by their customers. Also, they should draw insights from the captured customer data to analyze and act quickly.

Connect the front, middle, and back office: Delivering great customer experiences entails streamlining the customer-facing platforms, distribution channels, databases, IT operations, and other resources. To meet the high expectations of digitally-savvy consumers, organizations should overhaul their front, middle, and back offices. The thrust should be towards improving connectivity and transparency in the supply and delivery chain. Importantly, the security and integrity of data in the whole process should be ensured.

Conclusion

Staying competitive in the digital ecosystem would need an organization to follow the latest technologies, methodologies, and processes. The success of digital transformation hinges on using the right strategy and IT infrastructure such as the cloud. When the whole focus is on improving customer experiences, organizations are advised to enhance the quality of their products and services by upgrading their IT architecture.

Akshaya Choudhary is Content Marketer at Cigniti Technologies, an Independent Software Testing company
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