Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Is Digital for Everything?

You don't have to go very far to hear about the Digital Tsunami headed our way from both a consumer and an enterprise perspective. For those that are really riding this wave, you hear that every policy, process and application will be affected. For those that might be in the path of the wave might have a different perspective. While I believe that "going digital" is a forgone conclusion, there might be some ways of not taking all the risk of riding digital all at once.



















Do Digital for Differentiation:

One practice that seems to be gaining momentum is the idea of focusing on those business models, processes and applications that can really deliver great benefit when there is differentiation in the target market. One is tempted to go after the mission critical and differentiating products or services, but a safer start would include lower impact areas where money saving could fund future efforts that were more ambitious. Sometimes brand new areas of growth are also good candidates especially if a better customer experience is an important deliverable. 


Creating a Digital Target Architecture:

When designing a digital target, it is important have a comprehensive view of that target which would include a visual representation that is surrounded with key visions, goals and phases that spell out financial opportunities and risks. Gathering important inputs to the creation process including executive vision, customer needs, competitive forces and the state of the current operations is crucial to creating a solid set of targets. Identifying contributing technologies is also a key ingredient to the baking of a satisfactory digital target. Watch this space for more detail in the future. 

Employ Incremental Transformation: 

Some organizations are starting with customer experience intense products or services and deliver incrementally better interactions. Others are starting with legacy standard transactions and surrounding them with new contexts and experiences. Some organizations are aiming at processes and systems that give immediate revenue boosts like customer on-boarding or prospect gathering. The import issue here is to start small and grow to your digital destiny unless an organization is under great pressure to deliver or an organization has discovered an industry shaking business model. Then it is full speed ahead. 

Net; Net: 

The digital zealots would have you jump on the wave just to be on it. I say work the wave smartly Take control of your target architecture, but don't ignore the need to change and adjust it with a reality based approach.


Further Reading: 

http://jimsinur.blogspot.com/2015/03/digital-transformation-just-blow-up.html
http://jimsinur.blogspot.com/2015/04/can-you-order-transformations-over-easy.html
http://jimsinur.blogspot.com/2013/07/incremental-transformation-is-here-today.html