“Digital transformation” is one of the top buzzwords in the technology industry today. It is a growing field and quite a huge chunk of information to bite into and make sense of. In this post, we share a list of some of our favourite resources and articles. It aims to be introductory, a springboard to start reading and exploring. And if you have a few great sources to add, please do let us know. This is a total team effort!
Digital Transformation: A Definition.
There are many great definitions explaining Digital Transformation, but the one that stands out to us was crafted by renowned digital analyst and author, Brian Solis.
“Digital transformation is the realignment of, or new investment in, technology, business models, and processes to drive new value for customers and employees and more effectively compete in an ever-changing digital economy.”
Apart from providing a great definition Brian’s insight is fantastic. He is a highly recommend thought leader and his resource page includes quite a few valuable free reports. Visit here.
Articles offering a good intro to digital transformation.
A solid introduction by The Enterprisers Project, packed with links to other resources,
The article answers some of the most common questions about digital transformation and provides clarity.
A series of insightful articles from SAP’s Digitalist Magazine. An old favourite.
Bite-size articles in this series from Smart Company AU.
A good 2 minute read from Daniel Newman. He is a voice to follow.
I-Scoop did a good job with this online guide. It’s not focussed on small business in particular, but we are including it in our list because it hits squarely on the essence of digital transformation, its evolution and how it plays out across various business processes and industries.
Videos about digital transformation to watch.
In this, under 5-minute clip, Daniel Newman, founder and digital analyst for Futurum Research and best-selling author, answers the important question: “Where do I start with digital transformation?”
Futurist, Humanist, CEO and Author Gerd Leonhard, at DOTS 2017 discussing digital transformation and the future of business.
BRITE founder, author, and Columbia faculty member David Rogers talks about how businesses need to transform by understanding that now:
1) customers are part of a network,
2) competition comes from platforms more than products,
3) data is a strategic asset,
4) innovation is driven by small experiments and scaling,
5) value is dynamic and adaptable.
Sven Denecken, SVP, Head of Product Management and Co-Innovation S/4HANA at SAP SE, explores the topic of Digital Transformation and its impact on business. This video series is 3 years old, but Sven’s insights are massive. SAP at it’s best.
Please note the link is not to a playlist but to the broader search term within the SAP Small Business YouTube Channel.
Relevant Reports on Digital Transformation.
How small and midsize enterprises are adapting to digital transformation (2016)
How small and midsize companies are applying technology to meet key business goals (2017)
40 Months of Hyper Digital Transformation by Kevin Benedict from Cognizant.com (2016)
Books About Digital Transformation.
By David L. Rogers
By George Westerman, Didier Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee
By Jill Dyché
By Richard Dobbs, James Manyika, Jonathan Woetzel.
By Mark Raskino and Graham Waller
By Jeff Loucks, James Macaulay, Andy Noronha, Michael Wade.
By Andrew McAfee & Erik Brynjolfsson
By Isaac Sacolick.
If you have any more resources to add, please let us know.