What is digital transformation? Everything you need to know

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Digital transformation - latest statistics

- 62 per cent of employees see corporate culture as the biggest obstacle in the journey to becoming a digital organisation (Capgemini UK)

- 76 per cent of UK businesses reported that Brexit has significantly impacted their ability to plan and invest in new technologies (Pure Storage)

- Only 23 per cent of UK businesses feel they are ‘top performers’ when it comes to implementing digital transformation (Cornerstone OnDemand

Digital transformation - what’s new

12/07 - NEWS - Fujitsu teams up with SAP and Oracle to accelerate digital transformation - Partnership aims to address issue of growing demand for third-party orchestration of complex IT estates...

26/06 - FEATURE - Colin Britton/Devo - Needed for digital transformation: a new way of looking at data - By adopting data analytics across their business, organisations can make the most of their data and be successful in their digital transformation efforts...

25/06 - FEATURE - Mathias Wilder/Zscaler - Cyber security – the Achilles heel of digital transformation - As organisations move their workloads to the cloud, a new approach to cyber security is required...

20/06 - FEATURE - Sven Dummer/Janrain - Five things to consider for your digital transformation - Whether you realise it or not, you’ve probably already started your digital transformation. Here are five trends that marketers must consider as they create and market their digital offerings...

04/06 - FEATURE - Joachim Sturmhoefel/SEH Technology - Physical challenges in virtual worlds: Digital transformation stumbling blocks in the enterprise - Bridging the gap between the cloud and hardware-based systems is just one of the challenges businesses face when undergoing digital transformation...

01/06 - FEATURE - Chris Minas/Nimbletank - What does blockchain mean for digital transformation? - The impact can be as significant as the browser was to the growth of the internet...

31/05 - FEATURE - Steve Duigan/LogMeIn - Navigating digital transformation in the workplace - Businesses must carefully consider their needs and those of their employees when implementing digital transformation...

25/05 - FEATURE - Michiel Schipperus/Sana Commerce - Why should e-commerce sit at the heart of a business’ digital transformation? - How does e-commerce help drive digital transformation?

22/05 - FEATURE - Martin De Martini/Y Soft - Is your organisation ready for digital transformation? - Before implementing a digital transformation initiative, organisations must first evaluate their current skillset...

21/05 - FEATURE - Nigel Tozer/Commvault - Data management in the era of GDPR and digital transformation - By adopting a comprehensive data strategy businesses can keep their data safe without slowing their digital transformation efforts...

17/05 - FEATURE - Michael Eriksson/DMI International - Understanding digital transformation: the importance of the end user and building a mobile first culture - Implementing new technology does not automatically lead to great results...

14/05 - NEWS - Digital transformation success relies on customer experience - Customer experience and employee productivity are key to profitable digital transformation...

09/05 - FEATURE - Kirsten Wolberg/DocuSign - The manual for digital transformation - Below are the key considerations that technology leaders must address in order to achieve a successful digital transformation...

04/05 - FEATURE - Kong Yang/SolarWinds - Digital transformation: the intersection of hype and performance -The C-suite may have big ideas but IT professionals are responsible for practically implementing digital transformation...

01/05 - FEATURE - Will Blackburn/Droplet Computing - Utilising digital transformation cost effectively for the public sector - Organisations can employ a functioning digital transformation strategy without breaking the bank...

27/04 - NEWS - Security being neglected in digital transformation push - Less than a tenth of organisations see cybersecurity as a board-level priority...

26/04 - FEATURE - Eddie Harford/SeeLogic -  Digital transformation in the real world - Embarking on a successful digital transformation journey requires a well-thought out approach...

25/04 - FEATURE - Prasanna Kulkarni/Comparesoft - Why well-known digital transformation plans fail - Yet well-known organisations like BBC, Lego, Nike and many others have found digital transformation as a challenging transformation...

12/04 - NEWS - Cloud computing is the UK's top digital transformation tool - For IT pros in the UK, investment in cloud and hybrid IT is of the utmost priority...

12/04 - NEWS - GDPR and digital transformation renew European faith in private cloud - GDPR seems to be forcing enterprise cloud adoption in a completely different direction...

11/04 - NEWS - Companies need to embrace digital transformation to succeed - Dell EMC report finds companies that embrace new technology have higher chance of succeeding...

03/04 - FEATURE - John Belden/UpperEdge - Don't dread digital transformation program audits – leverage them - If incorporated correctly at your organisation, audits can help educate staff on best practices and facilitate change...

02/04 - FEATURE - Franco Rizzo/TmaxSoft - Are you prepared for digital transformation? Your legacy infrastructure isn’t - Continued reliance on legacy mainframes can hold back a company that wants to modernise...

30/03 - FEATURE - Loraine Sims/Time Warner Cable - Digital transformation in 2018 starts with the right thinking - This article is going to serve as a starter-pack before you dive into the waves of digital transformation...

27/03 - FEATURE - Jim Bowes/Manifesto - How organisations can turn GDPR into an opportunity for digital transformation and to boost consumer trust - GDPR should be seen as opportunity for digitally savvy - and even less digitally savvy - businesses to get their house in order...

22/03 - FEATURE - Richard Agnew/Code42 - GDPR is your chance to prepare your security strategy for digital transformation - By taking action today businesses can safeguard their data to avoid penalties when GDPR goes into effect...

22/03 - NEWS - Most businesses unprepared for digital transformation - Customer experience, business processes, and innovation are all important considerations...

15/03 - NEWS - Productivity is top priority for UK digital transformation - Want more productivity? Invest in more tech, BT report says...

28/02 - NEWS - Utilities can lead the way when it comes to digital transformation - Utilities leaders embrace AI, IoT, wearables and other emerging technologies...

23/02 - FEATURE - Chris Albert/Charter Spectrum - Business success stories of digital transformation that will leave you thinking - Companies are now progressively launching more and more digital enterprises in order to grow. There are many success stories related to business who invested more in digitalisation...

19/02 - FEATURE - Laurent Bride/Talend - Digital transformation in the public sector: balancing the risks with data-driven cyber security - The possibility of falling victim to a cyber attack should not deter the public sector from moving to the cloud...

14/02 - FEATURE - Simon Ratcliffe/Ensono - The disparity between Digital Transformation Drivers and KPIs - Approaching digital transformation projects with KPIs in mind is essential to their overall success...

14/02 - FEATURE - Sam Routledge/Softcat - Clearing the path for digital transformation - How IT infrastructure could be holding your business back - Sam Routledge, Chief Technology Officer at Softcat gives his tops tips for how companies of any size, can achieve their business goals through improved IT infrastructure...

12/02 - FEATURE - Richard Hillebrecht/Riverbed Technology - Digital transformation: Demystifying needs and challenges - Riverbed Technology’s CIO, Richard Hillebrecht, shares his thoughts on the challenges that CIOs face with digital projects and shares some critical factors that can determine the success of any digital transformation...

08/02 - FEATURE - Nick Wilson/Advanced - Can digital transformation breathe new life into our ailing NHS? - In the digital era in which we live, it’s unfeasible to think relevant patient data isn’t integrated and available at every critical point across the care continuum...

29/01 - FEATURE - Lee Johnson/NetMotion Software - Will mobility still be the primary driver of digital transformation in 2018? - Increased adoption of mobile devices in the workplace and a rise in remote working help spur digital transformation efforts...

25/01 - NEWS - Digital transformation hype not reflected by reality - Many businesses are struggling to fully integrate digital transformation procedures, report says...

19/01 - FEATURE - Eric Velfre/Dell EMC - Five steps to fix the digital transformation disparity - Businesses can no longer afford to wait to implement new technologies...

17/01 - FEATURE - Michael Wegscheider/Allianz Group - Four keys to global digital transformation success - The road to digital transformation is best taken one small step at a time...

09/01 - NEWS - UK executives 'holding back' digital transformation - IT leaders often end up fighting C-suite for the best digital transformation results, Interoute study finds...

27/12 - FEATURE - Aaron Continelli/Cre8tive Technology and Design - Digital transformation will leave legacy systems behind - Astute manufacturers know they must embrace digital transformation to stay competitive in Industry 4.0...

25/12 - FEATURE - Matthew Tharp/bpm'online - Digital transformation: Embracing the digital innovation process - Digital Transformation is not the sole responsibility of any one department but often the team leading the charge is IT...

15/12 - FEATURE - Rick Popko/10Fold - Workboard helps enterprises on their path towards digital transformation - Workboard, developers of active strategy management software, recently announced a Series A funding round of $9.3 million from new investors...

07/12 - NEWS - Automation can be the key to your business' digital transformation - Juniper Networks survey finds widespread support for automation services, but more potential for expansion...

04/12 - FEATURE - Eric Sigler/PagerDuty - Expanding your customer base, revenue and brand through digital transformation - The right combination of tools, technologies and processes can allow your organisation to execute a successful digital transformation strategy...

29/11 - FEATURE - Michiel Schipperus/Sana Commerce - Staying ahead: How businesses are using digital transformation for competitive advantage - Speed appears to be key for many companies who’ve embraced digital transformation...

24/11 - NEWS - Telecoms and banking sectors most advanced when it comes to digital transformation - Ovum has identified nine steps as crucial to digital transformation...

22/11 - FEATURE - Daniel Ball/Wax Digital - Finance departments falling behind with digital transformation - The pace of digital transformation is today so rapid that even the most forward-thinking of businesses are likely to be struggling to keep up...

16/11 - FEATURE - John Belden/UpperEdge - Top 11 tips for digital transformation leaders - Consider these agenda items to ensure a successful IT-enabled transformation project...

16/11 - FEATURE - Jonathan Bridges/Exponential-e - Digital transformation and the era of the agile network - By adopting this particular approach, CIOs and other IT leaders can look to the future, free to innovate, while retaining consistency...

15/11 - NEWS - Lack of digitally literate leaders could put digital transformation at risk - Organisations with bosses who know about technology are more likely to implement a successful digital transformation...

14/11 - FEATURE - Konstantin Didur/N-iX LLC - Digital transformation framework: How to turn the tables on fintechs? - Why do banks need a digital transformation framework?

14/11 - FEATURE - Elle Sidell/Sapho - Why digital transformation starts with a digital workplace - An organisation-wide cultural shift is required to truly leverage the power of new technology...

10/11 - FEATURE - Oliver Muhr/Seerene - How to make your digital transformation about more than buzzword compliance - Your organisation's digital transformation efforts must be meaningful and have a specific endgame in sight...

03/11 - FEATURE - Robert Sinclair-Barnes/Amadeus Airlines - The drivers behind airline digital transformation - How can airlines better understand what travelers value when they book a ticket?

31/10 - NEWS - Microsoft: There’s no need to be scared of digital transformation - Despite benefits, over half of businesses are afraid of the changes brought in by digital transformation, Microsoft study finds...

26/10 - NEWS - Banks say that AI is essential for digital transformation - All UK banks now have some form of digital transformation strategy in place...

19/10 - NEWS - Digital transformation 'set to spur major IT spending' - Change is on the way for many companies as over half say they will be increasing IT spending levels within the next year...

18/10 - NEWS - Businesses struggle to implement digital transformation - Security fears top BlackBerry survey as only a third of companies are undergoing digital transformation now...

12/10 - FEATURE - Pat Bakey/SAP - The secret to achieving digital transformation success - Collaboration across several industries and lines of business is key to a successful digital transformation...

11/10 - FEATURE - Chris Wiborg/Alfresco Software - 5 ways to break the rules and win at digital transformation - Here are five best practices from digital leaders that are breaking with the past, to deliver a successful digital future...

10/10 - FEATURE - Audelia Boker/Glassbox - Greater independence from the IT department is essential for digital - In many organisations, the IT department has traditionally taken the reins when it comes to planning and providing for the digital functions of the business...

06/10 - FEATURE - Peter Ford/Pegasystems - NHS digital transformation – will the new app meet the 2018 deadline and is it a viable solution? - While the app is a great start to the NHS's digital transformation process, there is still a ways to go...

29/09 - FEATURE - Konstantin Didur/N-iX - Is this the best way to do digital transformation in banking? - Small banks have distinct advantages over fintechs, e.g. diversified services, established brands, loyal customer base, community support, focus on security, and more...

20/09 - FEATURE - George Mulhern/Cradlepoint - Digital transformation and the future WAN - The traditional wide area network (WAN) set-up is dead...

14/09 - FEATURE - Fabian Libeau/RiskIQ - Safeguard digital transformation initiatives and mitigate external threats - The success of any digital engagement strategy relies on building and maintaining brand trust through digital relationships as opposed to physical ones...

12/09 - NEWS - CEOs finally see digital transformation as top priority - BT study reveals that digital transformation efforts are accelerating rapidly across Europe...

07/09 - FEATURE - David Corey/Advanced Technology Services - Digital Transformation: Four ways your managed service provider should help - MSPs can help your organisation on its digital transformation journey by freeing critical resources, providing objective insight, and speeding development for new products and services...

06/09 - NEWS - Huawei - cloud and connections can be the key to digital transformation - Huawei Cloud is rooted in real-world applications, not just up in the air, company says...

31/08 - FEATURE - Emma Robertson/Transform - How to make digital transformation more than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow - A well-developed strategy and the correct internal employee culture are essential to being digitally mature...

18/08 - FEATURE - Paul Higley/Riverbed Technology - Overcoming IT barriers to digital transformation - The end user experience is essential to a successful digital transformation...

11/08 - FEATURE - Floyd DCosta/Block Armour - Harnessing blockchain technology for digital transformation - Could blockchain be the next big platform to drive enterprise digital transformation?

10/08 - FEATURE - Chris Gray/Amido - Digital Transformation deserves more than monolithic IT – it’s the time of containerisation - Containers have become a viable option for organisations looking for better control of their IT infrastructure...

10/08 - FEATURE - Colin Riddle/Timico - The importance of big data and analytics in the era of digital transformation - As organisations begin their digital transformation journey, big data and analytics can play a key role in it being a success...

07/08 - FEATURE - Chris Gray/Amido - Why it pays to centre your digital transformation strategy on Identity - Employees and customers must be able to access applications and data from multiple devices and locations, without compromising security...

04/08 - FEATURE - Andrew Edison/Level 3 Communications - Digital transformation: securing your company’s future - Despite decades of investments in IT infrastructure, very few companies say they’re hitting the mark when it comes to fully upgrading to digital technologies...

27/07 - NEWS: Digital transformation essential for survival, businesses agree - Companies that don't maintain modernisation efforts expect to be out of business within half a decade...

24/07 - FEATURE - Nick Pike/OutSystems - Digital transformation requires new technology, new processes and a culture change - Where many organisations are concerned, if there isn’t a programme in place to replace legacy systems (and processes) with innovative new digital platforms, then you can be sure that there will be soon... 

19/07 - NEWS: Public sector IT is struggling to keep up with digital transformation - Splunk survey reveals a number of major challenges facing public sector IT organisations as they look to implement digital transformation strategies…

18/07 - FEATURE - Alex Smith-Bingham/Capgemini UK - Corporate culture – A barrier to digital transformation or stimulus? - A number of barriers stand in the way of organisations aiming to truly adopt a digital culture...

06/07 - NEWS: Brexit and GDPR uncertainty 'holding back' digital transformation - Pure Storage report finds that the combination of Brexit and GDPR are leaving many businesses in technology limbo...

23/06 - FEATURE - Chris Crane/Scout RFP - Why aren’t more enterprises adopting digital transformation? - A widespread lack of flexibility is holding organisations back from fully embracing digital...

21/06 - FEATURE - Anand Birje/HCL - Your digital transformation and six key questions to drive it - While Digital Transformation might be technology-led, it has the potential to disrupt societies and organisations, and the changes it requires go much deeper... 

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What is digital transformation? 

As businesses of all sizes around the world look to implement more and more technology into the workplace, a major scene change is appearing in many organisations.

Although it may seem obvious to many of us, the benefits of digital and online technology can provide a business with a crucial advantage when it comes to ensuring success, no matter what industry you are in.

The popularity of new workplace technologies is changing many aspects of a business's’ daily practices, with even the traditional office environment becoming rarer and rarer. Employees across a wide range of industries now expect to be given their own devices to work from, whether this be a laptop, tablet or smartphone. These devices are also no longer tethered to a desk, as flexible working and hot desking become the norm in many companies.

Centralised networks and servers mean that employees are able to create, share and collaborate on work far easier than ever before, helped by cloud-ready platforms such as Office 365 and Google Docs that allow real-time editing and changes.

Elsewhere in the business, videoconferencing or telepresence technologies will be replacing traditional conference calls, allowing teams around the world to stay in contact and work far more efficiently together.

Even the building itself may be transforming, with biometric scans replacing traditional key cards, and smart lighting and heating systems allowing for major energy savings when no one is around.

This truly is the technology-friendly office of the future - is your business up to scratch?

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Digital transformation FAQ 

  • Can my business use digital transformation? 

Absolutely - one of the biggest advantages of the wealth of new technologies available to businesses today is the fact that most are easy to use and implement.

From start-ups to multinational giants, technology can benefit businesses of any size, and may even help smaller enterprises to get a jump on bigger rivals.

Due to the rapidly falling costs of many new forms of technology, the price of transforming your business is lower than ever, meaning now really is the time to get on board.

  • What are the challenges of digital transformation? 

As with any major changes in the workplace, implementing digital technologies may involve overcoming a number of challenges, however the benefits can be invaluable.

It’s important to consider what exact technologies will benefit your business, as simply piling in everything that is available may be a costly and disruptive procedure. Replacing older infrastructure or systems with new ideas can also be a long-winded process, taking time to evaluate, procure and install.

There is also a need then to make sure that new technologies can fit in with your existing processes, as spending thousands on new systems only to find out they are inoperable can be embarrassing.

Workers will also need to be trained properly to use the new systems, as getting the most out of the technology may require detailed instruction in order to understand. Older workers, who may not be familiar with some areas of new technology, might also need extra training to get the most out of changes. As many surveys have told us, workers are also often the biggest security weakness of an enterprise, meaning untrained employees let loose on new technology may be doing more harm than good.

  • How easy is digital transformation? 

The answer really lies within your business, and how much work will need to be done.

Digital transformation can be as simple as replacing all the desk phones in your office with smarter, conference-enabled devices, or implement a smart heating system in one room.

The beauty of many of these modern technological solutions is that many can be trialled, tested and implemented before authorising a major rollout, meaning that your business can try out new ideas before committing.

Depending on the size of your IT team, the challenge of upgrading computing systems, or implementing ideas such as cloud computing, may be straightforward, or involve clearing a number of major hurdles.

At the end of the day, how easy the process of digital transformation is in down to your business, and the workers within - but the benefits could be the difference between success and being left behind.