Digital technology is drastically changing how companies do their business and companies' relationship with their customers. While customers gain the power of information and choice, digital technology dramatically improves the economics of business. The rules of business are being rewritten nearly every day with new digital technologies. Every company has a unique digital transformation opportunity.
However, doing so involves far more than merely converting paper processes to electronic ones. Companies undergoing a digital transformation also need to make sure that all of their digital processes are interconnected. Even more important, though, digital transformation requires a company-wide culture transformation.
For successful digital transformation, first we need to understand that digital transformation is more than simply a technology change or software adoption. It requires a cultural shift and a change in how a business behaves, given changes in customer demands. The shift and change require complete support within the company, from top managers to rank-and-file personnel.
A well-timed adoption and utilization of technology and software can support this bridge by enabling seamless flow of information between the company and the customer.
Digital transformation is also about being focused on the company's customers. It is about you enabling them to be intelligent and self-educated and to go along their own journey in a self-guided manner, and then you figuring out where you need to intersperse human touchpoints along that journey to add value to the digital touchpoints.
The best practice is a mix of digital content and human interaction that is orchestrated around customers and how they want to learn about and experience the company and its brands.
Another critical element of digital transformation is the interconnection of all company's data. Companies are broken down into various departments. They have hundreds, thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of employees performing various tasks. Adding to the complexity, customer information is stored in so many different applications that wide gaps exist among data sources. Bridging those gaps so every employee in the organization has a consistent view of data is possible and necessary.
But the task requires large investments of money and manpower and sweeping process changes, steps that most organizations have not been willing to make thus far.
It’s not an easy task, but it is getting simpler, particularly as a wide and growing variety of applications emerge. Vendors are now building solutions to streamline workflows for employees inputting data or responding to various triggers, like customers calling in with a problem.
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