Why Digital Transformation? What are the benefits?

Updated: Dec 31, 2021

Digital Transformation. Why now? Why today? What is it about Digital Transformation that it became a significant phrase these days? A few months back when the whole world was hit by the global COVID 19 pandemic, one of our team member came across a Social Media survey that goes something like this:

"Who is the major driving force towards digital transformation?"

  • CEO

  • CTO

  • CFO

  • Global Pandemic

You guessed it right. Global Pandemic received most votes.

Digital transformation. What is it exactly? It is the integration of digital technology into most if not all areas of a business resulting to fundamental changes to the way a business is operated. In order to have a more efficient and more profitable business, companies worldwide is moving towards Digital Transformation. Of course, businesses can still run without digitization and maybe not many business leaders came into the year 2020 with digital transformation on their to-do lists. Although some business owners or business leaders might be thinking of working on digital transformation somewhere along the pipeline but it may not be treated as something important compared to other areas of their business.

Year 2020, a global pandemic hit and digital transformation quickly became a necessity as most businesses were affected with restricted movement, economic activities slowed down almost to a complete stop. Many businesses scrambled to adapt to a remote work environment while others rushed to set up e-Commerce sites so that they could continue selling their products and also connect with their customers or even prospects. The main question is why is Digital Transformation so important? Here are some of the benefits as shared by Virtru :

1. Enhanced data collection

Most businesses are collecting mountains of data on customers but the real benefit is optimizing this data for analysis that can drive the business forward. Digital transformation creates a system for gathering the right data and incorporating it fully for business intelligence at a higher level.

It creates a way that different functional units within an organization can translate raw data into insights across various touchpoints. By doing this, it produces a single view of the customer journey, operations, production, finance, and business opportunities.

2. Greater resource management

Digital transformation consolidates information and resources into a suite of tools for business. Rather than dispersed software and databases, it brings together company resources all into one place. The average number of applications used in enterprise businesses in 2020 is 900. That makes it exceptionally difficult to provide a consistent experience. Digital transformation can integrate applications, databases, and software into a central repository for business intelligence.

Digital transformation is not a department or functional unit. It encompasses every area of a business and can lead to process innovation and efficiency across units.

3. Data-driven customer insights

Data can be the key to unlocking customer insights. By better understanding your customer and their needs, you can create a business strategy that is even more customer-centric. Using both structured data (personal customer information) and unstructured data, such as social media metrics, these insights can help drive business growth.

Data enables strategies to provide more relevant, personalized, and agile content.

4. An overall better customer experience

Customer expectations are sky-high when it comes to their experience. Customers have gotten used to having endless choices, low prices, and fast delivery. Customer experience (CX) is the new battleground. Gartner reports that more than two-thirds of companies say they are competing mostly on customer experience. In 2020, they expect that number to rise to 81%.

Accenture reports that CX “has emerged as the key driver of sustainable business growth.” They suggest that even a single point increase in CX scores can results in millions of dollars in annual growth.

5. Encourages digital culture (with improved collaboration)

By providing team members with the right tools, tailored to their environment, digital transformation encourages a digital culture.

While these tools provide an easy way for collaboration, they also help to move the entire organization ahead digitally. This digital culture will be crucial in the future. It forces the upskilling and digital learning of team members to take advantage of the benefits of digital transformation.

6. Increased profits

Companies that undergo digital transformation improve efficiency and profitability. Consider these results reported by the SAP Center for Business Insights and Oxford Economics:

80% of organizations that have completed digital transformation report increased profits.

85% say they have increased their market share.

On average, leaders expect 23% higher revenue growth than competitors.

7. Increased agility

Digital transformation makes organizations more agile. Borrowing from the world of software development, businesses can increase their agility with digital transformation to improve speed-to-market and adopt Continuous Improvement (CI) strategies. This allows for faster innovation and adaptation while providing a pathway to improvement.

8. Improved productivity

Having the right tech tools that work together can streamline workflow and improve productivity. By automating many manual tasks and integrating data throughout the organization, it empowers team members to work more efficiently.

There you go. In short, Digital Transformation is the way forward. Check out an event we did a few months back on getting ready for the new normal especially with Digital Transformation.