The five vowels of Digital transformation

In my view, there are three outcomes of a successful digital transformation effort – improvement in efficiency (driven from speed and agility), enhanced experience (both at the customer and employee ends), and differentiation from competitors (through data/ insights-driven customisation). Such interactions need to be delivered omni-channel and ubiquitously (anywhere, anytime, and any device).

Vowels of Dx1

Agility: Digitalisation of specific processes require them to be reimagined, and therefore eliminates redundancies, reduces wasteful activities, and reduces overhead costs. All these contribute to increased efficiency and faster turnaround times.

Experience: As I have been arguing, good digitalisation should make lives simpler for customers, employees, and all other partners as well. As different stakeholder groups (customers, employees, and partners) engage with the firm digitally, there is significant reduction in variation of service quality, leading to consistent experience.

Insights: As digitalisation allows firms to capture data seamlessly, it is imperative to not just store data, but be able to generate meaningful insights from the same. And use those insights to develop customised/ innovative offerings to their stakeholder groups (customers, employees, and partners).

Omni-channel: The digital experience should be provided to their stakeholders across all the channels that they interact with. It is not just sufficient to digitalise certain processes, while keeping others in legacy manual systems. Imagine an organisation that generates electronic bills for its customers but requires its employees to submit their own bills in hardcopy for reimbursements!

Ubiquitous: The digital experience should be available to everyone, anytime, anywhere, and on any device. The entire purpose of digitalisation would be lost if it were not ubiquitous. Imagine an online store that only opened between 0800-2000 hours Monday through Friday!

As it can be seen, omni-channel and ubiquitous are hygiene factors (they do not create additional value with their presence, but can destroy value with their absence), and therefore are at the denominator.