What is Digital Transformation?
Digital Transformation is the adoption of digital technologies throughout businesses or services. The transition involves replacing manual or non-digital processes with digital or automated operations or replacing older digital technology with newer versions to improve processes. By adopting digital and automated techniques, businesses and services become more effective and efficient. Some of the benefits to arise from implementing digital transformation within a business include enhanced data collection, greater resource management, improved productivity and increased agility. The digital transformation is also closely aligned to Industry 4.0, which you can read more about here.
What are the 4 Main Areas of Digital Transformation?
When looking at the digital transformation within a business, there are 4 interrelated domains;
Technology - From artificial intelligence to the internet of things, technology is rapidly growing, improving and transforming the way we live and work. Adopting new technologies and integrating them with existing systems within the workplace can be highly complex. This being said these emerging technologies are the answer to increasing and improving success in how we work.
Data - Digital transformation requires an understanding of data and analytics. For the most part, an organisation's data quality is not up to standards and is not understood or interpreted correctly. In order to be successful in the transformation, an understanding of the data and interpreting this correctly through data analysis is key.
Process - Transformation entails a beginning-to-end mindset, a consideration of the full performance as a whole across all activities. In improving this section and focusing on implementing transformation, an awareness of the current process and the need for either full reengineering or minor improvements is necessary.
Organisational Change Capability - Technology is not the only important aspect of the transformation process, people are at the heart of digital transformation. In order for a transformation to be successful, people within the organisation must be willing to change, grow and adapt. Bye in from people within the organisation will result in a smooth transformation. Ensure as little push-back as possible by employing future-thinking adaptable employees.
Skills Required for Digital Transformation
In addition to the above domains, there are a number of soft skills that are associated with digital transformation.
Critical thinking - the ability to conceptualise, synthesise and analyse data as well as having the ability to draw conclusions from the analysis.
Complex communication - the ability to explain technical terms clearly using plain, easy-to-understand language so that less-technical people can also understand.
Creativity - in terms of creative problem solving and taking creative risks
Collaboration - willingness to work with others, listen to their ideas, brainstorm, communicate and take feedback.
Emotional intelligence - this covers traits such as self-awareness, social skills, empathy and motivation, all important qualities in digital transformation.
Flexibility and adaptability - being flexible and adaptable when unexpected matters occur is important
Productivity and accountability - the digital transformation involves get a lot done quickly, and so skills like productivity and accountability are closely linked
Courses in Digital Transformation
Our Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Digital Transformation focus on digital transformation within the Life Science Sectors. These sectors include pharma/biopharma, medical devices/medtech, food sciences, clinical trials, biology etc. These programmes cover a number of topics such as advanced manufacturing in the smart factory, business case development, quality management in a digital age, big data acquisition and management, strategy and change management, operational excellence - lean sigma 4.0, analysis of big data and visualisation and storytelling with data. You can read more about the exciting launch of this course here.