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Where do you stand on your digital transformation journey?

Operating models and technology are key core drivers of business growth since they fuel omnichannel customer experience, smart offerings, lean organizations, and emerging business models such as data monetization.

Many companies have started a transformation around those areas but are stuck in the initial phases of the journey. As a result, they lack the tools, processes and capabilities to leverage the full potential and therefore improve responsiveness to customer needs, enhance business performance and revenues, and increase TSR.

To fully exploit current and future business growth opportunities, companies should undertake a transformation journey considering the following aspects:

  1. Operating model should be product-led, highly automated and powered by the best talents. 

  1. Technology should enable the omnichannel experience, powered by data, and highly modular.

To start removing roadblocks and accelerate the transformation journey, companies can take several concrete actions:

  1. Customer perspective – Start analysing the most relevant customer journeys and quantifying the value that could be generated through an omnichannel experience. Then comparing the customer journey value with acquisition costs to effectively allocate resources.
  2. Data management – Simplify the usage of data by introducing standard reports across functions and facilitating upgrades for the newest features.
  3. Cross-functional teams – Since organizational silos can be significant barriers, cross-functional teams should be created to promote collaboration, visibility and focus on the final product.
  4. Systems – Many organizations still spend significant amounts of resources on legacy systems and processes. A review process to assess potential benefits by breaking up monolithic technology solutions should be introduced.

At a time when consumers are demanding greater flexibility, customization, and responsiveness, many organizations still lack the foundation to meet these expectations. Most of the time the answer is a comprehensive redesign of the technology architecture and operating model, and companies should take all the necessary steps to expedite the transformation. The benefits will be felt not only throughout the organization and in customer experience, but also on the bottom line.


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