Digital Transformation: Introductory Resources for Small to Medium Business Owners & CIO’s

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Digital Transformation: Introductory Resources for Small to Medium Business Owners & CIO’s

“Digital transformation” is one of the top buzzwords in the technology industry today. It is a growing field and quite a huge chunk of information to bite into and make sense of. In this post, we share a list of some of our favourite resources and articles. It aims to be introductory, a springboard to start reading and exploring. And if you have a few great sources to add, please do let us know. This is a total team effort!

Digital Transformation: A Definition.

There are many great definitions explaining Digital Transformation, but the one that stands out to us was crafted by renowned digital analyst and author, Brian Solis.

“Digital transformation is the realignment of, or new investment in, technology, business models, and processes to drive new value for customers and employees and more effectively compete in an ever-changing digital economy.”

Apart from providing a great definition Brian’s insight is fantastic. He is a highly recommend thought leader and his resource page includes quite a few valuable free reports.  Visit here.

Articles offering a good intro to digital transformation.

What is digital transformation?
A solid introduction by The Enterprisers Project, packed with links to other resources,
The article answers some of the most common questions about digital transformation and provides clarity.

Thriving in the digital economy.
A series of insightful articles from SAP’s Digitalist Magazine. An old favourite.

The Digital Transformation Journey: How to modernise your SME
Bite-size articles in this series from Smart Company AU.

What Small Businesses Need to Know About Digital Transformation and Disruption
A good 2 minute read from Daniel Newman. He is a voice to follow.

Digital transformation: online guide to digital business transformation
I-Scoop did a  good job with this online guide. It’s not focussed on small business in particular, but we are including it in our list because it hits squarely on the essence of digital transformation, its evolution and how it plays out across various business processes and industries.

Videos about digital transformation to watch.

Digital Transformation for Your Small Business: How to Get Started
In this, under 5-minute clip, Daniel Newman, founder and digital analyst for Futurum Research and best-selling author, answers the important question: “Where do I start with digital transformation?”

DOTS 2017 Futurist Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard Keynote on Digital Transformation and The Future
Futurist, Humanist, CEO and Author Gerd Leonhard, at DOTS 2017 discussing digital transformation and the future of business.

David Rogers on The Digital Transformation Playbook
BRITE founder, author, and Columbia faculty member David Rogers talks about how businesses need to transform by understanding that now:
1) customers are part of a network,
2) competition comes from platforms more than products,
3) data is a strategic asset,
4) innovation is driven by small experiments and scaling,
5) value is dynamic and adaptable.

Digital Transformation Series by SAP
Sven Denecken, SVP, Head of Product Management and Co-Innovation S/4HANA at SAP SE, explores the topic of Digital Transformation and its impact on business. This video series is 3 years old, but Sven’s insights are massive. SAP at it’s best.

Please note the link is not to a playlist but to the broader search term within the SAP Small Business YouTube Channel.

Relevant Reports on Digital Transformation.

Thriving in the Digital Economy
How small and midsize enterprises are adapting to digital transformation (2016)

The Next Steps in Digital Transformation
How small and midsize companies are applying technology to meet key business goals (2017)

The Work Ahead:
40 Months of Hyper Digital Transformation by Kevin Benedict from (2016)

SAP Conquering Digital Disruption Through Digital Transformation (2014)

Books About Digital Transformation.

The Digital Transformation Playbook
By David L. Rogers

Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation
By  George Westerman, Didier Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee

The New IT: How Technology Leaders are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age
By Jill Dyché

No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends
By Richard Dobbs,‎ James Manyika,‎ Jonathan Woetzel.

Digital to the Core: Remastering Leadership for Your Industry, Your Enterprise, and Yourself
By Mark Raskino and Graham Waller

Digital Vortex: How Today’s Market Leaders Can Beat Disruptive Competitors at Their Own Game
By Jeff Loucks,‎ James Macaulay,‎ Andy Noronha,‎ Michael Wade.

Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future
By Andrew McAfee & Erik Brynjolfsson

Driving Digital: The Leader’s Guide to Business Transformation Through Technology
By Isaac Sacolick.

If you have any more resources to add, please let us know.