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Stay Relevant: The Latest Digital Transformation Trends (2024) 

By Tara Porter
Updated November 29, 2023
Digital Transformation Trends

Learn about the latest digital transformation trends that help businesses continue to grow & learn how to stay relevant in this constantly evolving digital landscape.

Remember Blockbuster video? I get nostalgic just thinking of the days when I’d pick out a movie (hoping the one I want is in stock), making sure to be kind and rewind and return on time.

Nostalgia is about all that’s left of Blockbuster, aside from a cautionary tale on why digital transformation is so vital to the success of a company.

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What is Digital Transformation?

Digital transformation is the process of adopting and integrating digital technologies to improve business processes. It involves automating processes, enhancing customer experiences, leveraging data and analytics for informed decision-making, and adopting new technologies to improve efficiency and productivity.

Let’s use Netflix as an example. By moving from a traditional DVD rental model to a streaming service, Netflix has provided customers with instant access to a vast library of movies and TV shows, all at their fingertips (RIP, Blockbuster). This shift has also disrupted the traditional television industry, forcing networks to adapt to the changing viewing habits of consumers.

Digital transformation goes far beyond just making “everything digital”; it’s about understanding existing tools and leveraging them to boost company efficiency.

Emerging Trends in Digital Transformation

As AI & our use of it continues to evolve, the landscape of digital transformation is poised for significant changes. Here are several key trends that we expect to shape the way that businesses operate and interact with customers:

  • Hyper Automation and AI-Driven Decision Making: The increasing sophistication of artificial intelligence (AI) will drive automation to new levels, enabling businesses to automate not just repetitive tasks but also complex decision-making processes.
  • Digital Ecosystems and Platforms: Businesses will increasingly their usage of digital ecosystems, such as cloud computer platforms (Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform), to collaborate, create, and deliver value to customers.
  • Data Privacy and Security: As data becomes even more valuable, organizations will prioritize data privacy and security, implementing robust measures to protect customer information and comply with evolving regulations.
  • Sustainability-Driven Digital Transformation: Businesses will increasingly integrate sustainability principles into their digital transformation initiatives, optimizing resource usage, reducing environmental impact, and promoting sustainable practices.
  • Digital Adoption Platforms (DAPs): With the growing use of new software tools, more companies are in need of resources that reduce the burden on IT/Support departments. DAPs are software platforms that help businesses accelerate the adoption and usage of new technologies & improve the user experience. They provide a variety of features, such as in-app guidance, user onboarding, and analytics.

Digital Adoption Platform

Here are some specific examples of how these trends might look in the upcoming year:

  • A manufacturing company will use AI-powered predictive maintenance to identify potential equipment failures before they occur, preventing downtime and reducing production costs.
  • A retail company will create a digital marketplace where customers can buy and sell products from a variety of vendors, all within the retailer's ecosystem.
  • A financial institution will implement a robust data governance framework to ensure that customer data is protected and used responsibly.
  • A logistics company will deploy 5G-enabled sensors in its warehouses to track the movement of goods in real-time, improving inventory management and efficiency.
  • An energy company will use digital technologies to optimize energy consumption and reduce its carbon footprint.

These are just a few examples of how digital transformation is expected to shape the business landscape in the coming year. Business models that embrace these trends will be well-positioned to thrive in the ever-evolving digital world.

Modern Challenges with Digital Transformation

The digital transformation landscape has changed considerably over the years. The challenges faced even five years ago differ from what we face now. Here are some challenges to look out for (and our suggested solutions):

Cybersecurity threats

Cybersecurity threats are getting smarter and more common, putting businesses at risk of data breaches, ransomware attacks, and phishing scams. It's imperative that you stay on guard and invest in strong cybersecurity measures to protect your data and systems.

Data Privacy Rules

As data privacy rules get more and more strict, you'll want to make sure you are crystal clear on how you collect, use, and share data in order to avoid legal issues.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a powerful tool, but its rapid growth raises concerns about its possible misuse. You'll want to establish a clear plan for how your teams can use AI and the ethical boundaries they'll follow.

Lack of Skills

As digital tools increase by the day, it's difficult for workers to stay on top of what's new. You'll want to invest in training and development programs to equip your employees with the digital skills they need.

One simple way to do this is by using a Digital Adoption Platform (or DAP). A DAP lays on top of any web enterprise platform and offers in-context support to users. You can walk them step by step through processes, give them interactive walkthroughs, provide one-click access to support articles, and more.

Shifting Work Environment

Remote work arrangements increased significantly in recent years, and the work landscape has shifted as a result. Companies must adapt their HR practices to these shifts, creating policies for remote work and preparing employees for any work environment changes.

Staying on Top of the Latest  Digital Transformation Trends

You'll constantly face the risk of becoming irrelevant if you aren't on top of what's new. That's why it is important to keep up with the latest news and resources.

But watch out: you don't want to jump compulsively towards the latest shiny software tool.

Instead, when considering a resource, lay out a clear change management plan to ensure that it aligns with your company goals and business outcomes.

Resources to Stay on Top of Digital Transformation Trends

Here are some resources to help you stay on top of digital transformation news:

  • MIT Technology Review: This magazine and website cover a wide range of topics related to technology and its impact on society, including digital transformation.
  • VisualSP Blog: Get the latest news on how to improve digital adoption
  • CES: This annual event is the world's largest consumer electronics show and features a wide range of exhibitors and presentations on the latest digital technologies.
  • CIO: Resource for CIOs and business technology executives that focuses on business strategy, innovation, and leadership.

Conclusion: Embracing the Digital Future

Remember that successful digital transformation is not a one-time event; it's an ongoing journey of continuous adaptation. Stay on top of what's new, continue to evolve, and embrace the digital future.

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