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Digital Transformation

Back in January, we looked at what digital transformation means these days and on the 16th of this month, we’ll be walking you through how Microsoft are tackling it with Dynamics 365.

A recent Insurance Age article described how the industry’s structure is shifting but that it’s not yet certain who will gain and who will lose. They went on to say “Some things are certain though. Only the digital will survive. And in the new world, it’s not about big eating the small anymore, it’s the fast eating the slow”.

The UK Government recently announced £4.7 billion of funding for the research and development of future technologies such as smart energy, the Internet of Things (aka doing more online), robotics, AI and 5G networks as a part of the wider industrial strategy for the UK. Digital and STEM education, business support, clean energy and digital infrastructure are huge areas of focus.

Just last week, The Telegraph reported how tech groups and investors view Trump’s ban on immigration as a potential boost to the British technology scene, as US tech groups may choose to expand international operations at the expense of domestic hiring, and UK start-ups think twice about expanding to Silicon Valley.

They go on to describe how “London has become a major hub for American technology companies, undaunted by the Brexit vote. In recent months, Google announced plans to employ 7,000 people in London by 2020 and Facebook said it would hire 500 this year alone, both at new offices. Apple, Amazon and Snapchat have all announced hiring sprees in the capital.”

Every industry is undoubtedly a tech industry now and reading this, you’d be forgiven for feeling the pressure to join or lead the charge.

Stop. Think about these questions:

  • What are you hoping the technology will do for your business?
  • What are your bigger corporate objectives and is tech required to facilitate those and over what term?
  • What processes and systems do you currently have in play?
  • Is what you think you need right now, what you will need in the future?
  • How do your employees currently work and is the culture ready for change?
  • How will you make that happen?

One of the main reasons we are hosting a webinar on digital transformation is to outline the importance of these questions and (no surprises given our Gold Partner status and all the knowledge we have) to talk about how they are providing the integration and scalability to get businesses on the journey wisely and intelligently.

Here’s the key thing. Every business’ digital transformation journey will be different. So, yes, read up and know what’s available. Understand what other businesses in your sector are doing. But don’t jump on any bandwagons. Look inwards first.

Our Digital Transformation webinar is taking place on Thursday 16th February at 11am. You can register now and if you’re not sure you can spare twenty minutes at that particular time, register anyway and we’ll get the recording to you.

Hope you can join us!

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