It's the age of Digital Transformation

It's the age of Digital transformation and it has already started impacting all aspects of our work lives. A recent survey by Intel revealed 63% of employees no longer have a traditional desk job environment. About 43% worked from home several days a week. Digital transformation is changing the very nature of work itself: the way we think, create, communicate and deliver. Here are 3 trends that has a massive impact on the future of work. Internet of Things: Most devices we use today are connected to eachother are becoming more and more efficient surpassing human efforts. As smarter devices get connected to the Internet, they can start to assist humans in meeting their objectives. This is an important phase in automation – that started the entire digital revolution. We will have humans and smart devices/machines like robots, working mutually to accomplish business objectives. The smarter these devices get, the more aggressive they will be in carrying out our tasks. Robots are already replacing humans in predictive and repetitive tasks like email automation, distributing mail in office, etc. Big Data Analytics: Now lets talk about data - No actually let's talk about the intelligence that is extracted from the data. We are experiencing a dynamite explosion in the amount of information that we are generating these days. This doesn't necessarily mean that all we aquire is what all we need. Using modern analytics techniques, we can now extract the hidden knowledge of the data: mine it, learn from it, and then use it to adapt accordingly. This is going to be – and already is – one of the most impressive trends that will play a major role in our working environment. This helps us integrate the knowledge of the experts with the knowledge gained from data to improve and transform the work environment. This approach could be used to assist workers with knowledge, proactively helping them carry out their tasks in a smart and timely manner. Transforming the Digital Enterprise Organization: As promising as it sounds it's hard to realize. The way it works is both organizational and cultural, since the traditional top-down pyramid and functional unit organization structures are defunct and do not encourage innovation. The upcoming models are more holacratic (vs bureaucratic- we know how that works.) Challenging traditional management around circles for specific projects and objectives is both liberating and transformational. Since Employee empowerment has been elusive and hard to achieve within a rigid hierarchical organization, a digital and agile organization is organized much more effectively – engaging the innovative talents of employees and improving their morale. The idea of challenging hierarchical structures, removing bosses (or replacing them with “mentors”) has been around for awhile now. Thus the need to change to and adapt with digital enterprises is compelling to reconsider the rigid structures. It is already happening in several Silicon Valley companies.

Posted on: 26/10/16

Ramiz Raja

- Senior Digital Strategist