Five reasons for digital transformation: our takings from Digital DNA

June 10th, 2016    ,

This week we attended the leading digital transformation and technology event at St George’s market, Digital DNA.

Digital DNA sees over 1,000 delegates come together to experience workshops, panel discussions, keynotes and networking opportunities from inspirational speakers and businesses from around the world.

Opened by the Economy Minister Simon Hamilton, there were five key themes of the day: data, security, fintech, innovation and marketing.

Many of the sessions discussed the opportunities and applications of digital technology including case studies of bodies which have undergone a digital transformation journey.

Here at Automated Intelligence, we are often asked why organisations, in particular public sector bodies, take the often daunting step towards full digitisation.

We have outlined the most common problems our customers identify and why they ultimately made the digital move.

  • Data, Data Everywhere: Public sector organisations tell the same story- they have vast amounts of data, which is just getting vaster.  In truth, it can be hugely difficult to know where exactly it is all stored, as well as identifying why it is important or relevant (if of course at all). Digital transformation can categorise data effectively allowing for more productive user engagement, efficient searching, and ultimately, remove the data you no longer need.
  • Money, money, money:  If you’re storing data that’s no longer required, then it’s costing you money (a major issue today when companies are increasingly being asked to make cost savings.) Whether it’s paper documents from 15 years ago or multiple versions of the same report across different computer systems, digital technology can mean you’re not wasting money unnecessarily. At AI we have identified up to 70% savings for customers who were storing data they didn’t need.
  • 90s Fashion: Floppy disks were once as popular as our favourite shiny shell-suits. We were shocked to read then, just weeks ago, that the US military’s nuclear arsenal is controlled by computers built in the 1970s that still use, you guessed it, 8in floppy disks.  What’s more, the country is spending around $60bn to maintain the computers. Organisations need to move with the times and not spend huge amounts of money and resource maintaining legacy systems which are holding them back.
  • The long arm of the law: Ok, we’re not taking about the boys in blue here but organisations need to comply with the rules and regulations of their industry. This might be storing documents for a certain number of years or deleting personal data after a particular time. This can be specifically problematic if there are no regulatory systems already in place. A digital transformation can cover the compliance requirements, often automatically, keeping you in check.
  • No longer Dolly Parton: Gone are the days when we sit at our desks working 9-5. More and more, employees are working remotely, working on their own devices and hot-desking, for example. But, how can they pull down information if it is hidden behind a firewall in the office? A move towards digital, for instance moving to the cloud, means we can access the information securely wherever we may be.

There are many reasons why organisations are opting for a digital transformation and these are just a snapshot of the vast benefits.

If you want to know more about how your business could take advantage of digitisation, please contact us on info@automated-intelligence.com