Guy Wilcox

The Ultimate Guide to Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Transformation

A digital transformation is often undertaken by large organisations and enterprises, but it's no easy feat. 

If you want to make sure that you've considered all aspects when transforming your business processes, then you have come to the right place. 

As a digital transformation consulting company, we have compiled a checklist to guide you as you execute your digital transformation strategy and create business value in new ways. 

The Key to Successful Digital Transformation Program


At Unipro, we have witnessed cases where a business' own digital transformation strategy has been poorly thought out or ill-considered. 

A common error is that a senior stakeholder focuses on the wrong objectives which often results in revenues plummeting or inefficiencies continuing to persist, costing the company either their ability to engage with the market or to keep control of their costs and resulting service capabilities.

Understanding Business Context

We believe it is key to understand the business context before making any decisions on your tech stack. Informed and prioritised objectives will help any steering groups manage change. Allow us to explain with a further example.

A company whose value proposition heavily relies on both marketing reach and a competitive price point will be dramatically impacted when transformation affects either one of those aspects.

If a CTO were to focus on substituting their e-commerce technology from a COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) solution to a cheaper alternative, aiming to save costs in the short term, but changes result in dramatically impacted SEO rankings, it will inevitably impact the company’s capability to drive leads and win new business. 

Use cases like these remind us of a famous fable, the tale that tells of killing a Goose that lays golden eggs, referring to the short-sighted destruction of a valuable resource; an unprofitable action motivated by short-term gain. 

To cite a further example, the converse is also true, when only a longer-term strategy is considered. A CTO might detail a 3–5-year transformation programme to address inefficiencies but fails to consider the business-as-usual aspects of delivering value. 

It is essential to take a considered and balanced approach, planning a longer-term ‘ideal’ strategy and some more tactical ‘quicker win’ initiatives, ensuring that costs can be reduced, and time-to-market accelerated whilst the long-term digital transformation is underway.

Digital Transformation is a Continuous Process

Often transformation programs cost tens, if not hundreds of thousands to deliver, and span over multiple years. However, the business landscape constantly changes, especially in the areas of technology and digital innovations, acknowledging that digital transformation work is never really done, contextualises the importance of taking both a strategic and tactical approach and being flexible regarding digital transformation strategies. 

How to Navigate the Digital Transformation Process
At Unipro we understand that each organisation's digital transformation journey will be unique, therefore we have provided you with the ultimate guide to help you navigate the process successfully. Here are the key steps for your consideration:

1. Understand the Context

Understand the context of the situation up-front. Speak to all the key stakeholders within the business, CEO, CMO, COO, CPO, LOB manager etc. to inform the challenges they face. Put these in context with the core value proposition, operating model of the company and key initiatives that will sit within the business plan.

2. Set Clear Objectives

Define the objectives and goals of your digital business transformation program. Determine what you want to achieve, such as improving operational efficiency, enhancing customer experience, or exploring new business models.

3. Create a Vision and Strategy

Develop a clear vision for your digital transformation and outline the strategic approach to achieve it. Identify the areas that require transformation and prioritise them based on their impact and feasibility.

4. Secure Executive Support

Gain support from top-level executives and ensure their commitment to the digital transformation program. Secure necessary funding, resources, and organizational buy-in to ensure the initiative's success.

5. Conduct a Current State Assessment

Evaluate your organization's current digital capabilities, including infrastructure, systems, processes, and skills. Identify gaps and areas for improvement to determine the scope of your transformation efforts.

6. Develop a Roadmap

Create a roadmap that outlines the step-by-step plan to achieve your digital transformation goals. Break down the transformation into manageable phases or projects, considering dependencies, risks, and resource requirements.

7. Build a Cross-Functional Team

Assemble a dedicated team with diverse skills and expertise to drive the digital transformation program. Include representatives from various departments to ensure collaboration and alignment across the organisation.

8. Invest in Technology

Identify and implement the right digital technologies and tools that align with your transformation objectives. This may include cloud computing, data analytics, accelerated application development, COTS software, artificial intelligence, automation, Internet of Things (IoT), and other relevant solutions.

9. Plan a Realistic Approach

Plan all the transitional services you may require, data migration, re-platforming, security enhancement, quality assurance, integration, and process automation.

10. Foster a Culture of Innovation

Promote a culture of innovation and change within the organization. Encourage employees to embrace digital technologies, experiment with innovative ideas, and collaborate across teams. Provide training and support to develop digital skills.

11. Enhance Data Management and Analytics

Establish robust data management practices to collect, store, and analyze data effectively. Leverage analytics to gain insights, drive informed decision-making, and identify areas for improvement.

12. Redesign Processes

Review and redesign existing processes to optimise them for the digital age. Streamline workflows, eliminate manual tasks, and leverage automation to improve efficiency and agility, you can utilise software service design techniques to do this effectively.

13. Ensure Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

Address security and privacy concerns associated with digital transformation. Implement robust cybersecurity measures, data protection protocols, and compliance frameworks to safeguard sensitive information.

14. Monitor, Measure, and Adapt

Continuously monitor the progress of your digital transformation program. Track key performance indicators (KPIs), measure the impact of your initiatives, and make necessary adjustments along the way.

15. Communicate and Engage

Communicate the progress, benefits, and successes of your digital transformation program to stakeholders at all levels. Encourage feedback and engagement to foster a sense of ownership and involvement.

16. Continual Improvement

Digital transformation is an ongoing process. Regularly reassess your objectives, strategies, and technologies to ensure they remain aligned with evolving business needs and market trends.

In Closing

Remember that the digital transformation journey is unique to each organisation, with variations in business model, competitive environment and market conditions, flexibility is key. Adapt the guide to suit your specific context and challenges. 

Unipro is one of the leading digital transformation consulting firms, designing, developing and optimizing mission-critical digital applications to meet rapidly changing business demands.

If you wish to discuss how our digital transformation services can assist in your unique context, please don't hesitate to get in touch - we'd be more than happy to assist you.