Yet most of those executives are shying away from such a challenge. According to a recent study by MIT Sloan and Capgemini, only 15% of CEOs are executing a digital strategy, even though 90% agree that the digital economy will impact their industry.
As these businesses ignore this reality, early adopters of digital transformation are achieving 9% higher revenue creation, 26% greater impact on profitability, and 12% more market valuation.
Why aren’t more leaders willing to transform their business and seize the opportunity of our hyperconnected world?
The answer is as simple as human nature. Innately, humans are uncomfortable with the notion of change. We even find comfort in stability and predictability. Unfortunately, the digital economy is none of these, it’s fast and always evolving. Digital transformation is no longer an option – it’s the imperative.
At this moment, we are witnessing an explosion of connections, data, and innovations. Even though this hyper-connectivity has changed the game, customers are radically changing the rules – demanding simple, seamless, and personalized experiences at every touchpoint.
Billions of people are using social and digital communities to provide services, share insights, and engage in commerce. All the while, new channels for engaging with customers are created, and new ways for making better use of resources are emerging. It is these communities that allow companies to not only give customers what they want, but also align efforts across the business network to maximize value potential.
To seize the opportunities ahead, businesses must go beyond sensors, Big Data, analytics, and social media. More important, they need to reinvent themselves in a manner that is compatible with an increasingly digital world and its stakeholders.