Being Digital

April 4, 2016 — Posted by Israel Gat

In a recent HBR article entitled Which Industries Are the Most Digital (and Why)?, the authors measure digital progress and adoption in 22 industry sectors. Specifically, they examine the various industry sectors in light of three categories of digital capabilities: digital assets, digital usage and digital labor, reaching the following conclusion:

“What really sets the leaders apart, however, is the third category: the degree to which they put digital tools in the hands of their employees to ramp up productivity…. The gaps are huge: companies in leading sectors have workforces that are 13 times more digitally engaged than the rest of the economy.”

While “digital” does not necessarily map in a one to one manner to “software proficiency,” my experience time and again in F500 engagement is that the two are highly correlated. Employees fail to make efficient use of digital tools unless both IT and the business units/divisions fully get the nature of modern software, and change their mindsets accordingly.

And this, in a nutshell, is the raison d’etre for what we do at Net Objectives.

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About the author | Israel Gat

Dr. Gat’s executive career spans top technology companies, he has led the development of products enabling companies to move toward next-generation system management technology. Dr. Gat is also well versed in growing smaller companies and has held advisory and venture capital positions for companies in new, high-growth markets. He was presented with an Innovator of the Year Award from Application Development Trends in 2006. Dr. Gat focuses his consulting and writing on technical debt, large-scale implementations of lean software methods and agile business service management (“devops”).



        

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