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7 Books that helped me understand digital transformation a bit better

Holiday vacation offers much-needed down-time to spend with family and friends. Many successful business leaders also use the time for reflection and learning by reading a few books that help broaden their thinking and assess new ways to approach the difficult challenges they face.

These 7 books definitely helped me get a deeper understanding of digital transformation. All are highly recommended to your holiday season reading list!

1. Smart Collaboration, by Heidi K. Gardner

Not all collaboration is smart. Make sure you do it right. Clients increasingly need to solve complex problems--everything from regulatory compliance to cybersecurity, the kinds of problems that only teams of multidisciplinary experts can tackle. Yet most firms have carved up their highly specialized, professional experts into narrowly defined practice areas, and collaborating across these silos is often messy, risky, and expensive. Unless you know why you're collaborating and how to do it effectively, it may not be smart at all. In Smart Collaboration, Heidi K. Gardner shows that firms earn higher margins, inspire greater client loyalty, attract and retain the best talent, and gain a competitive edge when specialists collaborate across functional boundaries.

She also offers powerful prescriptions for how leaders can foster collaboration, move to higher-margin work, increase client satisfaction, improve lateral hiring, decrease enterprise risk, engage workers to contribute their utmost, break down silos, and boost their bottom line. With case studies and real-world insights, Smart Collaboration delivers an authoritative case for the value of collaboration to today's professionals, their firms, and their clients and shows you exactly how to achieve it.


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2. Products2019. A project to map and blueprint the flow and management of products across the product lifecycle

This book will help readers understand what happens to the products of a manufacturing company throughout their lifecycles - from beginning to end. It’s important for those managing and improving the product-related activities of a manufacturing company to have this understanding. It narrates an MBA research project to find out, for a newly appointed CEO of a machine tool manufacturer, what happened with the company’s products from their beginning to their end.

The book follows the project’s three-fold approach across the company’s sites. John Stark has worked with and advised more than 100 manufacturing companies in more than 20 countries. He has experience in all areas of the product lifecycle with companies in a wide range of industry sectors.

3. Digital Transformation: Build Your Organization's Future for the Innovation Age

In Digital Transformation, Herbert draws on her own experiences in leading change and innovation programs globally, as well as featuring insights from experts and leaders from organizations as diverse as the World Wildlife Fund, Morgan Stanley, Royal Caribbean Cruises, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the Rijksmuseum, the American Cancer Society, The Guardian, Harvard University, and many others.

Featuring the 'how to' of digital transformation devised from successes across every sector, Herbert distils it into five actionable stages. These stages act as a repeatable framework for continual innovation, allowing you to produce results immediately and grow change incrementally across your organization.

4. The New IT: How Technology Leaders are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age

The revolution that’s occurring in enterprise IT kicks the tech executive’s role up to a new, more prestigious level. But CIOs who aren’t aware of how to maneuver these changes run the risk of becoming irrelevant players within the organization.

The New IT: How Technology Leaders are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age is a strategy guide for technology professionals who have been on the offensive line of ushering their organizations into the digital age that is now upon us. Unquestionably, these IT visionaries deserve a seat at the leadership table, and the author arms them with the tools to do just that.

By way of research and strategic insight, Dyché provides executives with resources that will train CIOs to succeed in a dynamic workplace.

Dyché is an author, advocate and advisor to top companies around the globe. She has been an IT consultant for over two decades. When Dyché isn’t publishing new material, she lectures at IT conferences and pursues her passion for animal advocacy.

5. The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations

The value proposition of The DevOps Handbook is that the management of technology is a key component for competitiveness in a digital marketplace. It offers research and insight on the role that effective DevOps strategy and development can make on a company.

This guide presents leaders with ways to increase organizational learning by creating cultural norms and deploying the right digital practices.

Kim is the Founder of IT Revolution and also an acclaimed author and researcher. In his career, he has won awards as CTO, which was a role he served in for 13 years. Gene has published four books on technology, including The DevOps Handbook.

Humble is a speaker, author and consultant who has worked with many Fortune 500 companies on their enterprise software development strategy as mentioned above.

Dubois is an expert at bridging the gap between project teams and operations. He is the current CTO of Small Town Heroes and offers specific insight on Agile principles, project management and system administration.

Willis is the current Vice President of DevOps and Digital Practices at SJ Technologies and has worked with IT Revolution for over 35 years.

6.Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation

If you think the phrase “going digital” is only relevant for industries like tech, media, and entertainment—think again.

In Leading Digital, authors George Westerman, Didier Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee highlight how large companies in traditional industries—from finance to manufacturing to pharmaceuticals—are using digital to gain strategic advantage. They illuminate the principles and practices that lead to successful digital transformation. Based on a study of more than four hundred global firms, including Asian Paints, Burberry, Caesars Entertainment, Codelco, Lloyds Banking Group, Nike, and Pernod Ricard, the book shows what it takes to become a Digital Master. It explains successful transformation in a clear, two-part framework: where to invest in digital capabilities, and how to lead the transformation. Within these parts, you’ll learn:

• How to engage better with your customers
• How to digitally enhance operations
• How to create a digital vision
• How to govern your digital activities

The book also includes an extensive step-by-step transformation playbook for leaders to follow.

Leading Digital is the must-have guide to help your organization survive and thrive in the new, digitally powered, global economy.

7. Why Digital Transformations Fail: The Surprising Disciplines of How to Take Off and Stay Ahead

Digital transformation is more important than ever now that we're in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where the lines between the physical, digital, and biological worlds are becoming ever more blurred. But fully 70 percent of digital transformations fail. Former Procter & Gamble Vice President for IT and Shared Services, Tony Saldanha gives you the keys to a successful digital transformation: a proven five-stage model and a disciplined process for executing it.

In this book, the author provides you with a five-stage model for executing a digital transformation. As a former vice president of IT and shared services for Procter & Gamble, the author outlines why digital transformation fail.

Why do you they fail? It’s not due to innovation or technological problems. It’s the details. Yes, the “devil is in the details.” A lack of clear goals and a disciplined process for achieving those make transformation fall off the track.

In the Fourth Industrial Revolution where the lines between the physical, digital, and biological worlds are blurring, it is important to become the next Netflix, not the next Blockbuster.  Using dozens of case studies and his own experience, the author shows how digital transformation can be successful, and not an existential threat.

About the author

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore has more than 15 years of experience in Business Transformation across different industries. Her extensive experience includes helping companies navigate complex regulatory requirements through software solutions. She has been developing and deploying large, multi-faceted enterprise software project, driving revenues as well as market adoption.

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