There are many definitions for Digital Transformation and Wikipedia —
not the most erudite source of knowledge – has a good one: Digital transformation is the changes associated with the application of digital technology in all aspects of human society. Behind the simplification of this sentence lies a complex web of historical events. Is Digital Transformation a “new new thing”? How do we get here? What are the fundamentals of a “disruptive era”?
Post-industrial society (Daniel Bell), post-fordism, post-modern society, knowledge society, telematic society, information revolution, liquid modernity, network society, second machine age, third wave. These are some of the names that defines a period where knowledge and/or services became the main force of social and economical development. In a big picture, humanity moved from agriculture to industry and finally to digital. In the current stage computer is central as steam power was for Industrial Revolution1.
Inside of the New Era
The post Second War period, from 1950 to present, is brilliantly divided by Capgeminiin four parts and Digital Transformation is the ongoing moment. For them “what has changed in recent years is the acceleration of both the capabilities of digital tools as well as the pace of adoption by customers, employees, and organisations alike.”
The Digital Metamorphosis
Digital Transformation is part of an Odyssey beginning in the dawn of computer age and moving towards the unknown future — paradoxically happening in a Knowledge Society. To be part of it we need a permanent metamorphosis reinventing new ways of doing business, processes and products.
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