The Great Digital Transformation
We were already digital; all we needed to do was transform.
Many of us have long held that in Digital Transformation, the key lies in Transformation, not the Digital. Digital is a fact, and Transformation is an option. Is it?
Isn’t digitization the cause and transformation of the effect? Could you say that we have been able to develop a digital environment, a digital economy, digital communication, but we have not been able to adapt to our creation? I think so. It could say precisely that.
But hypotheses need an empirical demonstration to contrast their validity. It means that an experiment must be able to be developed that stresses the premise and can confirm, with the slightest margin for error and uncertainty, the hypothesis. The experimental environment, put to add complexity, must be assimilated to what we would all accept as “reality”.
We face the most fabulous Beta of all time.
And there came an experimental environment that we never predicted, that we never imagined and never desired. It’s called Covid-19 and has made reality the greatest experimental environment of all time.
This submicroscopic body has achieved two unthinkable things (not to mention health drama, the tragedy of deaths and social and economic chaos): enclosing humanity at home (understand me, I use a home as a general term to refer to global confinement) and make individuals aware of their interdependence.
Analog world “pause”. Digital environment “play”.
There is a third thing, a product of the two mentioned above, that COVID-19 has provoked: to show that we were already digital, but we had not noticed.
The streets are deserted, and the Internet is buzzing with activity. Offices are empty and Collaborative Platforms fill the screens of the faces of colleagues, collaborators, customers and teams.
The Cloud is no longer an ethereal place where IT engineers had led us to believe that data, tools and, ultimately, all or almost everything our business needs to function, and it becomes a fluid, reliable and robust workspace. The Cloud exists. And it works.