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Not just a question of digitalisation

Developing a future-proof company
Digitalisation poses major challenges for companies. At the very latest, when considering possible applications and potentials, a lot of companies are faced not only with technical issues, but often with major transformation processes. A holistic view, and thus the networking of different perspectives, combined with the successful handling of multidimensionality play a decisive role here. Yet relevant aspects often fall victim to the desire for expedience and simplification.

The expectations placed on companies have been growing for years: faster, more individual, more digital, more sustainable and more flexible. Since 2020 we have been feeling this highly dynamic climate more intensely than ever before as companies are increasingly confronted with the question of how to secure their performance in a global, digital and rapidly changing world.

Digitalisation is the big topic and it’s on everyone’s minds, but it is only one piece in the overall economic activity puzzle. Still, utilising its potential is undoubtedly a central building block of any sustainable enterprise. However, it will only lead to success if the main question does not focus solely on technical possibilities, but also on the meaningful and successful interaction of technology and infrastructure, of well thought-out and consistent processes and structures, as well as of people, their areas of competence and their cultures. Never before have people, technology and process been more interwoven.

From our experiences of the last few years, a number of factors have emerged that are critical to success, and we would like to highlight five of those below that we consider to be of particular importance for a successful corporate transformation:

We are undoubtedly on a learning journey with our insights and experiences – like so many companies. In the coming years new insights will be added, approaches will be discarded and new paths will be found.

What is your view on this important topic?

We welcome feedback, ideas, thoughts, discussion and the exchange of experiences.

Meike Querengässer, Michael Herrmann, Tobias Hörner, Ralf Dietle