The Race Against Digital Darwinism: Six Stages of Digital Transformation

By Brian Solis, Principal Analyst at Altimeter, a Prophet Company

Audience

Intended for digital strategists and executive leadership who are looking for a digital maturity framework to advance technology roadmaps, business models, and processes to compete in the digital economy.

Executive Summary

In our research, we learned that digital transformation is a movement progressing without a universal map to guide businesses through proven and productive passages. This leaves organizations pursuing change from a known, safe approach that correlates with “business as usual” practices. Operating within the confines of traditional paradigms without purpose or vision eventually challenges the direction, capacity, and agility for thriving in a digital economy.

After several years of interviewing those helping to drive digital transformation, we have identified a series of patterns, components, and processes that form a strong foundation for change. We have organized these elements into six distinct stages:                                                                             

  • Business as Usual
  • Present and Active
  • Formalized
  • Strategic
  • Converged
  • Innovative and Adaptive                                                                                        

Collectively, these phases serve as a digital maturity blueprint to guide purposeful and advantageous digital transformation. Our research of digital transformation is centered on the digital customer experience (DCX) and thus reflects one of many paths toward change. We found that DCX was an important catalyst in driving the evolution of business, in addition to technology and other market factors.


Key Findings

This report introduces each of the six stages as a self- contained phase, offering a narrative and a checklist to guide your journey. While presented in a linear format, our research shows that companies may span multiple stages at once depending on their goals, resources, and overlapping initiatives. Use this framework to validate, benchmark, and map your company’s progress toward digital literacy and leadership, but know that you may find yourself revisiting and overlapping stages throughout program and strategy deployment.


Webinar Recording:

Watch our webinar recording to hear from Brian Solis as he reveals key research findings from the report and offers recommendations for companies seeking a digital maturity framework to advance technology roadmaps, business models, and processes to compete in the digital economy.