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While everybody is talking about “the Digital Transformation”, only few really take action and embark on this transformation journey.

Why is that? Some may think this is just another blurb which will pass by. Others may want to wait and see what the best way to transform is. And some may simply be overwhelmed and have no idea what the buzz is all about. Here are some facts you need to know to plan the digital transformation for your organization and not be left behind in the digital economy (r)evolution.

In this blog we will disseminate information about the digital skills and enablement needed for the digital transformation. We will examine the different new and known job roles required by a digital transformation of an organization. And we will show you why you need to get ready for the digital transformation journey right now.

The digital economy is not a blurb, it is reality

Let’s start to understand why organizations need to pay more and more attention to the digital transformation. As a fact, we are living in a digitalized world and the digital economy has become a reality already. This realization is driving many organizations to think about transforming their own business governance, models and processes at last – to be more competitive and relevant for the digital economy.

The Digital Transformation is a necessity with challenges

The digital economy is transforming business decisions, governance and processes. Most business leaders believe that achieving digital transformation is

becoming critical to their organizations. Almost all employees believe digital transformation is right for their organization. They see the effects of the digital economy in their personal lives. It only makes sense to bring the same ease of use, the same connectivity, and the same digital-driving opportunities to the workplace.

Organizations will have different manners, ways and rhythms to go through a digital transformation.

The digital transformation is not a one-time effort with a clearly defined final target-state, but rather a journey. New business practices are emerging every day…says Dr. Bernd Welz, executive vice president and head of Scale, Enablement & Transformation, SAP SE.

However, the greatest challenges for an organization in a digital transformation are empowering the employees, and transforming their internal business processes.

A recent survey, which was conducted among SAP User Groups worldwide by IDT on skills for digital transformation to help companies prioritize skill development, confirmed this with the following outcome:

  • Gaps in cross-functional knowledge may become a major obstacle for digital transformation.
    • 88% of respondents state that extensive business related knowledge on the IT side is crucial for developing a digital transformation strategy. In turn,
    • 57% state that business executives need extensive technology skills to be able to develop a successful digital transformation strategy for their company.
  • Despite these numbers, most companies seem to be lacking the relevant cross-functional knowledge necessary for doing so.
    • While 58% of respondents claim that their IT executives actually possess the business-related knowledge necessary to enable the successful digital transformation of their company,
    • only 27% said that their business executives possess the technology skills necessary for digital transformation.

Digital Skills you need to be successful

Let’s see what digital skills are needed for an organization to run a successful digital transformation.

We identified three groups of profiles to be the key roles for the digital transformation:

·         Business Leaders are facing a wave of technological adoption. They are driven by

o   the convergence of Big Data,

o   exponential growth in sensors, connected devices, and social media,

o   in-memory computing and machine learning technologies which enable real-time predictive analytics,

o   Cloud technologies which enable on-demand computing inexpensively and at scale.

·         IT leaders have a key role to build and run the digital transformation of the information technology (IT) infrastructure and applications that enable and drive the business strategy and goals of the organization.

·         IT professionals are the pivot roles to make a digital transformation a reality and execute this transformation within an organization. They have to be prepared to digitally transform across any of the five key pillars (skill areas) of a Digital Transformation.

According to mentioned survey conducted by IDT, the top 5 skill areas with a major importance for the digital transformation are: Digital Security, Business Change Management, Business Networks, Big Data (data science and architecture), and Internet of Things (IoT).

Executives and leaders will require enabelment support as well.

To prepare executives and professionals for their roles in leading the digital transformation journey and to get them engaged with academia and partners, we launched a new community: The SAP Education Network for Digital Transformation.

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Learn more about this community and the education program (click here).

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