What is a Digital Transformation Platform?

What is a Digital Transformation Platform?

Discover why digital transformation platforms are a critical technology component to power your growth

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A Digital Transformation Platform is a computing platform used to support the orchestration of business models in support of the digital transformation of an enterprise, where digital transformation describes a foundational change in how an enterprise delivers value to its customers. A digital transformation normally represents an adjustment to the business model adopted by an enterprise to create its customer value and profitable returns for shareholders.

Digital Platforms and Ecosystems

Technology leaders increasingly talk about digital platforms and ecosystems; but what are they, and what’s the difference between them?

Our interpretation at Encanvas is that a platform is a computing platform used to orchestrate business models serving the data processing needs of an organization, while an ecosystem does more to serve the data processing needs of a community. That said, when people speak of digital transformation platforms, they often blur the line between the two. It has become quite a muddy area of technology understanding!

The impact of digital transformation platforms on business success

The outcome of implementing a digital transformation platform is normally a step-change in operational effectiveness and growth.

Recent research conducted by Harvard Business School suggests that companies that are digital laggards don’t perform as well as those that embrace digital transformation. They write, “Organizations that scored in the top quartile of our digital transformation index obtained much better gross margins, earnings, and net income than organizations in the bottom digital quartile. Other financial and operating indicators showed similar disparities.”

Harnessing new digital technologies to create more customer value and reduce operating costs is a challenging prospect for many organizations accustomed to primarily investing in slow-coach IT to keep the lights on. To leverage the potential of technologies like big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain, the Internet of Things, virtual reality and cloud computing (etc.), your enterprise needs to embrace a digital ecosystem that’s able to embrace new technologies and adapt to change affordably and expediently. That’s why

NDMC invented encanvas to support digital transformations by equipping organizations to adapt their IT to fit their business model. We describe it as a business model orchestration and it normally means the evolution of enterprise IT architecture to embrace codeless ‘Live Wireframing’ of applications.

A 2019 report by Zenzar found that employees too understand the value of having the right digital tools to get the job done. More than three-fourths (76%) of the 1,000-plus survey group said having the digital tools they need at work makes them more productive. More than half (53%) said it makes them more successful. The same share said they would be more empowered to better manage workflow if provided with the IT tools they needed, and 42% said it speeds up boring tasks. Some 68% of the 18 to 34 age group said having the digital tools they need at work makes them more productive. That’s a significant share. But it’s even higher – at 80% – for the 35 to 54 age group. And a whopping 83% of workers age 55 and older agreed.

Adopting a top-down approach to enterprise IT – and creating a single, unifying digital transformation platform with modern cloud technology – will transform your business and its ability to compete in the digital age.

McKinsey & Co. suggest companies with digital platforms enjoyed an annual boost in earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of 1.4 percent, compared with the 0.3 percent gains of non-players. They go on to state that performance effects are cumulative, with EBIT improvements adding to early-year gains, so over a five- year period, platform players may capture an additional 10 percent in EBIT growth—a company’s 2 percent EBIT growth, for example, would increase to 2.2 percent in year five. Source: ‘The right digital-platform strategy’, McKinsey & Co, May 2019

According to IT analyst firm Gartner, a digital ecosystem is – ‘..an interdependent group of enterprises, people and/or things that share standardized digital platforms for a mutually beneficial purpose, such as commercial gain, innovation or common interest, growth and shareholder returns.’

Example

A good example of a digital transformation platform is Amazon. At amazon.com customers get the benefit of using the Amazon platform to find and purchase products. They also are able to manage their own account, coordinate logistics, see the progress of orders, and more. At one time, all of these duties would’ve been performed by back-office workers operating Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. Not today. Digital Transformation Platforms displace much of the need for businesses to enter data or operate Systems of Record.

About Encanvas

Encanvas is an enterprise software company that specializes in helping businesses to create above and beyond customer experiences.

From Low Code to Codeless

Better than code-lite and low-code, we created the first no code (codeless) enteprise application platform to release creative minds from the torture of having to code or script applications.

Live Wireframe

Use Encanvas in your software development lifecycle to remove the barrier between IT and the business. Coding and scripting is the biggest reason why software development has been traditionally unpredictable, costly and unable to produce best-fit software results. Encanvas uniquely automates coding and scripting. Our live wireframing approach means that business analysts can create the apps you need in workshops, working across the desk with users and stakeholders.

AppFabric

When it comes to creating apps to create a data culture and orchestrate your business model, there’s no simpler way to instal and operate your enterprise software platform than AppFabric. Every application you create on AppFabric adds yet more data to your single-version-of-the-truth data insights. That’s because, we’ve designed AppFabric to create awesome enterprise apps that use a common data management substrate, so you can architect and implement an enterprise master data management plan.

Customer Data Platform

Encanvas supplies a private-cloud Customer Data Platform that equips businesses with the means to harvest their customer and commercial data from all sources, cleanse and organize it, and provide tooling to leverage its fullest value in a secure, regulated way. We provide a retrofittable solution that bridges across existing data repositories and cleanses and organizes data to present a useful data source. Then it goes on to make data available 24×7 in a regulated way to authorized internal stakeholders and third parties to ensure adherence to data protection and FCA regulatory standards.

Encanvas Secure&Live

Encanvas Secure and Live (‘Secure&Live’) is a High-Productivity application Platform-as-a-Service. It’s an enterprise applications software platform that equips businesses with the tools they need to design, deploy applications at low cost. It achieves this by removing coding and scripting tasks and the overheads of programming applications. Unlike its rivals, Encanvas Secure&Live is completely codeless (not just Low-Code), so it removes the barriers between IT and the business. Today, you just need to know that it’s the fastest (and safest) way to design, deploy and operate enterprise applications.

Learn more by visiting www.encanvas.com.

The Author

Nick Lawrie is the CEO of NDMC Ltd and a member of the Encanvas Steering Group. His background is in corporate finance where he served for several decades as a Fortune 500 CFO. Nick is an experienced practitioner in large-scale enterprise IT and change management projects. He can be contacted via his LinkedIn profile.

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What is a digital ecosystem?

What is a digital ecosystem?

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According to IT analyst firm Gartner, a digital ecosystem is – ‘..an interdependent group of enterprises, people and/or things that share standardized digital platforms for a mutually beneficial purpose, such as commercial gain, innovation or common interest, growth and shareholder returns.’

Digital Ecosystems have become more visible in enterprise computing owing to the increased focus towards digital transformation. Digital transformation describes a foundational change in how an organization delivers value to its customers. It normally represents an adjustment to the business model adopted by an enterprise to create its customer value and profitable returns for shareholders.

As a matter fo fact, the world of business has gone mad for digital ecosystems in the last few years, partly driven by the awareness of technologies like Blockchain that make it possible to create a federated and trusted digital market-place for ‘anything.’

Purpose and benefits

The purpose of a digital ecosystem is to provide the data processing capability needed support a community of users in the delivery of a process or function. The benefit of using a common digital ecosystem across a community is to reduce frictional costs, not to mention the cost of operating IT for each contributor. With Digital ecosystems, IT costs are shared by the community, probably in the form of a subscription charge.

Example

A good example of a digital ecosystem is a city-wide Internet of Things platform. These are being developed by leading cities around the world including Barcelona, London and Tallinn in Estonia. The principal of a city-wide digital IOT ecosystem is to enable all digital services to be provisioned and paid for using a common technology substrate. It means that citizens and visitors can register for a service with their ID and then pay for (and consume) services more easily.

Examples of services include car park payments, transport payments, lifelong learning and gym fees, computer printing and copying etc. For any such digital ecosystem, a digital platform is required able to manage and house applications deployed as services.

About Encanvas

Encanvas is an enterprise software company that specializes in helping businesses to create above and beyond customer experiences.

From Low Code to Codeless

Better than code-lite and low-code, we created the first no code (codeless) enterprise application platform to release creative minds from the torture of having to code or script applications.

Live Wireframe

Use Encanvas in your software development lifecycle to remove the barrier between IT and the business. Coding and scripting is the biggest reason why software development has been traditionally unpredictable, costly and unable to produce best-fit software results. Encanvas uniquely automates coding and scripting. Our live wireframing approach means that business analysts can create the apps you need in workshops, working across the desk with users and stakeholders.

AppFabric

When it comes to creating apps to create a data culture and orchestrate your business model, there’s no simpler way to install and operate your enterprise software platform than AppFabric. Every application you create on AppFabric adds yet more data to your single-version-of-the-truth data insights. That’s because, we’ve designed AppFabric to create awesome enterprise apps that use a common data management substrate, so you can architect and implement an enterprise master data management plan.

Customer Data Platform

Encanvas supplies a private-cloud Customer Data Platform that equips businesses with the means to harvest their customer and commercial data from all sources, cleanse and organize it, and provide tooling to leverage its fullest value in a secure, regulated way. We provide a retrofittable solution that bridges across existing data repositories and cleanses and organizes data to present a useful data source. Then it goes on to make data available 24×7 in a regulated way to authorized internal stakeholders and third parties to ensure adherence to data protection and FCA regulatory standards.

Encanvas Secure&Live

Encanvas Secure and Live (‘Secure&Live’) is a High-Productivity application Platform-as-a-Service. It’s an enterprise applications software platform that equips businesses with the tools they need to design, deploy applications at low cost. It achieves this by removing coding and scripting tasks and the overheads of programming applications. Unlike its rivals, Encanvas Secure&Live is completely codeless (not just Low-Code), so it removes the barriers between IT and the business. Today, you just need to know that it’s the fastest (and safest) way to design, deploy and operate enterprise applications.

Learn more by visiting www.encanvas.com.

The Author

Nick Lawrie is the CEO of NDMC Ltd and a member of the Encanvas Steering Group. His background is in corporate finance where he served for several decades as a Fortune 500 CFO. Nick is an experienced practitioner in large-scale enterprise IT and change management projects. He can be contacted via his LinkedIn profile.

Further reading

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The impact of digital transformation on business success

The outcome of a digital transformation is normally a step-change in operational effectiveness and growth.

Recent research conducted by Harvard Business School suggests that companies that are digital laggards don’t perform as well as those that embrace digital transformation. They write, “Organizations that scored in the top quartile of our digital transformation index obtained much better gross margins, earnings, and net income than organizations in the bottom digital quartile. Other financial and operating indicators showed similar disparities.”

Harnessing new digital technologies to create more customer value and reduce operating costs is a challenging prospect for many organizations accustomed to primarily investing in slow-coach IT to keep the lights on. To leverage the potential of technologies like big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain, the Internet of Things, virtual reality and cloud computing (etc.), your enterprise needs to embrace a digital ecosystem that’s able to embrace new technologies and adapt to change affordably and expediently. That’s why

What subjects does digital transformation focus on?

Research suggests that the most common focus of digital transformation are projects that improve customer experience or create more customer value. Examples include:

  • Portal applications to encourage self-service
  • Projects to make more information and services transparent to customers
  • Simpler logistics, automation, and billing
  • Chatbots and customer support services brought online
  • Projects to capture more customer insight to deliver more personalized, tailored products and services

Orchestrating your digital transformation

NDMC invented encanvas to support digital transformations by equipping organizations to adapt their IT to fit their business model. We describe it as a business model orchestration and it normally means the evolution of enterprise IT architecture to embrace codeless ‘Live Wireframing’ of applications.

A 2019 report by Zenzar found that employees too understand the value of having the right digital tools to get the job done. More than three-fourths (76%) of the 1,000-plus survey group said having the digital tools they need at work makes them more productive. More than half (53%) said it makes them more successful. The same share said they would be more empowered to better manage workflow if provided with the IT tools they needed, and 42% said it speeds up boring tasks. Some 68% of the 18 to 34 age group said having the digital tools they need at work makes them more productive. That’s a significant share. But it’s even higher – at 80% – for the 35 to 54 age group. And a whopping 83% of workers age 55 and older agreed.

Where to start?

Adopting a top-down approach to enterprise IT – and creating a single, unifying digital platform with modern cloud platforms – will transform your business and its ability to compete in the digital age.

McKinsey & Co. suggest companies with digital platforms enjoyed an annual boost in earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of 1.4 percent, compared with the 0.3 percent gains of non-players. They go on to state that performance effects are cumulative, with EBIT improvements adding to early-year gains, so over a five- year period, platform players may capture an additional 10 percent in EBIT growth—a company’s 2 percent EBIT growth, for example, would increase to 2.2 percent in year five. Source: ‘The right digital-platform strategy’, McKinsey & Co, May 2019

About Encanvas

Encanvas is an enterprise software company that specializes in helping businesses to create above and beyond customer experiences.

From Low Code to Codeless

Better than code-lite and low-code, we created the first no code (codeless) enterprise application platform to release creative minds from the torture of having to code or script applications.

Live Wireframe

Use Encanvas in your software development lifecycle to remove the barrier between IT and the business. Coding and scripting is the biggest reason why software development has been traditionally unpredictable, costly and unable to produce best-fit software results. Encanvas uniquely automates coding and scripting. Our live wireframing approach means that business analysts can create the apps you need in workshops, working across the desk with users and stakeholders.

AppFabric

When it comes to creating apps to create a data culture and orchestrate your business model, there’s no simpler way to install and operate your enterprise software platform than AppFabric. Every application you create on AppFabric adds yet more data to your single-version-of-the-truth data insights. That’s because, we’ve designed AppFabric to create awesome enterprise apps that use a common data management substrate, so you can architect and implement an enterprise master data management plan.

Customer Data Platform

Encanvas supplies a private-cloud Customer Data Platform that equips businesses with the means to harvest their customer and commercial data from all sources, cleanse and organize it, and provide tooling to leverage its fullest value in a secure, regulated way. We provide a retrofittable solution that bridges across existing data repositories and cleanses and organizes data to present a useful data source. Then it goes on to make data available 24×7 in a regulated way to authorized internal stakeholders and third parties to ensure adherence to data protection and FCA regulatory standards.

Encanvas Secure&Live

Encanvas Secure and Live (‘Secure&Live’) is a High-Productivity application Platform-as-a-Service. It’s an enterprise applications software platform that equips businesses with the tools they need to design, deploy applications at low cost. It achieves this by removing coding and scripting tasks and the overheads of programming applications. Unlike its rivals, Encanvas Secure&Live is completely codeless (not just Low-Code), so it removes the barriers between IT and the business. Today, you just need to know that it’s the fastest (and safest) way to design, deploy and operate enterprise applications.

Learn more by visiting www.encanvas.com.

The Author

Nick Lawrie is the CEO of NDMC Ltd and a member of the Encanvas Steering Group. His background is in corporate finance where he served for several decades as a Fortune 500 CFO. Nick is an experienced practitioner in large-scale enterprise IT and change management projects. He can be contacted via his LinkedIn profile.

Further reading