Digital transformation is an interesting business paradigm as well as a mathematical conjecture! You may see a lot of hidden dimensions and aspects if you visualize digital transformation a little bit in terms of mathematical physics.
In mathematical parlance, we have heard of a lot of transformation operators such as Laplace transform, Fourier transform, fast Fourier transform etc. You may see digital transformation as one such operator for a while.
Let’s consider the current enterprise context as a state of business flux. Flux is an interesting term used to denote the collection of vectors varying in multiple dimensions. Hence business flux is an apt term to denote any enterprise in our times. Every enterprise is made of cultures, technology standards, business models and processes which has evolved at different points in time with different velocity and variance.
Digital transformation operator is applied to this business flux. What happens next?
Enterprises kick start their transformation journey when the beginning point is not well defined. How should we baseline this beginning? It is worth serious attention.
What is the nature of this business flux?
When you look at a business flux, you can see a few interesting patterns. Some of the projects, processes, cultural behaviors, technology standards etc may be antagonistic / divergent / inertial to the digital transformation trajectory, while others are coherent and convergent to the digital transformation operator . These divergent parameters need to normalized to the baseline. This digital normalization is an essential precursor to the digital transformation journey.
What happens in this normalization? The divergent elements will be undergoing a preliminary phase in which variations will be minimized and then passed to a filter. In this filter, these elements will be functionally connected to the business baseline.
Locating the digital inflection points in the enterprise is another essential prelude to digital transformation. They will become critical nodes to define the pathway towards digital transformation. We will cover this aspect in another article.