14 Sep, 2017

Digital Transformation Is The Root Of Digital Learning


We have seen digital transformation disrupt industries, and shift businesses toward innovation, by using technology to the best of its ability.

The innovative tools that root from digital transformation have helped enterprises reach the next level of skills like an increase of targeted customer engagement, new IT teams, and ideas that match the speed of the growing competition.

New technology that has been integrated into the workplace has altered the way business professionals work, from traditional towards innovative. This shift in business activities affects every aspect of how we connect, communicate, create and learn.

This new conversation in business has changed the pace at which enterprises operate, by giving them a competitive edge in which productivity is driven. These capabilities need to be supported and guided by all aspects of the organization, so they can fully transform.

In order for enterprises to be fully committed to the idea of digital transformation, they must shift how the core of the business thinks, and change the work culture to meet the demands of this innovative structure.

“Digital transformation is not just about embracing new technology, it is about a change in thought and organization culture.  There is a need for organizations to address the change in business scenarios, dynamic business demands and innovate ways to quickly cater to these changing needs.” Forbes reports. 

Changing the core of the business involves incorporating IT teams and business leaders to make an overall digitally forward experience in order to lower costs, bring a change in the process, people, and business models.

“Digital transformation is a must for today’s organizations; if you’re not willing to change business as usual, your competition will. However, the existing approach to digital has to change. Chief Innovation Officers, Chief Omnichannel Officers, and all of the other new titles popping up in the C-suite indicate that organizations are realizing that they need to embrace digital, but they also imply that organizations think need a bridge-builder to connect all of their different channels, effectively maintaining organizational silos.” Information Week reports. 

Digital transformation has not only changed the way businesses operate, it has changed the way they learn. 

The structures surrounding learning about digital transformation has fundamentally shifted away from traditional tools, and towards more innovative, digital tools.

Let’s Learn, Digitally

Digital transformation is about how you learn, just as much as it’s about what you learn. The tools you use to learn about digital transformation will set your business up for success if used properly.

“However, as digital has fundamentally changed how we find knowledge and share information with each other, it has also steadily shifted the landscape of learning itself,” ZDNet reports. 

A modern, digital learner has evolved from the digital transformation era. This learner uses digital tools in order to receive information to make decisions. Turns out, you may even be one of them.

Think about it, when you want to be informed about something, what do you do? Chances are, you pick up a digital device, and seek Google’s help. You type in a question, or with the help of our friend artificial intelligence, talk to a digital helper, like Siri. Then, you receive an abundant amount of web traffic that directs you toward an answer.

You then pick what website provides you the most information, become informed, all with the click of a button. That is just one example of how digital transformation has affected our society, and how we learn. This form of learning has been supported by the promise of the internet, and online outlets are becoming leading learning tools.

That is just one example of how digital transformation has affected our society, and how we learn. This form of learning has been supported by the promise of the internet, and online outlets are becoming leading learning tools.

So, what traits do these platforms possess, in order to deliver an engaging user experience?

Digital Learning Environments

These online platforms have brought forward a new way of interacting with one another in a digital way. Online learning is now as easy as ever, and it makes for a collaborative experience for users.

This has brought a major change in traditional learning tools. When it comes to corporate education, training employees has changed.

Before digital transformation, methods of learning such as employee orientation, skill building, and onboarding, would consist of reading large content in bulk, in a formal way, leaving very little room for collaboration.

Now, with the rise of digital learning, new methods have emerged that have transformed passive learning to an on-demand practice, promoting collaboration among employees and internet users.

“This is a sharp contrast to the digital era, where knowledge is pervasive, instantly searchable, consumable on-demand, and kept continuously up-to-date by millions of daily global contributors to the online commons. This allows learning — for better or worse, depending on the critic — to be far more situational, on-demand, self-directed, infinitely customized.” ZD Net reports. 

This business change has been named as a “workforce revolution” that must be supported by the enterprise’s IT environment, as well as a learning management system, which is a software that administration can use in order to document, track and report training programs. This tool helps deliver material to employees, administrate tests, track progress and manage records.

The focus of this software is to deliver an online learning experience, but also support other uses like training management systems, which work in a similar way, but solely focus on training, depending on the goal of the company.

Collaboration Is Key In Digital

Collaboration is made possible through digital learning because of the rise of new technologies and techniques that pave the way for enterprises to create new methods in the workplace that are proven to be effective.

Of course, the common digital transformation trends like machine learning, artificial intelligence, language processing, bots and new models for collaboration are involved, which creates an overall seamless digital learning experience.

Different tools are rooted from these trends, that make it all possible. Messaging chats, digital workplace hubs, workplace apps, and productivity apps are among these tools.

“In addition, the rise of social networking technology has allowed people with similar learning interests to come together as a group to share knowledge on a subject — and perhaps even more significantly — to express their passion for an area of learning. This can create deeper, more intense, and more immersive educational experiences within a community of like-minded learners.”  EnterpriseIrregulars added. 

Below, we listed a few collaborative digital tools that can put your enterprise above the wave of digital transformation, and directly into a digital learning landscape.

Cisco Spark

Cisco Spark is a collaborative tool that allows for users to send messages, meetings, and calls, backed by Cisco security, using cloud experience through encryption end to end.

This service is a platform for all things communication such as messaging, video calling, phone, and video conference calls.

Last month, Cisco revealed a new set of security features that will be revealed on through the Spark that focuses on making this tool as secure as possible for mobile customers using the device. These new features are due to the fact that Cisco has revealed that most customers did not have a secured pin on their mobile device.

“Spark analytics reveal that a “shocking” number of people using the Spark app don’t have a PIN lock or fingerprint lock on their device, Rosenberg said, though he declined to give any specific figures.” ZDNet reports.

These features can be found on the Spark app, that will now have updated analytic capabilities, such as accessing conference calls seamlessly, as well as locking the app when it is no longer in the company’s network.

App Fusions

App Fusions and IBM Connections work together in order to make IBM the center for everyday collaborative activities.

The goal for both tools are to connect enterprises, no matter the department, and to make work easier using features such as instant messaging, web conferencing, file sharing, and online document editing.

Whether you are an IT professional, executive or a business leader, this collaborative tool has proven to be effective among all sectors.

So, you’re ready to jump on board of the digital learning wave, finally engage with digital transformation, and take your enterprise to the next step. Now what? Now, you follow a few steps in order to integrate these tools successfully, without losing your employee’s support, and encouraging an overall positive experience.

Enhance Organizational Capability

In order to adapt new digital learning techniques, it is crucial to be able to engage people in changing their mindset and not just teach them how to use the tools. There will be new ways of working when digital learning is incorporated, and these ways need to be completely understood in a transparent way.

If they are not, these changes will fall flat, and employees will not adapt to new ways of working. Understanding digitalization and the changes it brings forward is a stepping stone to the first step of accepting digital transformation and all the innovation that comes with it.

Ensure cooperation between CIOs and HR

CIO’s are extremely important when it comes to adopting new digital learning tools to the work place. In order for their efforts to be successful, they must work together with all departments, especially HR in order to successfully define technology capabilities that come along with digital work and digital learning.

Talent is a key factor when it comes to digital transformation, and individuals must be equipped to meet the needs of digital transformation.

It’s time to rethink every aspect of the learning organization’s operation, including learning leadership Leaders are at the forefront of driving new capabilities, and they need to have the skills to provide digital mentoring and guidance to their teams.” Oeb Insights reports. 

Measure & Analyze Learning

It is impossible to understand if something worked, without analyzing it. In order to fully accept digital learning into your work place, you must learn to measure and analyze the progress of the learning.

This can be done by examining how the learning management system meets new challenges that digital learning brings forward, as well as the ability to execute the tasks that come along with it.

Tracking progress, measuring and then analyzing can put your enterprise in a position to move forward with the shift in digital transformation, accept new learning trends and make sure your organization is at the best of its ability.

All in all, digital transformation brings forward new tools and techniques that encourage enterprises to use digital tools to learn, communicate, and create.

Interested in learning about new digital trends? Attend Digital Enterprise Transformation Assembly. 


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With the rise of digital transformation, digital learning initiatives are increasing more than ever. The way the workplace is structured is changing, integrating new innovative tools in order to effectively engage customers and employees in a transparent way. Digital transformation umbrellas the features that we talk about weekly, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and language processing. Because of these tools, digital learning is made possible and can be successfully integrated into business operations.

The rise of digital learning shows that the way we are processing information is changing. Digital tools are taking the place of traditional tools, and the way we learn is changing forever. As we move closer to 2018, prominent digital technology and business leaders from all the major private and public sectors are looking to CIOs to manage the explosion of information that has ignited digital enterprise.Many are predicting that we are headed towards a “Digital Industrial Revolution”. This has made the role of IT leaders more important than ever.

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