Driving Digital Transformation

April 30, 2018

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For this final blog post, please pick one company that you are familiar with (e.g., a company you worked at). First, describe the current challenges and opportunities the company is facing due to digital transformation. Then recommend changes the company needs to make to address these challenges or take advantages of these opportunities. In your post, please consider any organizational changes the company needs to make, and potential internal resistance when implementing your recommendation (and strategies to overcome such resistance).

Create an approximately 1,000-1,500 word post to make your contribution on d3.harvard.edu/platform-digit by 6pm on April 30. Please create appropriate tags for your post. Please also respond to and comment on three other posts by May 1. Feel free to use graphics, data, videos, and links to other sites to corroborate your points.

Submitted (58)

BCG: Digitally disrupting … or disrupted?
Posted on April 20, 2018 at 10:24 pm
Will management consulting be disrupted by AI bots?
Wayfair – A Zillion Things Home
E. Haviland
Posted on April 17, 2018 at 3:38 pm
Wayfair is a company that has seen successful growth, a well-executed rebrand, a $1 billion IPO and international expansion.
Digital Disney: Transforming the Happiest Place on Earth
Last modified on April 21, 2018 at 10:48 pm
The leader in media entertainment, Disney faces an existential crisis with the rise of digital streaming. With ~200,000 employees, established brands, and a business inextricably linked to the traditional system, how can Disney transform itself in today's digital era?
Pernod Ricard: digitalizing the world of premium drinks
Posted on April 22, 2018 at 12:59 pm
This post explores how the second largest spirits company in the world embraces digital transformation and technology era to build closer ties with its customers.
Rethinking the Video Game Business Model
Posted on April 24, 2018 at 9:06 pm
Activision Blizzard is one the largest video game publishers in the world and has seen tremendous success over the past 5 years. Moving forward, it must re-evaluate its strategic and operational positioning to adapt to a set of transformational digital [...]
“Do as I say, not as I do”: how consulting firms are addressing digital transformation
Posted on April 23, 2018 at 1:38 pm
Management consulting companies mastered the art of selling “digital transformation” projects to their clients, but still struggle to embed digital tools in their internal processes and operating model.
Personal Trainers and Technology: A Match Made in Heaven?
Posted on April 29, 2018 at 8:18 pm
How should Shad Hall Gym's personal trainers respond to the threats and opportunities posed by digital transformation?
Electronic Arts: Game On
Last modified on April 27, 2018 at 9:43 pm
Amidst the tide of rapidly advancing hardware, software, and internet technologies, companies in the video game industry must constantly evolve to stay competitive. Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), one of largest game software development and publishing companies in the world, is [...]
How Can the U.S. Military Win in the Digital Age?
Posted on April 28, 2018 at 11:15 pm
Even the world's must powerful military must radically change to adapt to Digital Innovation and Transformation
The App Store | Apple’s Move To Services
Last modified on April 22, 2018 at 11:35 pm
As the outsized iPhone growth of the past few years fades, investors are turning their heads to Apple Services. Moving the App Store’s focus from a pure search platform to driving discovery and better monetization is key for the Cupertino, [...]
Morgan Stanley: Who do you want to manage your money? Robots or humans?
Posted on April 28, 2018 at 1:13 pm
Can incumbent financial services firms avoid disruption by new entrants?
Nike X Amazon: To Partner, Or Not To Partner
Ross Galloway
Posted on April 30, 2018 at 3:52 pm
Nike has a classic frienemy problem with Amazon, but to reach its $50B revenue target Nike must expand its Amazon partnership
NBCUniversal: A Path to Going D2C
Last modified on April 26, 2018 at 12:28 pm
NBCUniversal needs to make an investment in itself, not other digital entities, to go direct-to-consumer, positioning it to better capture changing viewership habits and make smarter content bets.
Brewing a Successful Future at Nespresso?
Last modified on April 30, 2018 at 4:40 am
As competitors continued to chip away at its market share, Nespresso has been spending heavily on marketing and R&D to stay ahead, two areas in which the company is known to excel. Furthermore, Nespresso, and Nestle overall, have been increasingly [...]
Fender Guitars: Can the Electric Guitar Make a Comeback?
Posted on April 27, 2018 at 1:07 pm
Is the Electric Guitar Dead? Fender Guitar is undergoing a digital transformation to return the instrument to its former glory as the core instrument of pop music. However, the company needs to balance digital innovation with its sensitive 'purist' customer [...]
Goldman Sachs – A Technology Company?
Brittany W
Posted on April 26, 2018 at 12:22 pm
In early 2017, Lloyd Blankfein (Goldman Sachs CEO) stated “We are a technology firm. We are a platform.” Goldman Sachs still has a long way to go, but is taking steps in the right direction to effectively employ digital technologies. [...]
Souche, the pioneer of S2b2c model in China’s auto industry
Peter Chen
Last modified on April 25, 2018 at 2:15 am
Introduction of Souche Souche is the largest used car trading service provider in China and has pioneered the S2b2c model in China’s auto industry. By the end of 2017, the sales volume through its platform already exceeded $24 billion, increased [...]
McKinsey & Company – will “The Firm” win DIGITAL?
Last modified on April 30, 2018 at 11:45 am
McKinsey and Company - will The Firm win DIGITAL? A blog post discussing McKinsey and Co. and the race to adapt to the digital revolution and keep leading the management consulting industry.
Digital Transformation of Health Care Delivery in Academic Medical Centers
Jay Kumar
Posted on April 30, 2018 at 11:38 am
By using digital technologies to transform healthcare delivery - and not merely use technology to complement existing methods - academic medical centers can help lead a broad movement in changing the US healthcare system.
Disney is Going to Win D2C
Laura Barnes
Last modified on April 30, 2018 at 4:24 pm
Disney is in a great position to win the Direct to Consumer fight.
eBay – No More Auctions?
Last modified on April 29, 2018 at 1:30 am
eBay, starting off as an auction site, was quickly surpassed by Amazon in US and has encountered strong opponents in international markets. How should it transform and re-invent itself in order to win in competition?
Florida Power and Light: Disrupted by Data
Posted on April 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Florida Power and Light is under attack by a wide range of digital innovations. By embracing this digital transformation utilities like FPL have the chance to control the energy ecosystem into the future, but if they don't fast they could [...]
The failure of Beepi
Last modified on April 27, 2018 at 11:45 pm
Beepi fell from being the Top 10 hottest e-commerce firm to closing up shop in just 3 years. How could it be played out differently?
Emirates NBD, an almost perfect digital transformation
Posted on April 30, 2018 at 11:53 am
An increase in mobile penetration rate and connectivity speed in the emerging markets and the Middle East specifically has opened the road for disruption in several industries. Big players long advantaged not only by years of experience but also by [...]
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