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)

Hasbro – How to take advantage of strong IP in the digital age?
Last modified on April 30, 2018 at 1:54 pm
Hasbro, owner of many well-known toys and games, has had some troubles bringing its portfolio into the digital age.
BCG: Disrupted by People Analytics?
Posted on April 23, 2018 at 9:37 am
The burgeoning field of people analytics poses a threat to incumbent consultancies.
Massachusetts General Hospital: Digitizing Patient Care
Last modified on April 30, 2018 at 3:05 pm
Hospitals face some of the most daunting digital challenges: an unprecedented growth in unstructured data, the need to standardize IT platforms, and increases in sophisticated cyber threats. On top of that, hospitals are also facing pressure to deliver digital care.[1] [...]
Western Union: Leading or Lagging Digital Transformation?
Hans Latta
Posted on April 28, 2018 at 8:28 am
As mobile payments and blockchain tech challenge the status quo of cross-border money transfers, Western Union must digitally transform itself at the right pace... or risk going the way of the telegraph.
Nielsen: Big Data or Bust
Posted on April 29, 2018 at 5:39 pm
Nielsen has been a market leader in the big data an analytics space for decades. Will their enormous scale and historic dominance become a threat in the digital age?
Digital Tools for Real Estate
Last modified on April 26, 2018 at 10:07 am
Companies like Z-Rent are providing digital tools for analog managers.
Johnson & Johnson: Embracing Digital Transformation
Last modified on April 30, 2018 at 1:22 pm
This essay discusses how Johnson & Johnson is embracing digital innovation and transformation in healthcare.
How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?
Posted on April 30, 2018 at 7:27 am
Keeping up with fast moving digital industries as a manufacturing company
New York City’s Digital Future
Posted on April 30, 2018 at 10:01 am
As better consumers apps and online experiences increase expectations for all service providers, how can an organization as complex as the US's largest city government respond?
Pearson: Always Learning …Except in Digital Transformation
Posted on April 30, 2018 at 3:03 pm
Pearson struggles to transform itself from a publishing company to an education technology company.
Deloitte: when audit turns digital
Posted on April 29, 2018 at 4:18 pm
Can a 2000+ year old industry reinvent itself at once ?
Hitting the Target in Retail
Last modified on April 30, 2018 at 5:59 pm
Currently Target’s digital sales only account for 5% of total sales, but through management’s strong investments in digital transformation, Target is on a promising path.
SoFi – An Illustrative Tale of Why Fintech Disruption is So Difficult
Last modified on April 30, 2018 at 6:02 pm
SoFi – An Illustrative Tale of Why Fintech Disruption is So Difficult The past two decades have witnessed enormous investments into fintech to disrupt the financial services sector, an industry that has been slow to change in the face of [...]
Upgrading the (Smart)House of Mouse for the Digital Age
Posted on April 30, 2018 at 3:44 pm
Disney has dominated the entertainment industry for decades but now struggles as the internet allows for new video services to disintermediate historical channels and directly form relationships with viewers. To succeed in this new arena, Disney will need to aggressive [...]
Deloitte X : How to Reinvent Consulting
Last modified on April 29, 2018 at 10:38 pm
I have spent 4 years at Deloitte Consulting both as a consultant who had to transform my work and as a manager who took a leading role in Deloitte’s transformation in EMEA region. Deloitte has been facing significant challenges and [...]
Li & Fung Must “Innovate or Die”
Posted on April 29, 2018 at 10:58 am
At 112 years old, and with its market capitalization down 80% from its 2011 peak, Li & Fung must “innovate or die” as a Financial Times article put it bluntly. During the 1980s-90s, Li & Fung used acquisition rollups to [...]
ClassPass: doomed to be the next Blockbuster?
Posted on April 30, 2018 at 11:32 am
When the disruptor becomes the disruptee: with the rapid rise of at-home streaming services like Peloton, will ClassPass be able to pivot and survive or will it go the route of Blockbuster post-Netflix?
C&S Wholesale Grocers: Autonomous Vehicles… For Your Apples?
Posted on April 29, 2018 at 11:44 pm
The grocery conglomerate CnS Wholesale Grocers may have earned the HBS case spotlight with its human capital management strategies, but its latest innovation does not involve humans at all. In fact, it features 28-inch-wide autonomous robots.
Investment Banks of the Future
Posted on April 29, 2018 at 3:42 pm
The availability of capital, high costs of being a public company, and decreases in technology costs have led to disruption in the investment banking industry
Huntington Ingalls – Transforming the Shipyard
Last modified on April 30, 2018 at 5:33 pm
The largest military shipbuilding company in the United States is beginning its digital upgrade
OLX: the unicorn the Tech World hoped for… or just another fantasy?
Jean Grey
Posted on April 26, 2018 at 12:39 pm
OLX, the world’s leading classifieds platform, missed the opportunity to go through the right Digital Transformation in a timely manner… Will they still be able to succeed?
AIG & Cyber Insurance – Learning to Insure a Digital World
Last modified on April 30, 2018 at 3:49 pm
One of the World's largest insurers is investing heavily into the most important insurance category of the future: Cyber Insurance.
Manulife: Transforming a Century Old Stalwart
Posted on April 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm
The transformation of a 130-year old financial institution into a digital-centric organization.
ABSA: Getting REALLY radical about digital transformation in banking
Last modified on April 30, 2018 at 1:01 pm
Can ABSA maintain its position as a large player in the South African banking industry as it faces increasing competition from digitally-enabled players with strong data analytics capabilities?