What is Digital?

By Mathias Tölken On 11-Apr-2017 16:03:34
11 Apr 2017 By Mathias Tölken

What is Digital?

Wherever one looks, the word Digital does tend to crop up more and more. Every business publication will have at least one article concerning some aspect of digital. Often the term is used in conjunction with either Disruption or Transformation, but also derivatives like Digitisation and Digitalisation are becoming more and more widely used. And let’s not forget expressions like going digital. But what is meant by this and what is the difference between all these terms?

In this blog I will have a look at several key phrases and words, what they mean and especially how they relate to each other.  

I will conclude with a short, unified definition of the overarching concept of Digital.

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05 Apr 2017 By Mark Geschke

3 Reasons Why SMEs Should Hire a Business Technology Advisor

Xuviate has been very privileged to be part of not one, but two separate startup accelerator programs over the past two years.

Business advice from the likes of Andrea Böhmert (Knife Capital), Keith Jones (sw7), Riaan Pietersen (Blue Oceans Consulting), Mike Joubert (The Billybo Group), Richard Dewing (Cibecs), Waldo Steyn (ENS Africa) and Marc Ashton (Moneyweb) has been invaluable to us for successfully navigating our business through the last 18 months.

And that got me thinking.

If Startups benefit this much from getting external advice, how much could established small and medium businesses gain from engaging with strategic, external advisors who can assist with complex business technology questions?

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22 Mar 2017 By Mark Geschke

The 5 Stages of Digital Transformation Maturity in Mid-Sized Businesses

After many years of being on the sidelines of the digital transformation (DX) media frenzy you have decided that it is time to do something.

But where and how do you really start?

If you are like me, you will read all the information you can lay your hands on (articles, books, reports) ... and I suspect you will be as confused as I have been for a long time.

To save you all this trouble, we have created a super-easy to use digital transformation (DX) maturity model for mid-sized businesses.

By applying it, you will not only learn more about the big picture of digital transformation, but also gain clarity on what your possible next steps should be based on your current level of maturity.

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14 Mar 2017 By Mathias Tölken

The Speed of Agility: How IT is Teaching Business a Lesson

In last week's blog I observed that "strategy as we know it is dead" and that the practice of setting BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) that last for the next five, ten or even thirty years, is doomed to fail in this fast-paced world.

I then used a word to describe the new state that every organisation should aspire to: agile.

"Agile" (with a capital A) is a term that originated in software development.

But what does it mean?

And more importantly, why and how should we use it to better manage our businesses?

In this blog I will not only answer these questions but also highlight three lessons any business can learn from IT.

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07 Mar 2017 By Mathias Tölken

5 Key Insights the Past Two Years Have Taught Us About Digital Transformation for the Mid-Market

Last week it was 2 years since Mark Geschke and I did officially lay down the reigns at Space Age Technologies to fully focus on Relevant IT and what was to become Xuviate.

In the 3 months that followed, we upgraded the Relevant IT Framework  to version 3 and it has served us well, but recently we realised that it is time again for a revision.

We are busy with that process and will report on it in due course, but in the mean time I would like to reflect a bit on what the past two years have taught us about Digital Transformation and also how the marketplace has changed.

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28 Feb 2017 By Mark Geschke

Delaying Digital Transformation is Super Risky

Open any business publication and I can guarantee that you will find multiple articles about digital disruption and the almost universal need for digital transformation.

And yet, when I talk to senior business and IT leaders of mid-sized businesses there is usually no urgency to address this topic formally. Most are content to wait for a competitor to do something and to then be a fast follower.

Unfortunately this strategy is no longer viable in our digital world and will probably lead to disaster!

To understand why, I'll introduce you to 3 little-known facts that companies with strong digital DNA know very well ... and will use against your company.

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21 Feb 2017 By Mathias Tölken

Survey Confirms – SMEs are Lagging with Digital Transformation

We first went on record in 2015 to say that Digital Transformation (or DX in short) “Squeezes” Mid-Sized Firms.  Last week my business partner Mark Geschke in a blog took a closer look at why we believe that SMEs are potentially the biggest losers of Digital Disruption.

But what do SMEs themselves say? To find out we published a fun Digital Disruption Simulator on our website.

This is a sneak peek at the interim results provided by nearly 150 respondents from all over the world.

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14 Feb 2017 By Mark Geschke

SMEs Potentially Biggest Losers of Digital Disruption

My year started on an absolute high as I had the privilege of joining Peter Diamandis’ Abundance 360 Summit via video-streaming.

It was an absolutely mind-blowing experience and the best reminder of why every company should embark on a digital transformation or DX journey.

I got the inside track from some of the world’s leading authorities on the current state and future prospects of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printing, Autonomous Vehicles, Sensor Networks and Virtual Reality to name a few.

But then I had to get back to earth and in my case this means working with SME IT leaders from around the world who participate in our Mastermind groups.

And while facilitating one of these sessions it finally hit me:

The risks and opportunities from digital disruption are not evenly distributed.

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28 Oct 2016 By Mark Geschke

Who should start the Digital Transformation? It is not who you think...

The term digital transformation is rapidly becoming the Y2K rallying call of our times.

Every business knows they need to do it, yet there is a lot of confusion about what it really is and how to best get started.

In Digital Transformation for Dummies I tried to answer these questions.

Now it is time for the equally important follow-up question of "Who should actually kick-start everything?”

The quick and obvious answer given by most is "the CEO, of course".

Our experiences, however, suggest that the answer is not so clear-cut for many organisations.

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21 Oct 2016 By Andre Badenhorst

4 Easy Steps to Project Coordination [Infographic]


Can you relate with these words: Overwhelmed, Time-constrained, Firefighting, Out of Control, Overworked, Exhausted, Frustrated, Alone, Intimidated?

Are you constantly confronted with limited resources, dragging projects, thrown into the deep end, being on the receiving end of decisions time and time again?

If so, we have quite something for you here. Much more than you would get out of an advanced course in project management. Much less intimidating with easy and practical quick wins that will certainly help you gain more control to get better throughput on important projects that are of real value to your business.

We'll start with the bigger picture and break it down into practical steps. The infographic that comes along with this article will show you where you are at this stage and what next steps you need to do.

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