Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Times – ET Edge Insights, its management, or its members


Today, there is immense pressure for businesses across industries to undergo a digital transformation. It is either go digital or go dark. Owing to the expedited nature of the digital transformations for many businesses, a good many tend to miss the mark and the digital initiatives become disjointed. So, how can your business lay the groundwork for creating an impactful digital transformation? It is undoubtedly more than just adopting the latest technologies. The idea is to build a seamless digital ecosystem that adds value to internal stakeholders and customers alike.

Based on insights from BMC and Knowledge Enthusiast, we have curated a list of books that focus on getting your digital transformation endeavours right.

EDGE: Value-Driven Digital Transformation

EDGE is a framework that gives real guidance to enable a business transition to a digital ecosystem. It includes defined processes and plans for digital transformation projects, with a focus on results. EDGE is the newest addition to this list of digital transformation books, and it may also be the most beneficial for businesses looking for an operational model to help them thrive on the cusp of change. Business leaders will find that the problems identified in the book bear a strong resonance to the existing business climate. It inculcates the rationale and logic pertaining to getting digital transformation endeavours right.  This book acts as a guide towards digital transformation executives and business owners alike.

See Sooner, Act Faster: How Vigilant Leaders Thrive in an Era of Digital Turbulence (Management on the Cutting Edge)

Business volatility has become the new normal, and a company’s existence depends on an attentive leadership that foresees dangers, recognises opportunities, and responds promptly when the time comes. The authors demonstrate how to manage the finite resource of attention, how to recognise weak signals and distinguish them from background noise, and how to respond strategically before competitors can, using real-world examples from Adobe, MasterCard, and Amazon. The authors demonstrate how to encourage alertness and agility in one’s company. What are the benefits? Higher profits, more growth, and longevity for your company.

Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction

The confluence of cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things is transforming the way we function in the twenty-first century. You’ll learn more about how new technologies are disrupting business and government, as well as how your organisation can use this disruption to change itself.

The author shows you how these technologies are driving digital transformation and gives you a road map for sizing up today’s prospects. The authors demonstrate how organisations like Enel, 3M, and the United States Department of Defense are using these technologies to achieve amazing outcomes and thrive in today’s digital world.

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

Even in the face of current geopolitical tensions, the United States and China have a lot to learn from each other as the world’s two largest economies. The author has been following the growth of the venture capital and startup ecosystems in these two nations for years. For the first time in history, China reported more “unicorns” (pre-IPO firms valued at more than $1 billion) than the United States in 2019. Together, the two nations account for 80% of the world’s unicorns – the next generation of the world’s wealthiest organizations. The majority of these unicorns are software and technology firms that employ AI in various ways.

The book provides fascinating anecdotes about the author’s first-hand experiences working and living in the west and the east, as well as how AI has exacerbated structural, cultural, and geopolitical disparities. I recommend taking a deep dive into AI Superpowers if your firm is worldwide or aspires to be global.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Times – ET Edge Insights, its management, or its members

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