Transformative capabilities

Step seven of the digital transformation cycle

Building on the foundational work, this stage is for the implementation of larger-scale systems and practices that allow a business to fundamentally reshape its existing operating model or significantly improve current operations, depending on goal. 

This stage revolves around activities that mark a larger shift. It might be the use of a powerful industrial system to support more comprehensive data analysis, or a structured data management strategy to facilitate a culture of continuous development for executives and engineers alike.

Even as the final step in the digital transformation cycle, businesses must build on these capabilities to continually improve and remain competitive. As such, activities in the transformative capabilities stage should not be seen as a goal in their own right: they are another step towards achieving a meaningful business outcome, albeit in a more advanced way than with foundational work.