This month we are excited about the upcoming release of our Founder Dr. Domenico Lepore’s new book ‘Moving the Chains: An Operational Solution for Embracing Complexity in the Digital Age‘ from BEP Press NYC. Outspoken as ever, Domenico takes this opportunity to underline the challenges facing organizations today in a world where complexity dominates and digital technologies are disrupting every sector. The writing is clearly on the wall. Companies that see digital technologies as something they can “add on” to business as usual are woefully unprepared. Digital Transformation is not about technology alone.
In the thick of it
The book is enriched by the contribution of a chapter by Stefano Righetti, CEO and co-founder of Hyphen-Italia, a software house in Italy that is an international leader in assisting top fashion and luxury brands and retailers through their digital journey. Stefano and his team work day in day out in the thick of it, to support clients with their digital supply chain.
In his chapter, Stefano points out that Digital Transformation is a major shift that does not simply involve introducing new technology; it calls for a radical rethinking of how we do business and how our organizations function and are shaped. Digital Transformation is no longer an option but a necessity for businesses of any size and level of complexity. It is the only way to remain competitive in a world that switches ever more rapidly between old and new ways of communicating and where omnichannel sales are key.
Stafano observes that Digital Transformation is a change in company culture and involves a new understanding of how the organization must work. It calls for remodeling processes and information flows and adopting new business models fit to exploit the opportunities ushered in by new technologies, new media, and new communication channels.
It is a radical level of change that requires a robust approach, a rigorous method, and adequate tools, requiring both long- and short-term strategies. It involves a complete rethinking of the processes and business model with which the company does business. This rethinking must start with a thorough analysis of the current reality, followed by a consistent redesign of processes that will impact various aspects of the digital supply chain of a product. Only in this way will a company reap all the benefits of the extraordinary new digital means available.
Summing it up
From Stefano’s chapter, we can sum things up to say that Digital Transformation means:
• Supporting and managing processes using Digital Technologies
• Broadening, directing, and managing the network of conversations among people involved in the various roles and the tools/services based on digital technologies
• Governing the hyper-connectivity offered by the digital world, using it to serve people and improve their quality of life, and to improve the business performance of the
• Integrating, harmonizing, and synchronizing the Digital Supply Chain with the Product Supply Chain
• Designing and managing a company as a whole system to facilitate and accelerate flow and to direct the network of conversations towards achieving the goal of the organization
Stefano Righetti, Founder of Hyphen-Italia (centre) with Domenico Lepore and Angela Montgomery at the recent Hyphen-Italia event to launch their breakthrough technology HILP that industrializes the photographic process to accelerate digital transformation.
Since 1999, we have been presenting a new model for a systemic organization in detail, both in terms of the mindset and how to conduct operations. We work alongside CEOs and Executive Teams to support the shift towards more effective, systemic strategy and operations. Our books include ‘Deming and Goldratt: The Decalogue‘, ‘Sechel: Logic, Language and Tools to Manage Any Organization as a Network’, ‘The Human Constraint‘ and most recently, ‘Quality, Involvement and Flow: The Systemic Organization’ . We support our international clients through education, training and the Ess3ntial multi-project software using Critical Chain to schedule competencies and unlock the potential of human resources. Based on our proprietary Decalogue methodology.