Digital transformation is not simply about technology but also about people and change management. Transformation always needs to be supported by culture change and building digital skills and competency to effect profit for the company.
Our masterclass, held 15 October, at Coworkstyle business hub in Lagos and was a pathway to expand our footprint in Lagos. Our course facilitator was Gboyega Awokoya, a Digital Adviser who supports Business to innovate on a digital platform, with a focus on the business model.
The masterclass covered an overview and fundamentals of digital transformation, the technology that’s available to help and discussed how and when business should apply them as they grow.
This workshop course is designed for Entrepreneurs and SME business owners with a focus on business growth. The format provides key growth strategies and also provide peer-to-peer connections and an expert support structure.
Microsoft Case Study Review
Adescoy is an IT consultancy firm, previously setup by Gboyega Awokoya, in London UK.
Company is a registered member of the Microsoft Partner Network, which provides an advantage of a rich portfolio of services that helps deploy solutions that add value to end customers. We have developed competencies which give us the expertise to serve our customers better.
We also provide a service to assist companies migrate from an IT Server model to using the ‘Cloud’ model, i.e. applications are web enabled and supplied as SaaS (Software as a Service) with storage off premises (Microsoft Online Services). We are positioned to help with vendor selection and business solutions.
Digital Transformation enabled by Microsoft
Adescoy issued its consultants with new tablets using Windows 8.1 and moved from on-premises Office productivity tools – to Office 365 applications and services in the Microsoft cloud (May 2014).
Intuitive document management, and integrated technologies such as Skype and Outlook, meant less time was needed to bring new consultants up to speed. This empowered Adescoy’s ambition to have more consultants and a bigger client base. Moving Microsoft Office to the Microsoft Cloud reduced overheads and gave greater flexibility to remote workers.
The cost reduction came from two sources:
1] There’s no need for server licences or various software upgrades. And, with Microsoft’s technical support, there’s no need to employ an IT administrator.
2] Integrated features such as OneDrive document storage and sharing have reduced the amount of time needed to carry out administrative tasks.
The Microsoft Cloud has also made it easier for mobile workers to collaborate. They access up-to-date, secure documents wherever they are – enabling them to take decisions and close negotiations during client meetings.