Why Digital Transformation Initiatives Fail

Sophia ClarkeJuly 16, 2018
Why Digital Transformation Fails

So many businesses stopped existing because they didn’t adopt emerging technologies. But when companies try embracing new technology, they might fail in their first attempt. Same holds true for digital transformation. Why some companies don’t even get started? Are they doing it right? Is it a costly affair? Is it apt for your business?

Interestingly, this blog not just busts the common myths around digital transformation but also offers a feasible solution that many CIOs don’t even know


In today’s era, digital transformation is a truth that you can’t ignore. It’s a reality and there’s no running away from it

Former Executive Chairman at Cisco System- John Chambers once famously said if companies don’t figure out how to change and accommodate new technologies, then surprisingly around 40% of the businesses will stop to exist

Aren’t we already aware of the companies that failed to evolve and eventually either were wiped out or are struggling to retain the positions that they enjoyed once?

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Had they introduced digital photography, it would have been a different picture now! So is digital transformation the need of the hour? Absolutely yes, no two opinions about this fact!

Moving on, there is one set of businesses who say ‘digital transformation is not our cup of tea’ because of two main reasons:

This blog will help you identify why companies fail with digital transformation initiatives, and how common pitfalls can be dodged easily

Without further preamble, let’s look at some top reasons why digital transformation initiatives fail:

Our Processes aren’t Cut Out for Digital Transformation

One of the biggest myths is that companies feel that their processes are different and cannot be transformed digitally. This is one of the notions that keep companies away from digital transformation

Digital Transformation is a Costly Affair and We Can't Afford It

This is one of the major reasons why companies stay away from digital transformation initiatives. Businesses claim that they don’t have that kind of IT budgets

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We Don’t Have That Kind of Time

Another myth is that businesses think digital transformation is a time-consuming process, and take months to complete it

This really depends on how you are deploying digital transformation and what software you are using to get this done. Some take as good as few weeks. (Hold your horses and you will find out)

We Already Have Too Many Existing Systems/Platforms

When enterprises are using too many platforms or software, they don’t see any point in introducing a new technology that works in a different direction

Our Teams Will Not Adopt a New Technology

Around 43% of the people do not want to adopt – which turns out to be a major challenge for making any digital strategy work because it is people at the end of the day, who will be using it or making it happen

Sometimes, businesses spend time on training the employees on new technology – but fail to explain ‘why’ they are doing it

If employees don’t see the benefits and miss the larger picture – they will not really get onboard, no matter how hard you force it down their throat

We looked at the topmost reasons why digital transformation initiatives fail – there are other reasons like initiatives were taken but the result took really long to show up, too many processes are targeted and rushed into, lack of skilled professionals (talent gap), no clear vision, etc

According to TechRepublic, 80% of the businesses deploy digital applications and services that keep failing – this, in turn, results in bad user experience and fall in productivity

But then why are businesses failing with digital strategies?

Here’s a tried and tested solution by Axonator: The Micro App Strategy

Axonator is one of the most trusted platforms for enterprises to build mobile applications that boosts productivity manifold

Businesses use Axonator to build workflows that automate business processes end-to-end

The Micro App Strategy

The Micro App Strategy is building small apps that allow businesses to target individual processes one by one – rather than digitizing all the processes together in one go that turns out to be very chaotic

Why Micro Apps for Digital Transformation?

Enterprises have to realize that they have to go where their teams are. They have to move away from desktops to mobile applications

Mobile engagement is growing at a breakneck speed today. Today, more people use the internet on mobile devices than desktops

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This is just one example to show the usage of mobile devices. There are so many statistics out there to show how enterprise mobility is shaping up

Mobile apps revolve around engagement. If your digital initiatives are not engaging your teams – it’s writing on the wall that the initiatives are bound to fail

How Do These Micro Apps Help?

The Micro Apps are built to solve specific problems. They have limited features – that is, they are not overloaded with unwanted features

These micro apps built on task-based functionality allow the user to have faster interactions. This, in turn, drives efficiency

For example, a micro app can be built for teams to capture data on mobile instead of using paper forms, which lead to improvement in productivity

These micro apps get enterprises started with digital transformation in as few as 5 days, usually starting digitizing paper-based processes first

The Axonator platforms allow you to build digital forms (mobile forms/e-forms). These forms are used to collect a different kind of rich data on and off the field

For example, a facility management firm based in California – WagonStar, has developed a simple mobile forms app for its inspection teams, driving productivity from day one of deployment

Inspection teams collect data using mobile forms instead of paper forms. The data is shared in real-time as soon it is submitted from the mobile app on the field

digital transformation in inspection

Technically, the company didn’t just convert paper forms into mobile forms but also did avail benefits that came along like

All of this was possible because digital initiatives were executed through teams with their micro applications

Did the teams realize the benefits of using the micro app?

Yes, it made it easier for them to collect data. They didn’t have to carry long paper forms to the fields anymore. Made their work life easy

Bingo - that’s what digital transformation should be all about - making work life easy

happy customers with digital transformation

In most cases, the digital initiatives deployed where employees don’t see any benefit get abandoned – just like the apps that don’t engage users are uninstalled

Workflow Automation Through The Micro App Strategy

Apart from data collection, micro apps can also be used for  automation. Platforms like Axonator allow enterprises to build workflows which then make automation happen

Such a digital transformation makes relevant people stay updated through mobile apps and eliminates possible delays and bottlenecks due to non-approvals

It just cuts the manual dependency and streamlines repetitive time-consuming work, which leaves more time for the decision-makers to focus on strategic goals

Even further, as soon as the data is submitted, these micro apps have the ability to generate reports. The reports are then sent automatically to the managers, customers, or stakeholders, etc

The Micro apps can enable such kind of automation. It’s not a hypothesis – businesses, in reality, are already using micro apps for automation

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Okay, what this means is you have platforms that talk to each other and work in the same direction. The data can flow from one platform to another without anyone having to engage in multiple data entries

Information from one platform can make sense for others. The data you submit on the micro-app can be used in your CRM or ERP or even an Excel sheet

Your sales force, operations team, etc. can focus on their core area rather than spending time on admin-related non-revenue generating tasks

Analytics with The Micro Apps

Axonator offers intelligent dashboard that gives you insights on data. This data can be accessed through various graphical representation – charts, diagrams, etc

You can learn from this data – you can track and analyze the performance of your teams, and then take corrective action and preventive action (CAPA)

Axonator micro apps have been used by businesses to collect data, build workflows, generate reports, deploy intelligence, etc

Costs & Time Frame

Getting an enterprise-level app developed from a third party can cost you more than $250,000-500,000 and take around 10-12 months to get the final release

Whereas the chances are that the off-shelf products will not match your requirements, and probably be never taken seriously your teams for a long-term, that’s the bitter truth

But platforms like Axonator are dirt cheap as compared to such third-party applications. More importantly, they can be made functional and be deployed in a week

Remember, Axonator micro apps are hyper-agile – meaning they can be customized at any point in time and are fully scalable, no matter how fast your team size grows

If you are thinking how you could digitally transform your business processes, get in touch with Axonator to learn how micro apps can help you deploy a robust digital transformation strategy

Write to Axonator at  [email protected]

BTW, you can also create a micro app on your own without a single line of code – just by dragging and dropping widgets

These apps offer a rich user experience – one-click actions that make your work faster like never before

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