Top Ten Digitalist Magazine Posts Of The Week [April 25, 2016]

Shelly Dutton

On the Digitalist Magazine site, we deliver the top blogs, news, and featured content for professionals looking to grow and gain a competitive business advantage.300w x 200h
We cover hot topics and thought leadership on mobile applications, cloud computing, Big Data, real-time analytics, and the top challenges facing executives and leaders in sales and marketing, finance, human resources, and much, much more.

Each week on the Digitalist Magazine site, we curate and publish the top ten posts of the week from across our content categories. We hope you find these articles valuable, informative, and interesting.

What Exactly Is Digital Transformation?
By Geoff Scott@gscott16

Along with digital transformation, there are many other concepts: Big Data, predictive analytics, mobility, IoT, and cloud computing are often the first terms that come to mind. While these are important components of digital transformation, the concept of digital transformation embraces so much more.

Creating A Customer-Centric Supply Chain
By Richard Howells@howellsrichard

Over the past couple of years, global markets have experienced dramatic shifts on two dimensions: geographically and demographically. And as these dynamics change the way that businesses sense and shape demand, design and make products, and deliver based on omnichannel execution, supply chain processes must also center around customers and their expectations.

Region-by-Region Comparison: Are Small And Midsize Businesses Ready For Digital Transformation?
By Meaghan Sullivan@MeaghanSV

Are small and midsize businesses feeling the same pressure to adapt to this digital world? According to a recent IDC study, it all depends on geography. Check out this quick snapshot of how each major region is embracing and participating in the digital economy.

Why UPS Believes 3D Printing Will Shake Up The Supply Chain
By John Ward@JohnGWard3

3D printing is a hot topic these days, and it’s easy to understand why. For starters, the technology seems to spark incredible creativity. But, it’s also going mainstream, revolutionizing traditional manufacturing and redefining our notion of supply chain logistics.

The Technology Agenda: Procurement’s Future In 4 Charts
By Edward Cone

Technology is changing the way procurement is done, in terms of day-to-day operations and also its capabilities at a strategic level. Check out our global survey of procurement executives who rank business networks behind macrofactors such as  globalization and commodity pricing as the economic or technology trend that will have the greatest influence on the function in the next three years.

Paper Industry Embraces Digital Shift
By Alfred Becker@alfred_becker_

Many predicted that the rise of digital would spell doom in the paper industry. In fact, the opposite is true. By rethinking business models, business processes, and the nature of work, those that embrace this digital shift are discovering new ways to compete and thrive.

Under Armour: From Apparel-Only To Health And Wellness
By Joerg Koesters@joergkoesters

It’s no secret that technology is revolutionizing the consumer products industry. But some companies are embracing the change more the others. Under Armour has reimagined its entire business model to adapt to the Internet of Things (IoT). In doing this, it is shifting from a product-oriented company to an experience-oriented one.

ZBB 2.0: Why Zero-Based Budgeting Is Making A Comeback
By Nilly Essaides

Zero-based budgeting (ZBB) has become a buzzword – again. How can this old budgeting concept attract all this new attention in the age of rolling forecasting and “beyond budgeting”? Contrary to what many finance executives think, experts believe that ZBB is no longer a budgeting method, but a new mindset for cost management.

Are You Leading With Purpose? Here’s Proof Of Why You Should! [VIDEO]
By Julie Barrier

If you’re thinking that “purpose” in business is about touchy-feely, “Oprah meets Deepak Chopra” spiritual stuff, think again. Business leaders and boardrooms all over the world are grasping the power of purpose to transform their organizations. Get inspired by these examples.

Robots And Humans Team Up At BMW To Digitally Disrupt Auto Industry
By Holger Masser

Rethinking business models lets companies find new markets. New processes lead to better efficiency and partnerships. The work itself changes as employees use better data to connect to consumers. This BMW example shows the power of embracing digital technology and a future of new innovation and opportunity.