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ALIA Information Online Conference 2021
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Australian Library and Information Association

ALIA Information Online 2021 'In depth' series

Digital Transformation

10th November #IO21InDepth

November 10, 2021


Digital Transformation

COVID-19 has accelerated digital transformation across many industries. A survey undertaken by consulting firm McKinsey in July 2020 found that digitisation of operations had accelerated by three to four years - within the first six months or so of the pandemic. Earlier in the pandemic, a blog post from McKinsey called for business to go beyond 'applying "digital lipstick" and toward innovating entirely new digital offerings', highlighting the importance of 'bold, tightly integrated digital strategies'. In the early days of the pandemic, organisations across all industries rapidly moved services online and developed digital or digitally-enabled versions of existing products. In March 2021, Harvard Business Review published an article titled 'Digitising isn't the same as digital transformation'. The article suggests that organisations need to step back and 'fundamentally preconceive how they create value. They need to re-imagine their place in the world, rethink how they create value through ecosystems, and transform their organizations to enable new models of value creation.' In short, organisations need to be strategic about digital transformation. This event will bring together innovators from across the galleries, libraries, archives and museums sectors in Australia and beyond to explore the concept of strategic digital transformation. You'll hear from thought leaders in digital strategy who will provide insight into what it means to be strategic about transformation. You'll be inspired by case studies of innovative digital initiatives from institutions large and small, with speakers who will explore how these initiatives contribute to digital transformation for the institution more broadly, and who will draw out key learnings that you can take away from their experiences. This final event in the 2021 Information Online In-Depth series will be just a little bit different, and we're looking forward to seeing you there.