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The Industrial Revolution of Digital Transformation: School Hosts Digital Transformation and People Analytics Breakfast Seminar

On the 21st of November our first Digital Transformation and People Analytics Breakfast Seminar of this academic year took place at Trinity Business School. The event was organized by Professor Na Fu, Digital Workplace Lead at Trinity Centre for Digital Business, and sought to analyse how digital transformation is impacting on how we operate businesses and manage people. 

The seminar brought together a number of highly experienced speakers to discuss the key trends and challenges in digital transformation and people analytics. Professor Dana Minbaeva from Copenhagen Business School analysed "Why do companies struggle to move to analytics"  based on her research, and summarized that it is not about big data but about better analytics. Continuing along this point, she also noted that it is not about HR competencies alone but also about organizational capability.

Mr. Nick Jones from Deloitte reflected on how to conduct digital transformation and people analytics based on his experience in varied projects. He concluded that the three key factors to consider were organizational culture, process and technology.

Lastly, Mr. Alan Lawless from Oracle talked about the industrial revolution of digital transformation. From a business leader prospective, Alan recommended that all functions of business need to be able to understand the needs of industry and business needs. All activities and actions to be taken should start with business issues, i.e. aligning with wider business objectives. Based on Professor Fu's research, the digital transformation project is of importance to all industries and all organizations. This is because we are living today in a digital ecosystem where digitalization is the trend and everyone needs to take this opportunity to fully transform the way we operate business and the way we manage people. 

A special note of thanks to Dana, Alan and Alan for sharing your great expertise; to all attendees; to Emma who managed the event; to our volunteers and to the Trinity Faculty of Social Science and the Trinity Center for Digital Business for sponsoring this event.

Visit the Trinity Centre for Digital Business for further information.