7 Must-Read Books to Navigate the Era of Digitalization


1. Leading Digital: Turning Technology Into Business Transformation


In Leading Digital, authors George Westerman, Didier Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee dive into how traditional industries– from pharmaceutical and manufacturing to finance and the rest – are leveraging the power of digital to gain a competitive edge. Drawing from their insights of over 400 global firms, including the likes of Nike, Lloyds Banking Group, and Burberry, the authors provide a clear strategy for becoming a Digital Master.


The book gives an in-depth explanation of successful transformation in two parts: where to invest in digital capabilities, and how to lead the transformation. It gives a comprehensive guide with practical advice on how to better engage with customers, create a digital vision, digitally enhance operations, and govern digital activities.


2. Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age


Globally renowned Digital Technology expert, David L. Rogers, argues that digital transformation involves more than just updating technology, but rather is more about a strategic upgrade. In his book, The Digital Transformation Playbook, Rogers draws on his research and experience consulting for businesses globally, to outline how companies that were established before the digital era can revamp their strategies and benefit from opportunities in a digital era.


Rogers explains why conventional companies must reconsider their basic beliefs in five strategic areas: data, competition, customers, value, and innovation. He provides insights into how businesses can make use of big data, platforms, customer networks, rapid experimentation, and disruptive business models to capture new opportunities in the digital space and integrate these strategies into existing businesses and organizations.


3. See Sooner, Act Faster: How Vigilant Leaders Thrive In An Era Of Digital Turbulence


In an era where turbulence is becoming the norm, businesses must have leaders who can predict threats, identify opportunities, and make swift decisions when necessary to ensure the company's survival. Authors George Day and Paul Schoemaker of See Sooner, Act Faster share insights to thrive in a world where digital advancements only increase the turbulence of the market. This book provides insightful strategies and advice on how to act quickly and decisively.


4. Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction


The intersection of four technologies - Big Data, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things - explains Siebel, is set to cause a seismic shift in the way that both businesses and governments function in the 21st century.


In Digital Transformation, Siebel takes readers on a captivating journey through the revolutionary technologies fueling the digital revolution and presents a plan to harness them as a key strategic asset.


5. Digital Vortex: How Today’s Market Leaders Can Beat Disruptive Competitors at Their Own Game


This book guides on developing the ability to predict potential dangers, detect opportunities, and capitalize on them before competitors do, thus establishing agility. The book is based on extensive research, including insights from numerous senior executives in both established and emerging companies and offers actionable recommendations to help readers chart a course toward success and remain competitive against disruptive forces.


6. The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations


The DevOps Handbook demonstrates how leaders can achieve remarkable results similar to those in The Phoenix Project, with guidance on how to combine Development, QA, Product Management, IT Operations, and Information Security, to elevate your organization and succeed in the competitive marketplace.


7. Digital or Death: Digital Transformation – The Only Choice for Businesses to Survive, Smash, and Conquer


Digital or Death is a refreshing take on digital strategy books, as it presents its content in an engaging and informative way that will keep you engaged and motivated to innovate. The author, Dominic Mazzone, is a digital expert, comedian, and entrepreneur, and has a talent for inspiring readers to think outside the box and take risks. This book is not only entertaining, but it also has the power to boost your drive and creativity, making it a valuable resource for anyone looking to succeed in the digital age.