Digitisation has become essential for enterprises to realise their objectives and remain competitive. This because without the inclusion of the latest digital technologies (such as health and safety software) and trends, a business is likely to gradually or quickly decline in the face of stiff and newer competition. Therefore, ignoring the significance of digitisation (not digitalisation) is no longer an option.
What are the benefits of digital transformation to a business?
Digital transformation is gaining fame among many businesses currently. The world has become digital, but does this mean that business enterprises are ready to revel in the era of digitalisation? The response isn’t very definite. However, there are various benefits of digital transformation. These are;
Enhanced productivity is a significant drive for digital transformation. Businesses are shifting from manual interventions, and effectiveness is beginning to become crucial for them. Thus, when manual processes are replaced with electronic versions, the process becomes quicker, making any company a success story to reckon.
Customer satisfaction is vital in any business. Therefore if any firm needs to gauge its success, it’s crucial to understand the quality of customer satisfaction as well as the strategies used to make this a success. The better the customer satisfaction levels, the higher the transformation success rate for organisations.
Robust decision making
When the management of a business has satisfactory data to come up with wise decisions, this shows the brand suitability and the brand name of the company. Thus, the sounder the choices, the better the chances of achieving the organisational goals.
How can a business experience a smoother digital transition?
The secret to any successful digitisation of a process, department or area is down to a few key points.
Having a clear plan
Businesses can encounter many challenges while attempting to go digital. However, you can strategise a plan that includes the listing of business priorities, short-term and long-term objectives, and realistic timelines to achieve the same.
Prepare IT infrastructure
Without a proper IT infrastructure in place, a firm is likely to face challenges and uncertainty while going digital. Therefore, ensure that the enterprise has a robust internet speed, information security features, and wireless connectivity to make the digital transition procedure success.
Choose the appropriate technologies
The goals and sizes of a company determine its business requirement. Thus, not all digital trends are fitting to be executed; hence, the need to estimate the practical needs of a business before choosing any digital technology.
Upgrade your workforce
To leverage enterprise digital transformation; the workforce needs to clearly understand the digital trends like data science, machine learning, among others. Therefore, by conferring adequate training and guidance to your workers, your business can maximise its profitability due to enhanced productivity.
What are the factors influencing a digital transformation test strategy?
Once you’ve decided on moving forward with a digital transformation of your business, how do you safely test your ideas/strategy?
Security is paramount
Security is arguably the most significant factor influencing the digital software testing of products. It involves things like vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, risk assessment, and security auditing. Here, testers identify the weaknesses in a system or product by using automated software.
Also, a simulated attack is performed to check for potential vulnerabilities, which, when removed, can prevent the system or product from hacking.
This can have two different connotations. First, the cost incurred by the business when a product fails to live up to the users’ expectations is considered. Secondly, the cost of implementing test automation is considered.
In the case of selecting test automation software, the need for an open source software or licensed software is decided based on the overall cost and the type of tests to be conducted.
Presence of legacy systems
Digital quality assurance involves the testing of software products across devices, networks, platforms, frameworks, browsers, or operating systems. This requires faster systems with the latest test software. However, if an enterprise is beset with legacy systems, then the test strategy needs to be reviewed.
Reliability of digital systems
The software systems that enable digital transformation should be tested to determine the extent to which their certain functions can perform continuously. This includes feature testing, load testing, and regression testing.
Scalability of systems and strategy
The changing dynamics of business requires flexibility. The flexibility should be in terms of expanding the capacity of its systems and processes to meet any future demand. Therefore, the test strategy selected should check the scalability aspect of the systems (including control systems).
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Skillset and test team
The success of a test strategy depends on the expertise of the test team. The test strategy should consider this aspect along with the need and cost of training.