The Real World Impact of Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a major topic of conversation across both business and technology ecosystems. Much is made of its potential to make huge improvements to the way organisations operate by modernising manual and inefficient legacy processes and systems.

The levels of investment going into these projects are truly eye watering. Research indicates that in 2022, spending on digital transformation (DX) is projected to reach $1.78 trillion, and between 2020 and 2023, direct digital transformation investments are forecast to amount to almost $7 trillion. To give that some context, a GDP of $1.7 trillion gets into the top 10 list of biggest global economies, ahead of the likes of Russia and Canada.

But, what’s sometimes missing in the general excitement around digital transformation are the real world, tangible examples of how organisations are embracing positive change. Here at IJYI, we’ve been involved in a range of significant initiatives across the public and private sectors which really help illustrate the reasons why this is such an important tech-led trend. These include:




Building a Powerful COVID-19 Dashboard for Suffolk County Council

Local Authorities across the UK have played a pivotal role in managing the public sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the many challenges they faced was the urgent need to collect and interpret public health data, so that local and national decisions could be made quickly and with evidence-based confidence.

For Suffolk County Council, moving from data to insight for a population of around 750,000 people required a rapid and innovative change in approach. The Council moved to develop what became known as their 'Coronawatch' dashboard, designed to provide not only public access to critical COVID-19 information, but also available in greater depth privately for key stakeholders, partners and decision-makers.

Visualised as a series of dashboards using Microsoft PowerBI, the solution – developed in close cooperation with IJYI – was designed to increase the stability and resilience of their infrastructure, reduce the need for manual data input and automate a range of key processes to deliver the agility required.

Not only has this experience delivered a powerful set of capabilities to help address major public health issues, it has also helped inform the way the Council and colleagues from other local government organisations approach the collection, analysis, management and delivery of data and the vital guidance it can provide.




Digitally Transforming School Photography With Vancols

Until relatively recently, children and their families took part in a very familiar school photography process, with image packs or image proofs sent home in school bags and the final photo choices paid for in cash.

As one of the most successful and familiar names in school photography today, Vancols works with more than 1,000 schools and over 500,000 children. The company has been at the forefront of efforts to modernise the entire photography experience, from organising photo shoots and image processing to online proofs and purchases.

For Vancols, the importance of delivering a digital-first solution for schools and parents alike became much more urgent, however, as a result of COVID-19 and the need to protect school staff, children and photography professionals. Working with IJYI’s Head of Technology, the Vancols school photography service is now a digitally enhanced and highly efficient process, designed to maintain social distancing and ensure schools can continue the photography tradition with complete confidence.

In contrast to traditional methods, a full selection of images is made available to parents online straight after each shoot, with 80% of orders now coming via tablet or mobile. In addition, a key part of the Vancols digital transformation strategy has been its use of on-premises and cloud data storage technologies, all supported and developed by IJYI through a new 3 year contracted relationship.

These are just two examples illustrating how IJYI is helping organisations to bring their digital transformation objectives to life. To learn more, click here.


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