Customer experience and digital transformation - a diginomica review

Jon Reed Profile picture for user jreed December 26, 2013
Here's my rundown of the best of the enterprise customer experience on diginomica in 2013.

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One way to cut through the noise of the enterprise Twitterbabble is to stay focused on the customer experience. As I review diginomica's editorial coverage for 2013 - well, most of 2013, we launched in May - a big theme that stands out is the impact of digital transformation on enterprise customers of all stripes.

So in the spirit of 'best of 2013,' combined with a few unsung gems, here's my rundown of the best of the customer experience on diginomica.

Customer profiles - highlights

Customers have an illuminating way of putting tech hype through the meat grinder of what actually works for their industry. Here's some of my favorite customer profiles from the site this year:

Rethinking the digital customer

The team also issued pieces that frame the customer experience during a time when digital disruptions offer opportunities and perils in equal servings.  Here's a few of my faves:

  • Den on why Building the digital enterprise can’t be a rehash. His lead-in: 'I’ve been scratching my head the last few weeks wondering why, when we’re awash with technology, when it’s never been easier to connect and interconnect, that we see so many examples of failure to build upon what technology offers in a coherent, sustainable manner?'
  • Stuart bravely takes on the 'omnichannel' buzzword in search of actual meaning in: why Omnichannel strategies need the customer at the centre. Stuart: 'At the end of the day, omnichannel will only really work if we all get back to the basics of CRM – and that means thinking about how we interact with our customers. And how those customers want us to interact with them.'
  • Phil takes the notion of 'two-tier ERP', breaks it down and stands it up again in Two-tier: systems of record and engagement. In a statement that packs a wallop heading into 2014, Phil comments: 'The two-tier model helps us understand how the role of traditional client-server ERP systems will shrivel as the burden of running operations increasingly shifts to more modern systems of engagement.'
  • Last but certainly not least, if you missed Paul Greenberg's five part diginomica exclusive, Social CRM Rethought, then refill your holiday coffee mug and get down to it. In addition to laying out 40 points of 21st Century CRM, Greenberg doesn't leave us hanging in part 5 - he gives us his updated definition of CRM.

The wrap

I did a few pieces of my own on these themes. including my recent Q/A on BI disruptions with Derek Loranca, and Keller Williams on their move to the Google cloud. If you're interested in how to document project results in a winning format, check out my take on The forgotten art of the customer case study.

You can expect much more of the same from the diginomica team in 2014, but with new twists. One we're excited about: Jessica Twentyman will be joining our team as a contributing editor; customer profiles and analysis will be a key part of her editorial purview. So I can say without exaggeration: watch this space.

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