Organisations of all types have been grappling over the past few years with huge new technology trends: cloud computing, big data, the rise of mobile, social collaboration, and now the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.
I spoke to leading IT professionals many times to see how they were handling these issues, and their efforts were focused mainly on just understanding the opportunities and risks before making a decision.
This was understandable. Vendors of cloud, mobile and big data tools would naturally claim that companies must embrace what they offer, but IT leaders have to be thorough in their processes and ensure they make the right decision.
But a change is in the air. Increasingly when I speak to leading IT professionals now the cloud moves have happened, the big data tools are deployed and the artificial intelligence engines are up and running.
And the use of these services is not something in the background, helping to keep the lights on, but central to their development into the fully digital organisations that will survive the digital era.
Trainline CTO Mark Holt told me that moving to the cloud has allowed his developers to test and retest new services very quickly to improve the customer experience and boost sales.
River Island CIO Doug Gardner told a similar tale. Moving to the cloud was not about cost, but about removing the usual day-to-day IT headaches that internal systems create, so that his team could focus on new digital ideals to improve operations.
RBS has built an artificial intelligence called Luvo that can answer staff queries and may one day talk to customers as part of the bank's drive to streamline the business.
Online grocery retailer Ocado has built a 1,000-strong IoT robot army in a warehouse in Andover and has another under construction in east London.
This is transformational stuff. In many organisations the focus on digital technologies and the importance they will have in the future has been recognised by the creation of a new C-level executive: the chief digital officer (CDO).
These executives are responsible for ensuring that their organisation leaves no stone unturned in the digital transformation journey, because if they don’t they risk extinction.
The CDO can’t do this on their own, though, and are now often supported by several key personnel: scrum masters, full stack developers, web designers, front-end developers and the like.
These people are increasingly becoming the unsung heroes of their organisations, the ones creating, managing and updating the digital products from AI systems to ticket buying platforms that drive their business, now and in the future.
Well, they shall be unsung no more. V3 has launched a new awards to celebrate the digital teams, people and projects that deserve recognition: the V3 Digital Technology Leaders Awards.
This will allow those at the cutting-edge of digital technology to show off their work and its impact, whether that’s innovative new tools, projects that have generated huge success or individuals leading from the front.
Entry to the awards is free and there are 22 categories, which should cater to all aspects of this new era of IT and its place in business.
Organisations of all types are out there working hard on digital projects, changing how they operate to become fully-fledged digital operations ready for whatever the future may bring.
The awards are a chance to celebrate this work and to give it the time in the limelight it deserves, so make sure you take the chance by getting your entry in and telling us why you deserve a coveted V3 Digital Technology Leaders Awards trophy.
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