EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Digital Transformation: 5 Game-Changing Technologies for Business

Lead with AI, IoT, Blockchain, Cloud and Big Data

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Course Dates

STARTS ON

2 September 2021

Course Duration

DURATION

9 weeks, online
4–6 hours per week

Course Duration

Why enrol in the Digital Transformation programme?

Imperial Digital Transformation is an online programme brought to you by Executive Education at Imperial College Business School. The 8-week (excluding orientation) programme combines live online teaching sessions and video lectures with interactive activities and assignments to enable high-impact learning.

25 billion

The internet of things (IoT) will grow to 25 billion connected things by 2021, creating massive volumes of data, and an organisation’s ability to derive meaning from it will be essential to their success.

Source: Gartner Identifies Top 10 Strategic IoT Technologies and Trends, 2018

$15.9 billion

Worldwide spending on blockchain is predicted to grow to $15.9 billion by 2023.

Source: Worldwide Semi-annual Blockchain Spending Guide, International Data Corporation, 2019

$50 million

Nearly one-third of enterprises are investing up to $50 million in automation, including AI, machine learning, cognitive computing and robotic process automation.

Source: KPMG The state of intelligent automation, 2019

Who is this programme for?

This programme offers a non-technical, broad overview of new technologies that are impacting companies across every industry. Digital transformation is an essential topic for professionals including:

  • C-suite professionals looking to build and deploy technologies that create value for their business. They will gain a deeper understanding of AI, IoT, Blockchain, Cloud and Big Data and learn to facilitate digital transformation in their organisation.
  • Technology managers and executives who seek to understand the technologies that drive digital transformation and how to implement them to drive digital transformation in their organisation.
  • Functional managers across industries looking to master different areas of transformation and implement a strategy within their function or organisation.
  • Consultants looking to understand the latest technologies driving digital transformation and create an IT strategy and technology roadmap to help their clients achieve better results.
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Key takeaways

As a participant, you will learn about emerging technologies, such as Cloud, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and FinTech and their role in driving digital transformation and how to implement them in your organisation.

  • Assess digital tools, technologies, processes and their uses in business
  • Suggest new business solutions that are enabled by advances in digital technologies
  • Learn principles of digital transformation and their application to real-world business problems.
  • Develop a framework for digital transformation within your organisation
  • Recommend appropriate approaches to infrastructure, data governance and change management to support digital transformations in organisations
  • Consider challenges of privacy and security in digital transformation

Modules

As a participant in this programme, you will learn to master the technologies that are driving transformation and develop your own strategy and put them to work in your business.

Module 1:

The Cloud and Mobile

Describe what the cloud is and how it works, evaluate when it makes sense to store data in the cloud vs on the 'edge', assess the importance of mobile devices in your business and analyse to what extent 5G will change how value is delivered in business.

Module 2:

The Internet of Things

Describe the Internet of Things and its functions, compare and contrast the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0, analyse the benefits and risks of IoT to business and analyse the potential of IoT in creating new business innovations.

Module 3:

Big Data Analytics

Distinguish between the roles of data science and data engineering, analyse the patterns of change in price and performance of key digital technologies, interpret and create data visualisations and make related recommendations and devise a big data dashboard that would be useful to an organisation's operations.

Module 4:

Automation and Artificial Intelligence

Compare successes and failures of AI, suggest new areas of innovation for existing digital capabilities, such as voice recognition, identify opportunities for new technologies to disrupt existing industries and debate the impact that AI and automation will have on jobs.

Module 5:

FinTech and Blockchain

Identify the components of a financial ledger, compare sources and examples of fraudulent financial activities, discuss how blockchain enables trust, analyse the utilisation and success of blockchain applications in a range of financial sectors and suggest technology innovations that could impact subsectors in financial services.

Module 6:

Sources of Value in a Digital World

Identify sources of digital value, compare and contrast sources of value in a digital vs 'offline' world, recommend steps to digitise a traditional customer journey, evaluate digital transformations for customer value and identify service design opportunities in an organisation.

Module 7:

A Framework for Implementing Digital Transformation

Identify efficiency problems that can be solved through digital transformation, analyse the role of digital transformation in achieving operational efficiency, generate ideas for improving an organisation's efficiency through the use of digital tools, suggest opportunities for strategic innovation in organisations that are using digital solutions and compare and contrast effective change management strategies.

Module 8:

Considerations of Privacy and Security

Discuss the business value of privacy and security, identify types of organisational data that should be protected, generate examples of security breaches that might adversely affect a brand, suggest cyber security threats that could have a major impact on an organisation and define the critical roles related to data governance.

Digital Transformation Capstone Project:

During the course of this programme, you will develop and refine a business case and plan for a project or initiative to help your organisation along the Digital Transformation path, regardless of where your organisation may be currently on this journey.

Module 1:

The Cloud and Mobile

Describe what the cloud is and how it works, evaluate when it makes sense to store data in the cloud vs on the 'edge', assess the importance of mobile devices in your business and analyse to what extent 5G will change how value is delivered in business.

Module 6:

Sources of Value in a Digital World

Identify sources of digital value, compare and contrast sources of value in a digital vs 'offline' world, recommend steps to digitise a traditional customer journey, evaluate digital transformations for customer value and identify service design opportunities in an organisation.

Module 2:

The Internet of Things

Describe the Internet of Things and its functions, compare and contrast the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0, analyse the benefits and risks of IoT to business and analyse the potential of IoT in creating new business innovations.

Module 7:

A Framework for Implementing Digital Transformation

Identify efficiency problems that can be solved through digital transformation, analyse the role of digital transformation in achieving operational efficiency, generate ideas for improving an organisation's efficiency through the use of digital tools, suggest opportunities for strategic innovation in organisations that are using digital solutions and compare and contrast effective change management strategies.

Module 3:

Big Data Analytics

Distinguish between the roles of data science and data engineering, analyse the patterns of change in price and performance of key digital technologies, interpret and create data visualisations and make related recommendations and devise a big data dashboard that would be useful to an organisation's operations.

Module 8:

Considerations of Privacy and Security

Discuss the business value of privacy and security, identify types of organisational data that should be protected, generate examples of security breaches that might adversely affect a brand, suggest cyber security threats that could have a major impact on an organisation and define the critical roles related to data governance.

Module 4:

Automation and Artificial Intelligence

Compare successes and failures of AI, suggest new areas of innovation for existing digital capabilities, such as voice recognition, identify opportunities for new technologies to disrupt existing industries and debate the impact that AI and automation will have on jobs.

Digital Transformation Capstone Project:

During the course of this programme, you will develop and refine a business case and plan for a project or initiative to help your organisation along the Digital Transformation path, regardless of where your organisation may be currently on this journey.

Module 5:

FinTech and Blockchain

Identify the components of a financial ledger, compare sources and examples of fraudulent financial activities, discuss how blockchain enables trust, analyse the utilisation and success of blockchain applications in a range of financial sectors and suggest technology innovations that could impact subsectors in financial services.

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Case scenarios and company examples

The case scenarios and industry examples featured throughout the programme provide a wide-ranging look at how companies, organisations and governments are using technology to drive transformation.

 AI and Automation Tesla: Leveraging opportunities for new technologies to disrupt existing industries.

AI and Automation

Tesla: Leveraging opportunities for new technologies to disrupt existing industries.

Source of Value LinkedIn: Devising digital solutions for service problems.

Source of Value

LinkedIn: Devising digital solutions for service problems.

Privacy and Security Considerations IBM Watson: Revealing algorithmic bias in technology solutions.

Privacy and Security Considerations

IBM Watson: Revealing algorithmic bias in technology solutions.

Cloud and Mobile Zynga: Filling gaps with mobile.

Cloud and Mobile

Zynga: Filling gaps with mobile.

IoT Cemex: Automated digital communication through the use of sensors.

IoT and Framework for Digital Transformation

Cemex: Automated digital communication through the use of sensors. Innovating in organisations that already use digital solutions.

FinTech and Blockchain Alipay: Analysing the impact of technology applications on financial brands.

FinTech and Blockchain

Alipay: Analysing the impact of technology applications on financial brands.

Big Data Analytics L'Oréal: Using big data to predict the next “must have” beauty product.

Big Data Analytics

L'Oréal: Using big data to predict the next 'must have' beauty product.

Participant testimonials

Alexander Haede

"Very hands-on and great blend of technology insights and strategies to actually implement digital transformation. Extremely enjoyed the change management and cultural stuff."

— Alexander Haede, Product Manager, B. Braun Medical Ltd

Sandra Weis

"I enjoyed the way Prof Tucci presented the content and loved the non-graded assignments that test your knowledge as they often require you to do extra research to better understand the content. Getting an insight as to how my fellow students respond to certain questions has also been useful. The interviews with different industry experts have been very insightful and Clark has provided a wealth of information during the office hours. Great additional resources each week!"

— Sandra Weis, Consultant/Founder, Hot Spots Group, LLC

Darron Antill

"The breakdown of the topics meant it was digestible, you could learn and fit in around our home/work schedule. A lot of thought has gone here and it works."

— Darron Antill, CEO, Device Authority

Ewa Leszczynska

"The assignments are very well designed. The practical business case studies help instantly apply newly acquired knowledge and turn them into practical skills."

— Ewa Leszczynska, Senior Risk Analyst, Prudential Plc

Faculty

Faculty Member Christopher L. Tucci

Christopher L. Tucci

Professor of Digital Strategy and Innovation, Imperial College Business School

Professor Tucci was Professor of Management of Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he held the Chair in Corporate Strategy and Innovation. In 2018, he was Visiting Thought Leader at CEIBS in Shangai, China. He received the degrees of Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School of Management, MIT; SM (Technology and Policy) from MIT; and BS (Mathematical Sciences), AB (Music) and MS (Computer Science) from Stanford University. He was an industrial computer scientist involved in developing internet protocols and applying artificial intelligence tools. Professor Tucci teaches courses in Design Thinking, Digital Strategy, and Innovation Management. His primary area of interest is in how firms make transitions to new business models, technologies and organisational forms. He also studies crowdsourcing, internetworking, and digital innovations. He has published articles in a wide range of journals, and his article with Allan Afuah, 'Crowdsourcing as solution to distant search,' won the Best Paper of 2012 for the Academy of Management Review, considered the #1 journal in Business and Management. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Discoveries. He has served in leadership positions in the Academy of Management (AOM) and the Strategic Management Society.

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Certificate

Upon completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a verified Digital Certificate of Participation by Imperial College Business School Executive Education.

Please note that this programme contributes to earning Associate Alumni status. Visit the Associate Alumni page to find out more.

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