Digitally Transform Your Company With These 5 Courses

They cover key concepts, implementation, and forecasting

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To continue operating during pandemic-related shutdowns, organizations around the world underwent digital transformations. Examples include using remote technology to collaborate with employees and customers and employing automation to improve customer experiences. Now, as the world tries to determine the new normal, many companies are expanding the use of digital transformation as a tool for growth.

A recent McKinsey survey on digital transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic shows that organizations sped up the digitization of their customer and supply chain operations after more consumers shifted to online ordering. Companies that lost revenue in the past few years tended to be behind in using digital technology, the survey found.

How can you ensure your organization is prepared for a digital society? To help, IEEE Educational Activities, in partnership with the IEEE Digital Reality Initiative of IEEE Future Directions, created a five-course program, Digital Transformation: Moving Toward a Digital Society.

"Digital transformation is permeating every industry and is going to be everywhere," says course creator Roberto Saracco, IEEE senior member and head of the industry advisory board of the IEEE Future Directions Committee. "It is important for organizations to understand how digitizing their business will affect their consumers and operations."

These are the courses:

Understanding Key Concepts. Technical professionals can come away with an understanding of how digital transformation changes organizations and reshapes market niches while learning about the concept of technological ecosystems.

Drivers of Digital Transformation. Learn about communications artificial intelligence, big data, and digital twins.

Forecasting Tools and Methods. Explore tools and applications that can be used to look into the future.

Game-Changing Opportunities. This course explores the impact advanced technology is likely to have on industries including agriculture, energy, education, finance, and health care.

Implementation—From Theory to Practice. This session focuses on psychological, social, and political considerations that could help with deployment.

Individuals who complete the course program can earn up to 0.5 continuing-education units or 5 professional development hour credits, plus a digital badge.

Institutions interested in the program can contact an IEEE account specialist to learn more.

Visit the IEEE Learning Network for member and nonmember pricing.


To learn more about how digital transformation can impact your company, register for The Benefits of Digital Transformation for Organizations, a free virtual event to be held on 16 November at noon New York time. It is being hosted by IEEE Educational Activities and presented by Saracco. The session will be available on demand two hours after the live event concludes.

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