When we introduced Computing Canada some years ago, it was a transformed version of an earlier publication, Computerworld Canada. And Computerworld Canada at its heart was a regional take on Computerworld, a global magazine that began in the 60’s as the first publication with a focus on computers.
Change is a constant in publishing, just as it is in technology. As enterprise operations have moved from mainframes and large computing departments to agile operations tooled by laptops, smartphones and cloud services, our publishing has transformed from print to digital and from a focus on computing to tracking the opportunities and challenges of all things digital.
And in the same way companies are shifting to an omnichannel approach to keep their customers satisfied, ITWC has transformed the way it delivers content to provide readers with the engaging, information-rich information they need to grow their business or improve their career.
We asked our readers
A recent readers’ survey made it clear it was time for Computing Canada to transform. While there is still a place for long-form journalism (we have it in our CanadianCIO and Digital Security magazines) Computing Canada readers made it clear they wanted content that was easy to scan, easy to drill into for deeper learning when it was interesting to them, and focused on the issues that would be impacting their lives tomorrow and for the next five years.
That’s why we have evolved Computing Canada into this weekly newsletter focused on digital transformation.
Constant change: The new normal
No longer simply an all-encompassing buzzword for everything from artificial intelligence to Wi-Fi, digital transformation is a process that every company must embrace if they are going to compete in a hyper-digital world. And to do it effectively, companies will have to commit to continual – and probably uncomfortable – change. A move from A to B is not enough. If you wait to get comfortable at B, someone faster or more agile is going to pass you by. Constant change has to be the new normal.
It’s easy to talk about digital transformation in term of disruption, but at ITWC we try to think about it in terms of opportunity and from our readers’ perspective. We hope each week in this newsletters you will find some insight that will improve the way you work – or at minimum give you something to add to the watercooler conversation.
A bigger commitment
Our commitment to digital transformation goes well beyond this newsletter. We have established a digital transformation hub where you can find the latest white papers and videos on the subject and we introduced the Digital Transformation Conference and Awards reception to bring together top thinkers in the field, to share best practices and to celebrate excellence. I invite you to register for the June 14 event in Toronto. We believe if you can see someone else doing it, you will be empowered to do it yourself.
Perhaps most importantly we have created a community of interested non-profits and organizations who see their future tied in some way to the digital transformation journey. The community started with their support of our Digital Transformation Awards program, but we expect to grow it into other exciting but as yet unexplored opportunities.
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Why a digital transformation newsletter?
If someone asked me even five years ago why IT World Canada would publish a newsletter about digital transformation, I might not have had a rock-solid answer at the ready. After all, while digitization was growing in stature and importance, it was still largely regarded as one of many corporate efficiency functions to consider.
The digital landscape has since changed a great deal. Over only the past few years considerations around digital have moved from the periphery to the top of company agendas around the world. A recent Forbes article predicted that by 2018, two-thirds of Global 2000 CEOs will have digital transformation at the centre of their corporate strategy.
The time is right for this newsletter. That the future is digital is no longer in doubt. Our newsletter will not only keep you informed on the latest news and trends in the digital world, it will also expose you to best practices, lessons learned, information on smart cities, and much more. It can also lead you to deeper educational opportunities by providing you links to our white paper and case study-filled digital transformation hub, webinars or special events like our Digital Transformation Conference and Awards reception set for June 14.
Think about this newsletter as a compendium of sorts, a one-stop for all things digital, and I offer it to you with my best wishes. I am confident it will enrich you, deepen your understanding, and arm you with the information you need to work intelligently today in anticipation of what’s coming. I invite you to share what you read here, or in any of our newsletters or websites, with your colleagues.
Chief Content Officer, CIO