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Digital Transformation or Dematerialization?

Around us unfold societal transformations, which take birth, more specifically transformations into information related to information technology. Depending on the different schools of thought, some are talking about digital transformation, dematerialization. The question is are they all referring to one same phenomenon?

At first glance, that answer seems obvious, but is it really the case? In order to answer this question correctly, our analysis will remain within the corporate framework in computerization.

Digital transformation within a company usually refers to the advent of the Internet and the use of a machine (computer or other) and technologies. In other words, it is the design and implementation of new tools or new business applications that integrate digitized or digital data on the one hand and digital applications or numerical tools.

Digital transformation can also refer to the use or integration of all digital tools or all digital technologies available within it (business sectors, business sectors, etc.). Note that the Quebec Office of the French language advises the use of digital transformation and rather advises the use of digital transformation, considering that the digital adjective, refers to the fingers and does not have the sense of digital. In 2022, let’s say the Digital Adjective took a little age and is increasingly the place to digital.

A dematerialization within a company designates the transformation of the material support, physical, usually in analog form (paper, microfilm, etc.) to a virtual or digital format. Information, data or documents in such an enterprise circulate in exclusively electronic form.

In light of this, unlike the two (2) first transformations, dematerialization is similar to being a utopia, at least inaccessible completely to companies. They are going to tend to a dematerialized business without ever being 100%, at least for the moment. New technologies still have to emerge here and there.

With its precision elements, we see that the three (3) transformations are distinct. However, they cause profound changes. The companies concerned end up improving and / or replace their ways to do with new methods / technologies while also changing their corporate crops.

Jean-Marc Nkoghe – System Architecture Advisor