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Digital Transformation

As well as securing the technical deployment, we lead digital transformation by ensuring a sustainable adoption of new business practices and skills, empowering users to be key actors in business performance and transformation.


Digital Transformation Assessment

Opening pathways to higher performance

Digital Transformation looks different for every company. It helps to have an educated roadmap based on your organization’s unique needs guiding the way. The Digital Transformation Assessment is designed to provide this guidance, opening pathways to higher performance. Sia Partners has deep expertise supporting clients’ success in each phase of this journey, helping them harness the opportunities of digital business to unleash innovation.

When digital transformation is done right, it’s like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, but when done wrong, all you have is a really fast caterpillar

George Westerman, MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy

Key questions for firms

  • Are we organized to rapidly plan new products?
  • Is our PMO set up to succeed as we mature and accelerate?
  • Is our culture evolving to support our business transformation?
  • Is our data management strategy robust enough to guide us?
  • Do we have the processes to sustain the pace of innovation?
  • Do we have the right knowledge and skills to implement AI/ML?
  • How prepared are we to translate innovative ideas into shipped products?

The Digital Transformation Assessment

Sia Partners works with clients looking to evaluate whether their planning, processes, and people are ready for a successful digital transformation. We assess readiness against relevant digital transformation maturity curves and help to identify gaps in functional teams and capabilities. With this understanding, we then provide recommendations to optimize effectiveness and realize successful business transformation.

The process begins with a tailored analysis of current digital transformation readiness in critical areas, from innovation aptitude to organizational data literacy. The pulse of employee perceptions is captured to better understand workers’ readiness for the process ahead and to anticipate change management needs.

Clients emerge with a deeper understanding of their current state of preparedness for digital transformation and next steps to achieve meaningful change.


Business Drivers and Imperatives

  • Improve Customer Experiences
  • Build New Capabilities
  • Enable Innovation
  • Enhance Competitive Advantage
  • Sustain Relevant Brand Identity
  • Lead Industry Disruption
  • Accelerate Growth

Success Stories

Where we started

Consistent and efficient cycle times for Site Activation is a key differentiator for our client, one of the world’s largest CRO’s. They asked us to manage a product selection and implementation programme to help further enhance the Site Activation processes and specifically to source and implement technology to help eliminate waste and centralise reporting and progress tracking.  

The challenges

Repeatable processes, with continuous improvement and secure document exchange with high visibility of progress to regulators, sponsors, and investigators are at the core of Site Activation.   While there are generic technology solutions in the marketplace our client wanted to build Study Start-Up Expertise into any tool and use country-specific workflows to further streamline the processes.  Our job was to select a solution fitting the requirements and then develop an execution plan for enterprise-wide rollout (to over 600 internal users and 7,000 external sites).   

What we did

We followed a standard “product selection, pilot, business case, execution” model.  The product selection phase filtered 6 respondents down to 1 which we brought forward to a pilot phase.  The pilot phase was key as we were dealing with an innovative solution and had to prove that the solution worked in practice before investing in a wider rollout.  We managed the pilot phase and ensured the focus remained on business benefits realisation and proving all aspects of the selected vendors’ offering.   In parallel to the pilot, we prepared a business case for the board.  This included leading contract and pricing negotiations with the third party as well as working with the business teams to refine business benefits and plan staff re-organisation.   The business case was of the order of $10million investment with over 90 staff redeployed to value-added tasks as part of the benefits plan which formed part of a 2-year execution plan for global deployment as part of our presentation.

The outcome

The Business Proposal was approved and we have been retained to manage the execution and rollout of the new solution.  This is currently underway and tracking ahead of schedule, with early benefit realisation a feature of the rollout.


A global SaaS firm asked Sia Partners to help them prepare for and accelerate a planned business transformation to enhance their product development. An intensive ten-week engagement assessed the readiness of key functions and teams, developed a program view of workstreams and resources, and delivered a plan to sustainably achieve targeted functional maturity states within six months.

Data Transformation 

A large regional utility engaged Sia Partners to support an enterprise-wide data enablement transformation. Our team helped establish the Portfolio Management Structure, integrated change management methods, and guided the initiative, driving use case and transformation level culture and adoption, as well as executing related business analysis and agile data solution delivery.