Digitalization – What does it mean to you?

Digitalization is one of those terms everyone likes but struggles to define.

It’s related to value generation, efficiency, transformation, innovation but…

What is it? How does it change what you do?

Digitize <> Digitalize

Starting easy, let’s say you have your process in an MS Excel spreadsheet, e.g., Risk Register, or Change Log. This isn’t digitalization. It produces a digital copy but does not digitalize the process.

Therefore this is digitization: “the conversion of analogue data (esp. in later use images, video, and text) into digital form.” (OED)

A digital copy of a process gives you a conveniently organised filing cabinet and improves reporting, or it may give very limited benefits, e.g., scanning a paper form just saves paper.

What is Digitalization?

Digitalization is defined in the OED as “the adoption or increase in use of digital or computer technology by an organization, industry, country, etc.” (OED)

This definition hasn’t aged well; computers are pervasive; digitisation ubiquitous. Most of what you do is working with digital data.

Digitalization is the process of applying digital technology to structure, shape and influence your operations.

What does Digitalization mean to you?

The scope varies but all Sabisu customers see the benefit of transforming reporting/analytics and specific processes through digitalization.

In practice this means the integration of teams, data and processes into a highly automated digital flow of work and information to:

  • accelerate delivery of large capital projects
  • deliver a step change in operational capability & compliance

Digitalization can be thought of in terms of integration, automation and structure.


Integration deals with project and organisational complexity. Eliminating traditional fragmentation makes reporting and processes more efficient. With all the data in one place, everyone can see the challenges, everyone knows they’re measured. Simply integrating processes, data and team interactions into a single place produces a step change in organisation maturity, capability and compliance.


Digitalization means moving beyond digitizing old, periodic reporting processes by executing them in MS Excel.  These are replaced with automated reporting and analytics, often in real-time. Automation enables teams to work more effectively, spending more time on the things that matter to their core mission; analysis, decision making, oversight, compliance, quality.


Sabisu brings structure and control to ensure compliance and completion, e.g., where there is currently a MS Excel register which hides an unstructured, unrepeatable process, there can be structure that guides and ensures good management.

Digitalization causes some interactions to be structured around digital capabilities, e.g., the exchange of project schedule analysis with EPCs, or production forecasting with logistics partners.

Mission orientation

Where the digital domain is truly remarkable is the speed with which iteration can occur and therefore the flexibility. This means the digital environment can be adapted rapidly to evolving needs.

For example, in Sabisu it takes a few minutes to change a workflow, aligning team behaviour to specific business goals.

Sabisu’s mission…

…is to drive this positive behavioural change through structured solutions which reflect each teams’ specific mission requirements.


We’re always interested in hearing from you with any comments or suggestions, feel free to get in touch.

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