Best Digital Transformation Courses 2021

A guide to the best digital transformation courses for HR Managers, Training & Development Managers, Individual Career Climbers, Consultants, Technology Professionals and Public Administrations.

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What Is a Digital Transformation Course?

Digital transformation is the deliberate, strategic repositioning of one’s business in the digital economy. A digital transformation course teaches us how to combine technology, strategy and creative talent to enable business transformation. Courses cover the business capabilities of emerging technology, use data and frameworks to find new strategic competitive advantage and create new products, services and business models that add value to the customer.

Digital Transformation courses differ from traditional business transformation courses by virtue of their focus being much more heavily influenced by emerging technology such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Augmented and Virtual Reality, as well as having a radically different approach to innovation and business model creation.

What to Look for In a Digital Transformation Course

There are 7 critical topics that should be covered by those wanting to build a career in digital transformation. Understanding emerging technology is a profession, so too Human Resources, Strategic Leadership, Communications and Innovation Management. However, for a successful digital transformation professional, they should have a broad and reasonably deep understanding of all elements in this diagram.

Business leaders, managers and decision makers need to get into uncomfortable new areas of complexity in topics they would normally not have had to deal with in their career, in order to help deliver digital transformation.

The qualities and characteristics of traditional businesses that have digitally transformed is that their entire teams understand all elements listed. For example, a business leader will not have to understand how to implement Machine Learning  but she will have to understand the business capabilities of the technology if she is to successfully leverage it in her strategic planning.

“Leaders may not be replaced by AI but leaders that understand AI will replace those that don’t.”

7 Critical Topics of a Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation Course for Career Climbers

Digital Transformation Career Climbers Want:

➔ Value for money. Most often paid for by the individual
➔ Internationally recognised certification
➔ Broad understanding of digital transformation

A Digital Transformation Career Climber is an individual who is feeling the breath of change.  They seek career enhancement.  Often they want to reposition themselves within their business or find a new business that can enhance their career prospects.

A Career Climber typically pursues a brach of data science, leadership or innovation.  As the diagram illustrates that digital transformation doesn’t come from simply knowing one of these topics.  It’s an intersection of all three.

There are hundreds of digital transformation courses available for the Career Climber.  Some courses are recorded and very low cost, others are live online and some, blended.

We’ve looked at the top 20 courses that appear in Google and selected our favourite courses plus a commentary of why we’ve liked their value proposition.

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Digital Transformation Career Climbers

Boston Consulting
University of Virginia
Coursera

Cambridge University Judge Business School
(Sold by EMERITUS)

Berkley Executive Ed
(Sold by EMERITUS)

Course Name

Digital Transformation

Digital Disruption: Digital Transformation Strategies

Digital Transformation: Leading People, Data & Technology

Cost

From $50pp

$2000pp

$2,600pp

Time Needed

2 Days

10 Weeks (4-6 hours per week)

2 months (4-6 hours per week)

Level

Basic – Designed for Beginners

Intermediate

Intermediate

Positives Delivered by a mix of practitioners and academics
Multilingual
BCG is a major international recognised consulting firm
Covers all 7 of the critical topics of digital transformation
Prestigious UK university
Good for experienced non-technical executives that need to implement transformation
Covers all 7 of the critical topics of digital transformation
The most practical of the three choices listed
Unique content with peer learning
Negatives Unlikely to give enough depth for practical implementation
No frameworks
No live interaction with teachers or groups
Certification not particularly prestigious
Tired academic case studies (Netflix, Kodak etc)
Frameworks are analogue, not data powered
Talks a lot about platforms but appears to provide no practical experience of same
Mostly recorded video lectures
4 x two hour live webinars with Q&A but no online classroom experience for peer
Certification counts as only two curriculum days toward a more robust BerkeleyHass qualification
Digital transformation frameworks and models are old/analogue/subjective and not data powered
All recorded video lectures
Dubious claims regarding becoming a Digital Strategy Expert.
Overall ⭐️⭐️
Great for beginners on a budget that want a reasonable overview of the discipline
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Good well rounded course. Case studies aimed squarely at large enterprise employees. Unique content and a well recognised Certificate.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Robust offering from a well recognised institution. Highlights the importance of people & data in the Dx process. Provides a comprehensive blended learning approach to include a final capstone project.
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None of these courses appear to offer any level of practical workshopping to understand the business capabilities of emerging technologies such as Machine Learning. This could be because the class sizes appear to be enormous and therefore unfeasible to conduct. However, understanding the basic operation of emerging technology is essential for digital transformation. This is why there is no 5-Star awards for this category.

Digital Transformation Course for Corporates

Digital Transformation Course for Corporate Groups

A Digital Transformation Course for Corporates typically seek to address the required mindset changes and practical implementation of digital transformation within a specific organisation.

The course is typically conducted live with the participants either on-line or in-house, although since the pandemic, online is much more the favoured choice.

The courses is often customized to match the business strategy.  The focus is on getting groups to work together on their own business challenges.  The outcomes it that the teams have momentum and can continue the transformation.

Those attending are typically Leaders, Managers and Decision makers.  It is often the case that the top leadership don’t wish to sit through several days of education and therefore it’s common to have a ‘C-Suite overview’ module that takes a couple of hours and is held privately with the senior leadership team.

Digital Transformation Courses for Corporates Should:

➔ Be customized for the industry and parallel their strategy
➔ Build team competence and momentum
➔ Work on practical implementation as well as theory
➔ Be delivered by experienced practitioners
➔ Offer a link with follow-up consultation

Digital Transformation Corporate Courses

The Knowledge Academy

Standford

Ionology

Course Name

Digital Transformation Certification

Digital Transformation Certificate

Digital Transformation in Business

Cost

$2,750pp

$5,560pp

$1,000pp

Time Needed

2 Days

60 Days/2Hours p/week

1, 3 & 6 Day Options

Level

Beginner

Basic

Intermediate

Positives Wide reaching audience that will appeal to many
Comprehensive overview of key digital transformation topics
Online and interactive delivery
One of the few academic institutions that offers a team enrolment
Content aimed at teams and organisational cross collaboration using frameworks
Broad overview of the basics of digital transformation from a prestigious institution
Delivered by digital transformation experts & practitioners via proprietary frameworks, tools & methods
One of the few providers that clearly offer customised, live delivery for teams
Ionology provide follow-up consultancy services to support the organisation in their digital transformation journey
Negatives Not specifically designed for teams
Claims you will be ‘able to implement digital transformation’ after 2 days of education. This seems ambitious given the timeframe
No mention of class size, or ability to tailor content to the audience
Seems unnecessary to include ‘develop marketing strategy’ amidst a digital transformation 2 day course
Not specifically built for teams
Pre-recorded videos and no customisation available
Programme seeks to ‘instigate change’ but without an opportunity for feedback and a broad overview on multiple subjects, the lack of depth is unlikely to facilitate this claim
As courses are live, a degree of forward planning is needed by the organisation
Not suitable for individuals or groups <6
Lacks the ‘certification prestige’ of academic institutions
Overall

⭐️⭐️⭐️
A good foundation course which seeks to give attendees a broad overview of many of the 7 critical topics of digital transformation, however one would have to question how much the attendee will be able to do beyond the theory – given the short time-frame of 2 days.

⭐️⭐️⭐️
A good starting point from an Ivy League institute, offering a broad overview of Dx, but we would question one’s ability to implement learnings post completion, due to lack of interaction available.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ionology offer a range of courses for corporates that are not only tailored to the industry but also the audience profile within the organisation. Practitioner led, they bring their teaching to life by the use of their own case studies – as they have lived and breathed them. They focus on delivering actionable outcomes the organisation can implement.

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Whilst there are a wealth of academic providers offering digital transformation courses for ‘corporates’, the focus is still very much on the individual. We found it difficult to find details of courses that were easily accessible online and tailored for groups. If your goal is ‘chalk and talk’, with little need for interaction, again – the market is flooded with this option. However, if your organisation needs a cohesive training solution that’s tailored to your market, fits the needs of your people and ticks all the learning and development goals, Ionology is a front runner.

Digital Transformation Course for Government

Digital Transformation Courses for Government:

➔ Focuses on citizen/stakeholder outcomes
➔ Must build operational efficiency and frontline services
➔ Contain relevant public sector case studies
➔ Links with higher regional or national milestones
➔ Contain relevant public sector case studies

In many regions of the world, digital transformation is now a legislative requirement.  Some countries have given very specific direction as to what they consider ‘digitisation’ and what constitutes as ‘transformational’.  Others have yet to catch up.

Transformation in the public sector is never easy.  It’s often met with stiff resistance, political pressures and budget constraints.  Without the profit motive, digital transformation courses must focus on a different set of values, use non-commercial frameworks and help public sector leaders build citizen centric business models that were often thought risky.

Cross-agency or ministry data sharing and collaboration is essential.  Often overlooked is the motives as to why one department would share their data with another.  If the data is wrong they get punished.  If the data is accurate they get no reward.  Building internal win/win coalitions changes the role of the leader, manager and decision maker in unimaginable ways.

Digital Transformation for Government & The Public Sector

Digital Transformation Government Courses

Harvard

London School of Business

Ionology

Course Name

Digital Transformation in Government: Innovating public Policy & Service

Exploiting Disruption in a Digital World

Digital Transformation Course for Government

Cost

$3,600pp

$12,000pp

From $1,000pp

Time Needed

5 Days

5.5 Days

1, 3 or 6 Day Options

Level

Intermediate

Advanced – Head of Depts

Intermediate

Positives Prestigious US University
One of the few courses available for the public sector
Intended to teach the individual, so they can ‘roll it out across the organisation’
Good mix of academic lecturers & practitioners
Data driven analytics – key learning pillar
Guest speaker with real-world case studies
Delivered by Dx practitioners with tailored government case studies
Course options and content tailored to the audience profile
They ‘seek to understand your strategy’ ahead of course delivery
Negatives Learning governed by ‘Agile’ methodology which may be challenging in practice, given the sector
Single lecturer – academic (not practitioner)
Heavy focus on technology, with less mention of core functions that are essential for digital transformation
Acceptance to the course is not automatic (prestige marketing tactic?)
Target audience highlights ‘senior civil servants/not-for-profit org., but all content language points to ‘business’
Expensive
For teams (not individuals)
May lack the prestige of academic institutions
Overall

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Prestigious University course, well targeted to its audience, but with it’s reliance on Agile at its core – content is lacking true digital transformation prowess.

⭐️⭐️⭐️
Good mix of delivery experts, with well rounded content within a digital transformation context, but would question it’s true relevance to government departments. One of the most expensive options on the market.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Highly targeted course, with tailored delivery from experts in their field.  Emphasis on the ‘practical’ using frameworks designed specifically for government institutions.

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Almost all digital transformation frameworks are built to help businesses find competitive advantage. Few are customised for non-commercial environments and even fewer have modern, data-powered digital transformation frameworks made specifically for the public sector.

Digital Transformation Course for Consultants

Digital Transformation Course for Consultants

There’s been an explosion of digital transformation consulting opportunities in recent months and with good reason. Few businesses hold all of the skills required under one roof to strategically reposition their business in the digital economy.

Finding customer insights from publicly accessible data, workforce design, digital upskilling, data-enriched strategy, understanding emerging technology and building innovation roadmaps; these specialisms are rarely found under one roof.

As more businesses become aware that the IT department can only digitise a business, they ultimately seek support for their transformation from consultants.

Digital transformation consultants differ from traditional business consultants. The use of data in every aspect of helping a business to transform its products, services and business models is radically different to the old business models that have powered winning companies in the past.

Digital Transformation Courses for Consultants Should:

➔ Teach the consultant how to pitch new clients using data-enriched insights
➔ Allow the consultant to differentiate their consultancy proposition from competitors
➔ Allow the consultant to integrate new frameworks into their existing portfolio
➔ Create new, and were possible, recurring, revenue streams

Digital Transformation Courses for Consultants

MIT

Eruditis
(XLRI Interactive Learning)

Ionology

Course Name

Digital Transformation: From AI & IOT to Cloud, Blockchain & Cybersecurity

Executive Development Programme in Digital Transformation Strategies

Digital Transformation Course for Consultants

Cost

$2,300pp

$2,200pp

$3,500pp

Time Needed

6 weeks 4-6 hours p/week

8 Month Programme. 3 Hours p/week

5 Full Days

Level

Intermediate

Basic

Advanced

Positives Good technology based course taking in all 5 transformative technologies and how they impact businesses
Starts with the fundamentals of the 5 technologies, through to their business application
Some interactive  sessions, targeted to a varied group
Good mix of the fundamentals of digital transformation
Mix of academic and practical modules
Good mix of faculty with a strong strategy background
Built specifically for consultants
Instructor led, delivered live by seasoned consultants
Uses data-driven digital transformation frameworks
Frameworks licensed to use IP on completion of course
Negatives Not specifically built for consultants
One would question why a digital consultant would need to know much more about these technologies
No mention of frameworks or tools a consultant could use post-completion of the course
Not specifically built for consultants
As much of the key concepts are pitched at a basic level, one would question the ability to implement organisational change without further study/experience
No data driven insights tools mentioned
Doesn’t link the commercial opportunity with the consulting opportunity
Requires a level of consulting experience
Covers Machine Learning but not deep on other emerging technologies
One of the more expensive courses on offer
Requires dedicated effort/practice post-completion
Overall

⭐️⭐️
Good course for all roles and industries who want an overview of key technology trends. Downside – Dx is much more than the tech and consultants need more than ‘one-size-fits-all’ content & delivery.

⭐️⭐️⭐️
A well rounded course that discusses key elements of Dx. However not specifically designed for consultants and the 8 month timeframe may be a bit too drawn out for consultants who want to up-skill now!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A highly interactive Dx course designed for consultants by consultants who are experts in their field. Data driven proprietary frameworks licensed to each trained consultant post completion. Access to Dx consultant network.

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Whilst the MIT & Eruditis courses are listed, we felt they added to this target group (consultants) as an ‘afterthought’. We struggled to find specific digital transformation courses that are designed to help consultants become ‘Digital Transformation Consultants’. The process is twofold. One, the consultant must learn the theory of digital transformation, but this is no use on its own. As a consultant, they must take this theory and bring it to life for the client – to consult using digital transformation (whole different ball game to just reading the book!). The Ionology course for consultants takes the theory, but supercharges it. They show the consultant how to pitch, consult and implement digital transformation using Ionology tried and tested methods. Consultants are taught how to use the Ionology framework. Once certified, they can use this methodology and blueprint for success with their clients.

Digital Transformation Course for Technologists

Digital Transformation Course for Technologists

Technology permeates every aspect of our society: communication, logistics and supply chains, medicine, transportation, farming, and manufacturing. Cryptocurrencies are disrupting banking systems. Hyperconnectivity—through communication systems, sensors, wearables, and smart devices—has blurred the boundary between the physical and digital worlds.

There is an ample selection of courses that cover emerging technologies as well as technology specific niches. The courses tend to be hands on, project based and outcome oriented.

The technology courses are aimed at technology professionals and require some level of prior knowledge.

The technology industry often claims that technology is transforming the world. It’s certainly a critical component but technology isn’t the only component. As the 7 Most Critical Topics in Digital Transformation show, technology alone will not create a transformed organisation. It is, however, unique in the depth of knowledge required to effectively make it an enabling force on the transforming journey.

Digital Transformation Courses for Technology Professionals Should:
➔ Deliver a deep understanding of emerging technology
➔ Focus on emerging industry trends
➔ Offer practical hands-on guidance from experts
➔ Bring application knowledge tools back to the organisation

Digital Transformation Course for Technologists

Imperial College Business School (Sold by Emeritus)

LinkedIn Learning

Indian School of Business
(Sold by Coursera)

Course Name

Digital Transformation: 5 Game Changing Technologies for Business

Digital Transformation Training for Tech Leaders

Digital Transformations

Cost

$1,800pp

1 Month Free/$40pp p/month thereafter

Free for 7 days/$51pp thereafter

Time Needed

9 Week Programme (4-6 hrs p/week)

22 Hours (16 Courses for Certificate)

21 Hours

Level Basic

Basic

Intermediate

Positives Appreciation for more than the ‘academic’ claiming you will ‘finish the programme prepared to implement what you’ve learned’
A cost effective course to tick the ‘technology box’.
Blended learning with 1-2-1 support available
‘Fashionable’ tech focus – Blockchain
Recognised brand
Complement to digital transformation courses for ‘Leaders’ & ‘in Practice’ as part of LinkedIn Learning Pathway
Links the tech and business throughout the modules
Scores a 4.85/5 from those who’ve attended
Takes into account Dx isn’t just the tech and offers a nod to business models, innovation and data-driven decision making
Negatives Promises of developing a ‘real-world framework to drive Dx in your organisations’…HEALTH WARNING!…Dx cannot be built on a Tech strategy alone. Pre-recorded, dated content all from 2017 or 2019
‘Taster’ videos, approx. 1 hour in length will not drive transformation
Target audience is for ‘Tech Leaders’, one would assume the content too basic for this target group
Marketed as ‘beginner level’, so further training is most likely necessary for those who want a true grasp of delivering Dx
Pre-recorded, no interaction/feedback available
Recognised brand, but not ‘Ivy League’
Overall

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Well thought out content that covers the ‘Game Changers’, promising ‘actionable insights and a solid strategy’.

⭐️
Linkedin offer 3 ‘learning pathways’ with this being one. This is a token gesture to the world of Dx courses, too basic. Sorry – but stick to the day job Linkedin.

⭐️⭐️⭐️
Well rounded course, that has its roots in technology, but doesn’t forget to link the tech with the business, highlighting a key goal – to gain competitive advantage!

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In terms fitting the needs of the audience, this was one of the more fruitful offerings. Individually, courses offered blended options, a solid practical undertone and addressed the (essential) link of tech and business, but again we couldn’t find the ‘golden egg’ when it came to hitting all of these markers in one course. The research also highlighted that big brands don’t always indicate gold standard, showing once more – thorough research is essential when choosing your provider (good job we’re here to help!).

Digital Transformation Program for Small & Medium Enterprises

Post Covid, many national and regional government Enterprise Development Organisations are implementing radical programs to help small and medium businesses to digitally transform.

Most businesses of this size have got stuck. They were promised that the introduction of technology would make them more efficient. That technology alone would make them more competitive. They invested and have failed to capture additional marketshare or see a return on capital beyond their investment. Quite often the technology has led to more complexity and cost within the business, not less.

The response of the Industrial Development Agency is to help their client companies transform their products, services and business models.  They want their client companies to use data to find new export markets. To find that white space of opportunity and to be able to move swiftly into it.  No time for long winded documents – it’s hit and move. Fast, agile, efficient and practical.

Digital Transformation Courses for SME Development Should:

➔ Be able to work on a large scale (500+ businesses on a single program)
➔ Provide rapid diagnostics
➔ Offer platforms to manage business progress
➔ Demonstrate success and business case studies of the winners

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