As per the latest government data, there are 1.6 lakh apps in India, including 19,000 ecommerce platforms, and about 12,500 tech startups, all amplifying the use of technology at a larger scale.
The pandemic has led to a bunch of digital-native companies being initiated in cloud technology. In addition, traditional organisations have adopted digital technologies en masse. The digital shift is not only impacting their business but also helping re-evaluate the business model on a greater scale.
At YourStory’s flagship startup-tech conference, TechSparks 2021, industry experts came together on a panel to discuss how decluttering of technology creates an impact on businesses shifting from the traditional to the digital space.
The panel was hosted by Rahul Sharma, Senior Director and Country Manager, Slack; with Jatin Bhasin, SVP Product, CapitalFloat; and Sapna Ahuja, COO, MapmyIndia, as panellists.
Embracing technological change
Jatin said digitisation is becoming as important as hygiene across the globe. However, the main role of technologists in this aspect is to define problem statements and seek the most optimal solution.
“For instance, we are a digital learning space, and from the beginning itself, our customer onboarding journey has been digital. So, in the early buckets, we tried to make it as digital as possible. However, in certain situations, the human touch became inevitable – we had to send a person to detect the problems,” he stated.
So, digitisation is bound to occur but certain solutions are always not about digitising. Often, they are aimed at improving the customer experience, keeping the business model in mind.
“Our business conjectures create a digital twin of the real world using innovations. In the last few years, we have witnessed how organisations have started adopting technologies with their usual, manual processes. We have been a close observer of this shift as a lot of these processes require data or maps,” Sapna revealed.
Delving deeper into one of the use cases, she added, “There is an app dedicated for an on-field collection agent. Now, ensuring whether the agent visited the correct location, and helping him to reach that place are some of the basic uses where companies have used technology in the form of maps. Again, the companies also need to understand where their customers are, their buying and spending patterns, risk analytics, etc. So, shifting to a digitally oriented platform is a clear necessity keeping in mind the above factors.”
From traditional to experienced economy
Sapna said more than thriving in a digital world, we are in a ‘phygital world’, with both physical and digital pieces coexisting peacefully.
“The journey of user experience needs to be taken care of while implementing any new technology. However, at the same time, the delivery and the fulfilment of services needs to be done physically, roping in effort and efficiency in the process. It’s necessary to implement technology for both customer experience and fulfilment, where on one side there is customer satisfaction and, on the other side, efficiency, ” she added.
The last few years have been more of a ‘technology-first approach’ instead of a human-first approach. But, Sapna clarified that the ‘last touch’ will be of a human. Technology and humans will co-exist in a space where technology does the heavy-lifting, and humans come in when there is …….