Preparing for Digital Transformation: Resources, Skills, and Tools

Digital transformation
Image 1. Digital transformation (Sapegin, 2016).

What is more exciting than developing a profitable business model, crafting a winning strategy, and developing the first prototype of the website of a new business? Digital transformation brings many advantages, such as increased speed of payments, better overview over customer conversations, or more transparent information management. Digital transformation has the potential to disrupt traditional companies that hold themselves back from going digital. There is a famous quote on adaptability:

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” – Albert Einstein

The World Wide Web offers many opportunities. The following list is a collection of resources, skills, and tools that can be used to prepare for digital transformation. It is not complete and certainly there are many interesting links missing – feel free to comment with links to resources, skills, and tools that have not been mentioned. I am enthusiastic to help people grow and provide them guidance to reach their full potential. I hope you will use this information to create positive impact for your organization, start a new business, or create a side hustle.

Networking

Eventbrite

Eventbrite brings people together through live experiences. Discover events that match your passions, or create your own with online ticketing tools.

Meetup.com

Meetup brings people together in thousands of cities to do more of what they want to do in life.

Funding

Indiegogo

At Indiegogo, our mission is to empower people to unite around ideas that matter to them and together make those ideas come to life. With the help of our Indiegogo community, we’re redefining entrepreneurship—shifting it from being a privilege to a right. Because every inventive idea should have its shot, and every creative entrepreneur should have their moment.

Kickstarter

Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. A home for film, music, art, theater, games, comics, design, photography, and more.

Patreon

Patreon allows creators like you to get paid by running a membership business for your fans.

Cloud Storage

Dropbox

Dropbox simplifies the way you create, share and collaborate. Bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and keep your files safe.

Google Drive

Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more with Google Drive.

Communication

Confluence

Confluence is content collaboration software that changes how modern teams work.

Crew

A powerful new app that makes communicating with your team a breeze.

Evernote

Capture, organize, and share notes from anywhere. Your best ideas are always with you and always in sync.

Front

Manage all your customer conversations in one place with Front.

G Suite

Introducing G Suite from Google Cloud. A set of intelligent apps including Gmail, Docs, Drive and Calendar to connect the people in your company

Microsoft Office

Collaborate for free with online versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote.

Salesforce

Build more meaningful and lasting relationships and connect with your customers across sales, customer service, marketing, communities, apps, analytics, and more using our Customer Success Platform.

SharePoint

Share and manage content, knowledge, and applications to empower teamwork, quickly find information, and seamlessly collaborate across the organization.

Slack

Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It’s real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams.

Slalert

Find out every time someone mentions your company, product or keyword online.

Graphic Design

99designs

The #1 marketplace for graphic design, including logo design, web design and other design contests. Start a contest now with 100% Money-Back Guarantee!

Adobe InDesign CC

Create and publish printed books, brochures, digital magazines, iPad apps and interactive online documents with Adobe InDesign CC. Join today.

Adobe Photoshop CC

Create and enhance your photos, images, and designs with Adobe Photoshop CC, the world’s best imaging and photo editing software.

BrandColors

The biggest collection of official brand color codes around.

Canva

Easily create beautiful designs + documents. Use Canva’s drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics.

Creately

Easily draw diagrams online using Creately’s online diagramming tool. Diagram software packed with templates and features.

Easelly

Create and share visual ideas.

Google Fonts

Making the web more beautiful, fast, and open through great typography.

GraphicRiver

Discover our huge collection of hand-reviewed graphic assets from our community of designers.

Launchaco

Launchaco helps you name your business: instantly search domains, social media handles & beautiful logotypes.

Pantone

Color, products and guides for accurate color communication.

The Noun Project

Nearly a million curated icons, created by a global community.

SlideShare

Share what you know and love through presentations, infographics, documents and more.

Video

Loom

Quick Videos, Faster than Typing.

Showbox

Showbox.com is a cloud-based video creation platform that enables Brands,
Online Marketplaces and Websites to provide their communities with fully controlled,
easy-to-use, video creation tools, ensuring high quality results.

VideoScribe

Make your own whiteboard video animations with Sparkol VideoScribe – award- winning video scribing app for PC, Mac and iPad. Free trial available

Project Management

Asana

Asana is the easiest way for teams to track their work—and get results.

Jira

Business project management software.

Trello

Trello is the visual collaboration tool that creates a shared perspective on any project. Trello’s boards, lists and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your personal and work life in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.

App Development

Adobe Experience Design CC

Design and prototype websites and mobile apps with Adobe Experience Design CC (Beta), the first all-in-one solution for UX designers.

Pop

POP helps you transform your pen and paper ideas into an interactive iPhone or Android prototype.

Feedback

Loopline

Vacancies cost time and money. Loopline helps you retain your employees and grow together – by establishing a mutual & continuous feedback process.

UserVoice

Transform product feedback into intelligent data to drive product strategy

Domain Name, Website, and Hosting

GoDaddy

GoDaddy makes registering Domain Names fast, simple, and affordable.

GoDaddy Web Hosting

GoDaddy’s Reliable Web Hosting keeps your website up and running. All plans include 1-click install of 125+ free applications (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.).

Squarespace

Squarespace makes beautiful products to help people with creative ideas succeed.

ThemeForest

WordPress themes, web templates and more. Brought to you by the largest global community of creatives.

WordPress

Create a free website or easily build a blog on WordPress.com. Hundreds of free, customizable, mobile-ready designs and themes. Free hosting and support.

Content Creation

Pixabay

Free images and videos you can use anywhere

Shutterstock

Discover over 125 million royalty-free images, video clips, and music tracks.

Unsplash

Discover the latest free high-resolution photos released by the Unsplash community.

Benchmarking

BetaList

BetaList provides an overview of upcoming internet startups. Discover and get early access to the future.

Gartner

Gartner is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company.

Outsourcing

Felix1

Felix1.de has set itself the goal of being the simplest tax consultancy in Germany.

Firma

Enabling young start-ups to start quickly, safely and at low cost.

Freelancer

Hire expert freelancers for your job, online.

Upwork.com

Work with someone perfect for your team.

Stack Overflow

Join the world’s largest developer community.

Payments

PayPal

PayPal offers a wide variety of online payment services. Sign-up with PayPal to make online payments to anywhere in the world.

Calendar

Calendly

Say goodbye to phone and email tag for finding the perfect meeting time with Calendly.

Google Calendar

With Google’s free online calendar, it’s easy to keep track of life’s important events all in one place.

Meetings

GoToMeeting

Work can happen any time, anywhere. GoToMeeting with HD video conferencing is a simple yet powerful way to collaborate in real time.

Skype for Business

Skype for Business lets you collaborate with anyone, anywhere, on any device, with the security and control of Microsoft.

Customer Engagement

Chatra

Live chat software that helps to increase revenue and collect feedback providing an easy way for website owners to talk to visitors in real time.

Drift

Drift makes it easy for your customers to buy. We’re helping to reinvent modern marketing and sales using messaging.

Intercom

We make customer messaging apps for sales, marketing, and support, connected on one platform. Our mission is to make business personal again.

Zendesk

Customer service software and support ticket system by Zendesk. Web-based help desk software used by 200000+ organizations worldwide.

Sales

ClickFunnels

Build every type of marketing funnel your business needs to grow.

Accounting

Wave

Get paid. Track expenses. Manage your money.

Human Resource Management

CATS

Work efficiently, hire faster with the CATS applicant tracking system and recruiting software. Get started with a live demo today!

HireVue

Video interviews, recruiting tools, assessments & coaching all in one platform.

LinkedIn Talent Solutions

Discover all the recruiting and employer branding tools LinkedIn has to offer with our recruiting solutions.

LinkedIn Recruiter

Find and contact anyone on LinkedIn with the industry-standard recruiting tool. Use LinkedIn Recruiter to recruit both active and passive talent.

Namely

Namely is the only HR, payroll, benefits, and talent management platform your employees will love.

Recruitee

Recruitment software with modern applicant tracking system for teams. Used by 2000+ companies. Organize your hiring process from start to hire.

Marketing

Moo

Create customised business cards from a range of professionally designed templates from MOO!

Internet Marketing

Instapage

The Most Powerful Landing Page Platform for Marketing Teams & Agencies.

SurveyMonkey

Use the survey platform that answers 16 million questions every day.

Typeform

Build beautiful, engaging, and conversational online forms, surveys, quizzes, landing pages, and much more with Typeform.

Wufoo

Create and share your forms.

Email Marketing

BEE

Beautiful emails, easy and fast.

MailChimp

MailChimp provides marketing automation for e-commerce businesses. Send beautiful emails, connect your e-commerce store, advertise, and build your brand.

Social Media Marketing

Linktree

You only get one chance to link in Instagram. Make it do more.

Ecommerce

Google Analytics

Google Analytics lets you measure your advertising ROI as well as track your Flash, video, and social networking sites and applications.

Picreel

Turn your visitors into buyers and subscribers.

Shopify

Whether you sell online, on social media, in store, or out of the trunk of your car, Shopify has you covered.

Automation

Zapier

Easy automation for busy people. Zapier moves info between your web apps automatically, so you can focus on your most important work.

References

Artem Sapegin. (Janurary 31, 2017). Digital transformation. Retrieved August 25, 2017, from https://unsplash.com/photos/ZMraoOybTLQ

Mulvey, K. (2017, May 23). These 9 skills are great ones to have on your résumé right now. Retrieved August 19, 2017, from http://www.businessinsider.de/best-job-skills-for-resume-2016-6?

Sanchez, G. (2017, April 06). The Ultimate List: 100 Tools For Skyrocketing Business Growth in 2017. Retrieved August 19, 2017, from http://www.signority.com/blog/ultimate-list-100-tools-resources-for-skyrocketing-business-growth-2017

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