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Hilton Hotel Nicosia

Digital Transformation for Enterprises in Cyprus

Digital transformation addresses the changes associated with the application of digital technology in all aspects of human society. Our training programme supports small and medium-sized enterprises in Cyprus in migrating online.

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Digital Transformation for Enterprises in Cyprus

Time & Location

29 Sept 2021, 08:30 – 30 Sept 2021, 17:30

Hilton Hotel Nicosia, Achaion 1, Egkomi 2413, Cyprus

About the Event

Navigator Consulting and the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry are organising a strategic training programme in Fall 2021. Entitled Digital Project Management and Enterprise Transformation in Cyprus, this 2-day training addresses the key challenges faced by small enterprises in adapting to and competing in a digital world. Interested executives should contact Mr. Christos Tanteles at the Chamber, tel. 22-889-840, for further information.

The training will be held in Fall 2021. More information will be added shortly.

Introduction

Digital transformation is the process of adapting corporate processes to an online operating standard. According to Wikipedia:

Digital transformation is the changes associated with the application of digital technology in all aspects of human society. Digital transformation may be thought of as the third stage of embracing digital technologies: digital competence digital usage digital transformation, with usage and transformative ability informing digital literacy. The transformation stage means that digital usages inherently enable new types of innovation and creativity in a particular domain, rather than simply enhance and support the traditional methods.

Through digital transformation, small enterprises gain a number of benefits:

  1. The importance of physical space and physical delivery or sales systems becomes less important as consumers and supplier interact online. A good supplier no longer needs to invest in a branch network to the same extent this was needed in the past.
  2. New market segments in Cyprus and internationally can be opened. This approach is critical for numerous businesses in key segments in Cyprus ranging from tourism and professional services (lawyers and accountants involved in international company formation and management) to forex firms, engineers and architects and other professions.
  3. A greater number of communications channels can be employed. The rise of smartphones and the growth of mobile browsing is changing how consumers search for and purchase goods and services.
  4. A greater suitability for specific consumer segments, such as B2B professionals who have limited time available, or millenials (consumers who are 35 years old or younger, and are considered digital natives).

In order to compete today, Cypriot managers must master three related disciplines:

  1. Digital Transformation: How organisations and teams change around a customerfocussed, technology-driven, 24/7/365 environment;
  2. Digital Project Management: How executives manage diverse teams with internal and external stakeholders and vendors to deliver digital and ICT projects;
  3. Vendor Management: How executives will manage external suppliers of digital and ICT services, such as web designers, online advertisers, SEO specialists, and others.

The training agenda follows.

Training Agenda Day 1

Module 1: Digital Transformation

08:50 – 09:50 | 60 minutes

Digital transformation is affecting consumers, suppliers and governments all over the world. This session will cover:

  • Digital Transformation for Small Enterprises.
  • Customer demographics: What is a digital native? How do different demographic groups operate online? How do we measure their activities?
  • Working in Internet Time: Internet time is 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Customers interact online across all channels.
  • How is technology changing? How will the Internet of Things (IoT) and the semantic internet affect consumer interaction?

Module 2: Digital Strategy and Commitment

09:50 – 10:50 | 60 minutes

On order to succeed, enterprises must make a serious commitment to digital operations. This requires strong leadership, organisational transformation and deep cultural change. This session will cover:

  • Leadership of digital transformation across organisational silos and barriers.
  • Enterprise, unit and individual accountability and responsibility.
  • Corporate culture: Work and customer prioritisation and focus.
  • Aligning company strategy and positioning with online presence.
  • Accountability at different levels in the organisation.

Module 3: Principles of Digital Project Management

11:10 – 12:10 | 60 minutes

This session introduces project management for digital projects. The training subjects include:

  • Introduction to project management
  • Project management frameworks, including PMI, Waterfall and Agile
  • Identification of Enterprise needs
  • Distribution into one or more projects, defined as contracts
  • Specifications documents and tenders (RFP / RFQ), including budgets
  • Tender awards and contracts, including price / quality / time tradeoffs
  • Project planning: Gantt charts, timelines, milestones, deliverables
  • Meetings and reporting
  • Completion process and verification
  • Project activities after the project completion
  • Service level agreements (SLA)
  • Understanding Hosted Services
  • Understanding Online and Offline Hybrids (Server versus Cloud)
  • Understanding Copyright, Data protection, and confidentiality

Module 4: Waterfall Project Management: Part 1

12:10 – 13:10 | 60 minutes

Introduction, Project Requirements, Contracting

  • The five phases of Waterfall Project Management
  • Defining Project Requirements
  • Drafting a Request for Proposals (RFP) / Request for Quotes (RFQ)
  • Differentiating between Inputs and Outputs
  • Defining Milestones and Timelines
  • Allocation budgets in terms of time and costs to milestones and deliverables
  • Preparation needed from the contractor side and the vendor side
  • Holding a tender
  • Awarding a tender
  • Contracting

Module 5: Waterfall Project Management: Part 2

14:10 – 15:40 | 90 minutes

Specifications, Analysis and Design

  • Analysis and mapping of business logic and commercial processes
  • Drafting the Project Specifications Document
  • Identifying deviation between RFP and Project Specifications Document
  • Revising budgets and work allocation
  • Software / Internet design processes: Wireframe drawing and mock-ups
  • User experience / User interaction / customer experience management
  • CMS and ecommerce issues
  • Data security
  • Data back up and disaster recovery

Module 6: Waterfall Project Management: Part 3

16:00 – 17:30 | 90 minutes

Implementation, Verification & Maintenance

  • Project implementation
  • Reporting and management
  • Milestone completion and budget release
  • Alpha testing: best practise
  • Beta testing: best practise
  • Verification
  • Handover training
  • Post-project maintenance and support
  • Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

Training Agenda Day 2

Module 7: Agile Project Management

08:50 – 10:50 | 120 minutes

This session presents Agile project management. Items covered include:

  • The Agile Manifesto
  • Agile project lifecycle / adaptive project lifecycle
  • When to choose agile as a project management method
  • Advantages and disadvantages of iterative design
  • Advantages and disadvantages of self-organising teams and groups
  • Impact on agile project management and project budgets
  • Scrum & kaizen processes
  • The role of the project manager or scrum master in agile projects
  • Risks of using agile in Cyprus
  • How to choose an agile technology vendor in Cyprus

Module 8 Digital Outsourcing and Contracting

11:10 – 12:30 | 80 minutes

This session provides an in-depth view at writing digital contracts for specific projects as well as larger outsourcing initiatives. It covers elements that enable a company to “own” and to control a digital initiative, such as web design, pay-per-click marketing, etc. Several contracts will be presented and their clauses explained. Components include:

  • “Make or buy” decisions: When to outsource; when to hire full-time capability
  • Role of the outsourced service provider / role of the contractor
  • Verifying vendor capabilities: how to differentiate hype from reality
  • Contract structure
  • Content ownership
  • Intellectual property rights: own content / vendor platforms / third party providers (for instance, digital photographs or media)
  • Best practise in contract management
  • Best practise in digital asset management
  • Contract milestones and clauses
  • Penalties and break-up clauses for non-performance
  • Service-Level Agreement (SLA) contracts, including defining critical incidents, level of impact, response times, and performance levels

Module 9: Using Project & Team Management Software

12:30 – 13:10 / 14:10 – 14:30 | 40 + 20 minutes

This session reviews different options for online project management and team management. This is an effective tool for managing digital projects and initiatives for small enterprises, as it allows for multiple users to login, track progress, assign tasks, etc. We will review:

  • Choosing online project management software
  • Asana
  • Basecamp
  • Jira

Module 10: Budgets & ROI

14:30 – 15:40 | 70 minutes

Many enterprises cannot adequately measure digital project budgets and return on investment. This session will provide a detailed structure and analytical framework for budgeting using Microsoft Excel.

Expenditure calculations:

  • Contracts
  • Cost overruns
  • Financial versus time expenditure
  • Opportunity costs

Income calculations

  • Revenue
  • Intangible benefits
  • Long-term revenue opportunities

Return on Investment (ROI) methods

  • Net cost basis
  • Terminal / asset value basis

Module 11: A 5-Year Plan to Digital Transformation

16:00 – 17:30 | 90 minutes

We review the core digital operations needed for online competition in Cyprus today. These include:

  • Website development and core website features and functions
  • Social media management and advertising
  • Electronic Newsletters and email marketing
  • Online advertising (PPC and branded)
  • Search engine optimisation
  • Online customer care
  • Analytics and monitoring

We look at how rapidly the environment is changing, and how we anticipate Cypriot companies will be operating five years from now. Key issues that will be faced in the future include:

  • Big Data: How will enterprises store and extra value from big data? What types of analytics will be mined for product / service discounting, customer account regeneration, product selection and evolution?
  • Customer profiling: