The Green Sheet Online Edition
July 13, 2015 • Issue 15:07:01
Revealing competitive ranking, potential gaps
Emerging technologies are disrupting the payments ecosystem, prompting many organizations to rethink their business models. Toronto-based One Million Acts of Education, established in 2010, is a global not-for-profit organization committed to helping companies leverage advanced technologies to create meaningful change both within their organizations and globally.
One Million Acts of Education began in Canada as part of a broader initiative known as One Million Acts of Innovation, which was designed to "create, record and count one million acts of innovation." It has grown into an international movement that challenges business, technology, academic, government and community leaders to "think differently and innovate collaboratively to create a better future."
Gaps between challenges and digital capabilities
Digital Gap Analysis was one of the first deliverables to come out of One Million Acts' far-reaching project. Originally designed to show Canada's global ranking among other developed countries, the analysis can now be used by individuals and companies to evaluate their digital ranking in relationship to their competitors and identify areas in need of improvement.
"Initially when people sign up for this survey, they want to see how they rank compared to their competitors," said Taimour Zaman, Chief Digital Officer and founder of One Million Acts of Innovation and One Million Acts of Education. "They're frequently surprised by other findings in the survey, such as gaps between their day-to-day activities and mission-critical objectives."
Digital Gap Analysis provides a unique portrait of an individual or company's digital DNA, and this one-of-a-kind profile can be a valuable point of reference, whether used as a prerequisite for further study, or as a baseline for crafting competitive strategy, Zaman noted. He added that channel partners and distributors use Digital Gap Analysis as an internal resource and sell it as a standalone tool or bundled with other products and services.
Continuing education, tailored programs
One Million Acts of Education partners with academic, business and arts communities to create specialized events and training programs in a variety of disciplines, using digital resources to solve complex organizational challenges. Programs are developed by industry leaders with the expertise and professional experience to provide up-to-date, hands-on and relevant information, One Million Acts stated.
One Million Acts said it is a results-driven organization that works in all areas of digital technologies, including artificial intelligence, data analytics, mobile apps, payments technologies, and social media. Instructors bring considerable depth of knowledge to organizational culture, business case studies, ROI models and the design and implementation of complex executable projects.
Programs include live events, classroom training, and training tailored for an individual or organization. Popular topics include how to:
- Align current organizational culture with digital transformation projects
- Change customer behavior and engage instantly with different communities, while facing limited time and budgets
- Differentiate in today's noisy world
- Leverage the data tsunami your customers are manufacturing into actionable insights
- Create an organizational framework to get a return on investment on select digital transformation initiatives
Special offer for readers of The Green Sheet
One Million Acts of Education, in conjunction with the Management Development Centre of the Institute of Technology, University of Ontario, is offering a free initial gap analysis and benchmark trial to qualified corporations and readers of The Green Sheet. For a limited time, individuals and companies can receive a detailed analysis of their digital ranking while exploring potential approaches to using digital technologies to create meaningful change.
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