The digital age has dawned, and organizations are adopting digital processes and services as quickly as they can to remain competitive in an unpredictable commercial environment affected by rapid social change and technological innovation.

Without a doubt, it is essential for modern organizations to have a digital transformation strategy or risk losing market share to others who are adapting to the demands and opportunities of the digital era, driven by commercial necessity and the demand for convenience.

Consumers and citizens are demanding easy, convenient, and engaging ways of interacting with providers of goods and services, while employees forced to work from home during the pandemic want to shift to a flexible combination of home and office working rather returning to the office full time.

Digital transformation, accelerated by the pandemic, is enabling established organizations to make better use of technology. It is also enabling them to deliver streamlined products and services to customers, consumers, and citizens. At the same time, it is enabling entirely new business models and businesses.

The use of cloud services, for example, is one of the key enablers of digital transformation. Cloud services accelerate time to value, provide more access to powerful IT resources in a more cost-effective manner, and remove the management costs associated with commodity services.

However, as the world embraces cloud computing and other new technologies in pursuit of digital transformation, the dependency of organizations on IT is increasing and the attack surface is increasing proportionately. As a result, identity theft and fraud are common and digital infrastructure is under continual attack.

Therefore, in addition to technology, market forces, and availability of required skills, digital transformation also requires careful consideration of the privacy, security, and IT architectural requirements.  Keeping digital platforms and users secure is essential.

The bottom line is that every digital service must not only be as convenient and as easy to use as possible, but must also ensure the highest level of security and privacy, especially where personal data is involved.

The goal of every digital transformation initiative, therefore, is to enable appropriate and secure access for all identities to all services, and KuppingerCole Analysts has a wealth of content designed to help any organization to achieve that.

Digital Transformation is here, and it impacts everyone, businesses, and governments. It is changing society as a whole and the way we engage with each other in virtually every area of life. The question of if and when to develop a digital transformation strategy is not even an issue. The need for a comprehensive approach and the resulting challenges are crystal clear.

— Matthias Reinwarth, IAM Practice Director, KuppingerCole.

Because we understand the importance of ­­­­­­successful and effective digital transformation, and because we are committed to helping your business succeed, KuppingerCole has a great deal of content available in a variety of formats.

This includes live events such as the Cybersecurity Leadership Summit taking place in Berlin and online from 8-10 November 2022. The agenda covers a wide range of security leadership topics including presentations on: Government's Role in Providing a Secure Framework for Digital Transformation, Successfully tackling your Digital Supply Chain Risk, Cybersecurity for Digital Business Processes, and Acceptable Adaptive Ability is the cornerstone of Digital Resilience.


As part of digital transformation Digital Workplace solutions are aimed at improving productivity, increasing employee satisfaction, and creating value in distributed cloud infrastructures. To learn more about this market, have a look at this Market Compass on Digital Workplace Delivery Platforms.

Enabling virtual collaboration is often an essential step in digital transformation, and can only be done securely when data-centric protection facilitates secure collaboration. Find out more in this Market Compass on Secure Collaboration.

Find out how to integrate Digital Business Strategy and Information Risk Management into your organization for IT and business, and how to create a new type of collaborative organization to enable the sustainable and risk-driven development of strategies for the Digital Enterprise, read this Leadership Brief entitled: Rethink your organization chart for the Digital Transformation.

A key element of a successful Digital Transformation process is to adapt business models. This aspect of Digital Transformation is the focus of this Leadership Brief on Monetizing the Digital Transformation.


To discover the main reasons DX initiatives fail and what can be done to avoid these common pitfalls, read this Advisory Note on Why High -Profile Digital Transformation Initiatives Fail: How to do better.

Digital transformation is one of the reasons that privileged accounts have become more numerous and widespread. Find out why and how to reduce this risk by reading this Advisory Note on Trends in Privileged Access Management for the Digital Enterprise.


If you would like to hear what your analysts have to say on the topic of digital transformation, listen to this Analyst Chat on Digital Transformation for the Public Sector.

Principal Analyst Martin Kuppinger explains how the paradigm of an Identity Fabric can help organizations to modernizer their Identity & Access Management capabilities at their own pace in this presentation entitled: Your IAM Doesn’t Fit for Hybrid Multi-Clouds and Digital Transformation Needs? Time to Rethink.

Digital transformation was a key topic at this year’s EIC conference, with several presentations referencing this phenomenon, including:

Digital Transformation has also appeared on the agenda of other past events. Get a range of different perspectives in this panel discussion on Accelerating Digital Transformation with Secure Cloud Access and explore the relationship between blockchains, identity, and digital transformation in this presentation entitled: The Future Model of Identity: Blockchain ID and the Digital Transformation.


Our analysts have addressed the topic of digital transformation in various blog posts. Have a look at the list below and choose those titles of greatest relevance or interest:


The use of cloud services is one of the key enablers of digital transformation. However, these benefits come with some risks. Find out how to migrate your business applications to the cloud without creating security vulnerabilities, unnecessary risks to your data and ensuring compliance in this Webinar on Accelerating Your Digital Transformation: Secure and Successful Cloud Migrations.

Discover why data resilience in a hybrid, multi-cloud IT environment is essential in the face of ransomware and other cyber-attacks that exploit new technologies and remote working practices to target data in this Webinar on Why Data Resilience is Key to Digital Transformation.

Applications, systems, and identities tend to be siloed, but as a business grows, it’s imperative they are cohesive and well-integrated to provide a superior customer experience. Find out more in this Webinar on The Role of Customer Identity & Access Management in Digital Transformation.

Businesses are looking to provide more and more digital services to their customers and consumers via apps and integrate with devices and things. Digital Identity is at the center of these digital transformations. To find out more, look at this Webinar on Identity Fabrics for True Digital Transformation.

Exploiting identities and weak authentication is a popular way for attackers to gain access to organizations. Find out how to increase identity security in this Webinar entitled: Mitigate Identity-Related Breaches in the Era of Digital Transformation.

By leveraging the synergy between employee Identity & Access Management and Consumer Identity & Access Management, businesses can achieve better sales opportunities as well as faster digital transformation, better customer journeys, and improved security, privacy, and compliance. Find out how in this Webinar entitled: Accelerate Your Digital Transformation Through Identity.

Understand the potential gaps between IAM and PAM systems in the context of digital transformation and how to fill them in this Webinar entitled: There Is No Successful Digital Transformation Without Strong Identity Management.

Organizations have a greater need to manage third-party access to data, systems, and facilities than ever before. To find out how to tackle this challenge, watch this Webinar entitled: In an Age of Digital Transformation Managing Vendor and Partner Identity Is Critical.

To learn more about these positive benefits of Digital Transformation, watch this webinar on How Digital Transformation Meets Risk Governance and Compliance Demands.


Learn about the phases of digital transformation and how a unified approach to IAM and CIAM fuels this journey in this White Paper entitled: Accelerate your Digital Transformation through Identity.

By setting up an Identity Fabric that delivers identity services to the new digital business services, organizations can meet the demand of Digital Transformation initiatives quickly, while enabling a gradual migration of their legacy IAM. Find out more in this White Paper on Digital Transformation for Business Enablement Requires a Modern Identity Fabric.

Identities of things and devices become part of what Identity Management needs to deliver, and Identity Fabrics are the paradigm for architecting an Identity Management for the Digital Business. Read more on this topic in this White Paper on Identity for the Business: Identity Fabrics supporting the Digital Transformation.

Enterprises will have to step up their identity information-management game to avoid gaps in this perimeter, and to realize the full dynamic potential of doing business digitally. Find out how to achieve that in this White Paper entitled RadiantOne: Identity Integration for Zero-Trust and Digital Transformation.

Tech Investment 

Organizations investing in technologies to support Digital Transformation, can have a look at some of the related technology solutions that we have evaluated: