A digital culture is dramatically more customer-centered, with the latitude provided on behalf of the customer for employees to make decisions. Creativity and advancement are also assisted by a digital community, again on behalf of the client.

FREMONT, CA: Almost all financial institutions worldwide are concentrating on making their organization’ more digital’. The need to consider and adapt to the digital consumer’s needs has never been greater, from overhauling back-office operations to leveraging emerging technology to growing customer engagement.

This digital transformation cannot occur without rethinking the back-office processes that banks and credit unions, including streamlining operations and the introduction of new data sets, have had in place for decades. But with customer-facing interaction, including goods, communication, customer service tools, and marketing campaigns, the most impactful change happens. Ultimately, it’s all about building contextual interaction through various platforms.

It is substantially more than merely offering online and mobile functionality to become a digital organization. It needs seamlessly promoting customer engagement across all platforms. It also ensures that all user experiences with new technology are simplified. During the entire consumer journey, a ‘real’ digital company focuses on the customer experience at every point of touch.

Digital organization is an overarching mechanism involving the actions and attitudes of employees. This consists of the way workers communicate internally with other employees as well as externally with customers. In some instances, the functions, responsibilities, and organizational structure must shift to meet this digital transition. Not surprisingly, a culture must also be instilled that promotes the modern digital organization, thus enabling the business’s strategy.

Although the technical aspects of digital transformation are the priority of many banks and credit unions, it is clear that culture is the most critical key to success. A common collection of principles and attitudes that determine how choices are taken and policies are enforced are defined by culture. The culture must be embraced by all C-level management, the board of directors, and, indeed, all levels of leadership in a financial institution.

A strong culture directs all workers to behave in compliance with set guidelines promoting the brand’s DNA and the priorities and strategies of the organization. Ignoring culture as part of digital transformation puts at risk the whole process of transition, affecting financial results.