Article: To be seen as strategic partners, HR needs to get on the journey to digital transformation fast: Sola Osinoiki

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To be seen as strategic partners, HR needs to get on the journey to digital transformation fast: Sola Osinoiki

In an exclusive interaction with People Matters, Sola Osinoiki, Senior Director Global People Technology, Naspers who will be speaking at People Matters TechHR Singapore 2020, shares how organizations can instill a digital mindset among their employees.
To be seen as strategic partners, HR needs to get on the journey to digital transformation fast: Sola Osinoiki

Sola Osinoiki, Senior Director Global People Technology, Naspers has over 19 years of Programme and Project Management experience and 15 years of global HR systems implementation and consulting experience for major international clients. He has a strong customer focus and has had roles where he has taken business needs and translated them into transformational solutions, helping clients solve issues across the HR Lifecycle Specialties.

In an exclusive interaction with People Matters, Sola who will be speaking in a panel on ‘The Roadmap to Success in Digital Transformation’ at People Matters TechHR Singapore 2020, shares how organizations can instill a digital mindset among their employees. 

Meet Sola Osinoiki at People Matters TechHR Singapore 2020 on 20th February 2020 at Marina Bay Sands.

How do you instill a digital transformation mindset in your organization?

As an organization, we are focused from the top on digital in all our businesses. For HR then it is kind of easy as we are driven by the strategy from the top. What we have practically done in HR is to look at the basic building blocks that enable digital transformation and ensure they are in place. The right data capture, the right systems and the right processes to embed a great foundation now we are building on that foundation.

What role does culture play in shaping the journey of the digital transformation of any organization?

Culture is the heartbeat of the organization; we have a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation and this flows throughout the organization. We have in our corporate head office both a digital team and an AI/ML team to help drive and embed the whole digital transformation in the business segments.

How can leaders accelerate digital transformation in their respective organizations so that it becomes a seamless journey from top to down? 

The vision has to leap off the paper into the day to day and heart and soul of the organization. At our organization, from the top, there is coaching and leadership investment around digital transformation to help drive this from the top. The overall recruitment strategy also plays a part in this to ensure you have hired the right skills and people that can make the vision materialize in reality on the ground. There is a need for talent to ensure this has a seamless embedding in any organization. Change is the one constant in our world today.

What strategies can organizations adopt to digitize yet humanize at the same time?

As I always say HR is always about the wellbeing of people. Even in the event of technology developments like AI and Robotics, the role of HR is still to care for people.

What is your key piece of advice to fellow HR and business leaders who are about to undertake their digital transformation journeys? 

Engage with this, it is changing our businesses and if we want to be seen as key strategic partners we need to get on the journey to digital transformation fast!!

 

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Topics: #TechHRSG, #Digital Transformation, Technology

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