Building a Digital Future: A Transformational Blueprint for Innovating with Microsoft Dynamics 365 by Lipi Sarkar and Vinnie Bansal. (Wiley, 2021) Buy on Amazon
Digital transformation has been one of my favorite topics since it emerged as an industry buzzword. Many books and articles discuss digital transformation as an abstract concept, but few of them can cite specific technologies, products, companies and case studies. Building a Digital Future fills this niche with a wide-ranging set of industry examples, all related to Microsoft's platform for digital transformation.
Part 1 sets the stage with an introduction to digital transformation, illustrated with case studies showing how organizations can harness disruptive change to improve themselves. It explains the capabilities of the Microsoft Power Platform, including Dynamics 365, Power Apps, Power BI and other tools. Finally, it covers the rise of low code/no code development along with the citizen developer.
Part 2 prescribes the elements required for success in a digital transformation project, including corporate culture, process re-engineering, governance, and how to organize and execute a project.
Part 3 goes deeper into the roles and responsibilities of project team members, the project charter, and how to measure success.
You could learn about these topics from a bookshelf full of tomes on Agile software development, organizational change management, and the Microsoft products that make up the Power Platform. This is the only volume I have found which brings all the material together in one place.
If your organization has chosen Microsoft as the platform for digital transformation, this book will speak to stakeholders, project managers, and developers alike. The people cited in the book are a who's who of Microsoft experts inside and outside the company.