Thursday, April 11, 2019

Meet Nishith & Tushar Author of Demystifying Digital Transformation : A Practitioners Companion

Today we have Nishith & Tushar to discuss their book "Demystifying Digital Transformation".


Educational Background
Nishith – MBA in International Business
Tushar – MBA, ME,BE
What are some day jobs you have held?
Nishith – Siemens, PeopleSoft, Adani Group, RPG Group
Tushar – Consultant TCS, Associate Partner - Strategy & Transformation IBM, SVP-Adani
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors? Which author inspire you the most?
Nishith – Mainly non-fiction; many authors writing in the realm of management, psychology, fiction,etc.
Tushar – NONFICTION: Books on Behavioral Economics, Macro –Economics, Innovation & Creativity, Technology & it’s impact on society, markets, organizations &individuals.
When did you start writing?
Nishith – This is the first book. I have not written on any topic in the public domain.
Tushar – Started writing blog from 2000 on wards. Also written article in magazines & blogs in linked in
When did you decide to become a writer?
Nishith – When I left my RPG job. Thought I would do blogging but ended up co- authoring a book.
Tushar –Decided to write a book instead of another article, as the topic deserved deeper and comprehensive treatment and needed to be referred to by readers multiple times.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Nishith – Maybe write another book or even a sequel to the first one
Tushar – Write a book every two years- as long as the subject is relevant and I have reasons to believe I can add value to the reader
Do you have a special time to write, or how is your day structured to accommodate your writing?
Nishith – It depends on the consulting assignments on hand.
Tushar – I live through the topic throughout the week and write in one sitting, once there is clarity on my PoV. To ensure progress, I do try to get at least few hrs of writing every week.
Is this your debut work? If not so, what have you written?
Tushar – Written Blogs and several Articles – details can be seen from my linked in profile
 What genre are your books?
Tushar – NON FICTION- I prefer to link theory with practice at management / organizations or individuals levels. Idea is for the reader to appreciate reality, get some insights into whats causing it, and finally some options of addressing that reality and make a difference.

Can you describe your current book in few lines? What’s it about?
Digital transformation is inevitable, for organisations who seek to remain relevant in the future. The objective of any digital transformation is to innovatively apply the technology stack to reinvent the organisation and the way in which it will engage with the customer to deliver value to them.

Given that each organisation has a unique DNA with distinctive aspirations, the digital journey need to be individually crafted with clear purpose, technology choices, and implementation specifics. Leaders will be called upon to take well-informed and deliberative decisions that have enormous implications and could very well define the future of the organisation.

This book provides the necessary framework to assist leaders define their transformation agenda and execution specifics. Authors present an integrated approach, covering technological, strategic and organisational perspectives, while pointing out the decisions that need to be considered at various milestones during the digital transformation journey.

This is an essential handbook for the industry leaders and transformation professionals as they embark on the digital transformation journey.
Where did you get idea for this book?
Nishith– From our direct experience, perusing the literature, and realizing there is no concise, comprehensive, and a holistic book on this topic
Tushar : I truly believe that the motivation to write this book is to bring certain rigor and sanity around this topic of digital transformation, so as to avoid lot of wasted efforts, resources and disappointment within organizations.
How much research did you do for this book?
Nishith & Tushar –Substantial.
Material for the book comes from three sources: Published reports from authentic sources, intense discussions with consultants & fellow professionals involved in digital transformation exercises on their experiences and (3) authors own experience in this field.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Nishith & Tushar – Coordinating the content of the book with both of us writing at the same time, with different writing style. Given that the scope of digital transformation is very wide- across sectors and technologies, the key challenge was to describe elements, frameworks, insights and illustrations in a way that it is relevant to all, and at the same-time is not too obvious. Several sections were to be rewritten to make language simple and actionable, keeping the readers’ profile as non-technical manager or leadership community.
Release date.
Nishith & Tushar – December 12,2018
What are you working on at the minute?
Nishith – On-hand consulting assignments and ideating on the next book.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
Nishith & Tushar – May be, in any case the book would require updated version every two months
We may consider follow-up book linked to specific sector or technology 
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Nishith & Tushar–
  • Know your purpose to write the book- Why book? given other channels of expression available
  • How would reader gain by reading this book – would act, think feel differently post reading it
  • Delete every word/sentence that does not address the above two 
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Tushar: I have got a US patent on Virtual Team Effectiveness 
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