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Digital transformation using mobile apps

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What’s digital transformation?

Digital transformation is a broad concept, it’s used as an umbrella term for describing various concepts of a business that have been enhanced by technology. In simple words, every process of a business that has been enhanced by the use of software & technology can be viewed as a digital transformation.

An example of digital transformation would be a banking app that allows users to perform banking operations, previously possible only by making a trip to the bank.

Digital transformation is usually driven by common factors which are industry agnostic:

  • Reducing cost — by automating the process that previously required human interaction
  • Improving the customer experience — by using technology and automated processes more users can be reached and their requests can be solved much faster
  • Increasing the security and resilience — by using more technology in the processes

How it helps businesses?

Mobile applications are a great way of digitalizing businesses, nowadays, people use their most personal devices — smartphones, for doing a large variety of operations, from e-shopping to paying bills or getting medical advice through healthcare apps.

Some ways in which mobile apps can help you digital transforming your company or startup are:

  • Increase engagement — by using mobile apps for common processes in your business (such as transferring money, purchasing a ticket, or trading stocks) you’re getting new ways to reach and target your customers, in addition to this, your services will be available 24/7.
  • More sales — if your business is selling something online, E-Commerce apps have 157% more conversions than mobile web.
  • Better recommendations — by using AI and analyzing the behavior of the user, a business can upsell services related to the user’s interests, automatically
  • Fast and high-quality content delivery — by using the newest high-bandwidth mediums such as 4G or 5G.
  • Automating manual processes — for instance, automatically sending out reminders that you’re insurance is about to expire, or engaging with users via custom offers in special cases (such as birthdays).

One common feature of the vast majority of digital transformation is the automation of certain tasks and flow in a way that human interaction is removed partially or as a whole. The results of digital transformation are lower costs and more efficiency, hence higher profits.

In what areas of a business can digital transformation help?

A business has multiple layers that interact towards achieving a common goal. Digital transformation can happen at multiple of those layers.

Sales & Marketing

By definition, at the core of every business, we have profit. Companies are trying to acquire more customers and drive up more sales, but to do that, they need to get in front of the customers and their services have to be found easily.

A great way of reaching new customers is by targeting your audience and informing them about the company’s products and services. This can be easily done by using advertising networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Google Ads and grabbing the attention of your potential customers. By using paid ads, companies can target a real audience and can advertise their product in the audience’s news feeds of popular social apps. Potential buyers which express interest in the services provided by the company will be redirected to the company’s web page or mobile app where more details and information regarding the products and services can be digested.

Digital transformation in marketing is an effective tool as the average US citizen spends as much as two hours and three minutes a day on average using social media, creating a great funnel of potential new customers. This gives companies a huge opportunity to engage with new customers and encourage them to find more about the products and services they are offering, through conversion-oriented pages and flows.

Another area in which digital transformation can help the sales process is by using AI and ML learning techniques for improving the customer experience. The experience can be improved by using the latest technological advancements such as AR/VR which could help the users see and interact with the product before actually buying it (for instance user could see how a piece of furniture would look like in their home by using AR).

In addition to this, the experience of the user could also be enhanced by using intelligent recommendation systems, which use AI techniques for recommending products and services which best fit their profile (just like Netflix does when you’re on the home page or after you’ve finished a movie).

Supply chain

For businesses that rely on a supply chain for achieving their goals, digital transformation can help automate the process of ordering and handling supplies.

Based on historical data, ML algorithms can be used for implementing smart systems which would handle the supply, by automatically ordering supplies when you’re about to run out, making predictions regarding the number of supplies needed for the next periods, or optimizing the logistics of the supply process.

An example of digital transformation on the supply chain could be a restaurant that only does food deliveries. With the help of ML, the restaurant will have future projections on how many purchases they will have based on a lot of factors like weather, holidays, size of the city they operate in, previous purchasing patterns, etc., which will result in accurate assessments of the supplies needed for the next period. A smart supply system that is integrated with vendors could automatically order ingredients, packaging items so that the restaurant never runs out and they cook only with fresh ingredients.

Low-tech businesses

Digital transformation could also help low-tech businesses, for instance, small grocery shops. By offering online-based ordering, through the use of mobile apps, or websites, they can reach more customers and keep their business going, especially in times like the Covid pandemic where a lot of people have relied on delivery services for a vast majority of their purchases. The businesses that offer delivery services are here to stay and they’ve proven to be very effective at increasing sales.

By offering services online, a small business can better nurture its customers with custom offers and loyalty programs that would turn their customers into fans.

Digitalization and gamification have been applying to a lot of domains, especially due to the global pandemic. Businesses like on-demand video fitness apps, or e-learning platforms have sprong and gained a lot of popularity in the past few months. Gamification (gamification serves to increase user motivation) is a great tool that can be used to drive up user motivation and engagement and can be applied to a large area of businesses.

Why does the digital transformation fail?

Unfortunately, there are a few cases in which digital transformation does not live to its promises. We’ve discovered that the main reason for a failing digital transformation is that the business failed to properly integrate technology in their day-to-day tasks.

For instance, a business might start using an advanced invoice system that automatically sends invoices and follows up with the customer based on the signed contract, but they won’t integrate their contracts into the platform, so the system becomes an expensive invoice generator tool.

For a digitalization process to be effective, the organization that implements it needs to restructure to gain all the benefits of using technology. Companies that fail to integrate the new digital processes in their workflow and restructure the processes around them, don’t rip all the benefits of using technology and might create an extra workload which results in diminished profits or more work being made.

Digitalizing a business is a symbiosis between technology and implementation. Not all business types can be successfully digitalized, and even those can run into issues while implementing the digital transformation. Those issues are frequently due to the employees who are not well trained in using the technology and understanding all the benefits of how technology can make their jobs simpler.


Revolut is one of the most popular digital banks, a lot of customers, especially young ones are using it as it provided an easy way of managing your expenses, transferring funds, converting currency, or investing in stocks. With the rise of fintech, a lot of traditional banks had started a digital transformation process, to keep their customers and attract new ones.

Such an example from the heart of Transilvania, appssemble’s home, is Banca Transilvania. They are a traditional bank but they have started a digitalization process with great results, their mobile apps have become widely used by both tech-savvy and young people as well as their previous customers which were accustomed to a more traditional way of doing different banking operations.


Online shopping is now more popular than ever, a lot of shops have transitioned their services online (web and mobile apps). This digitalization of such business allowed them to offer their services non-stop and nowadays a lot of stores offer online products which are not available in the physical stores.

Many of the premium brands which sold their products exclusively in physical stores such as Burberry, embraced digital transformation, and offer their products online via mobile apps or websites.

More than half of the mobile users are online shoppers, having a mobile app for selling your services is a great way of reaching those customers.


One of the most active industries from a digitalization point of view is healthcare. A lot of the processes which involved a visit to a medical practice now happen online. Apps such as MDLive allow their users to connect with a doctor and get help without the need to leave the comfort of their home.

For the healthcare industry, this is a big shift, as doctors don’t have to be in the same geographical area as the patients anymore, technology allows them to help and treat more people.

appssemble helps companies implement digital transformations through knowledge and experience

The knowledge we acquired from working for big enterprises (Bosch, Honda, Deloitte) and startups offered us the tools needed to guide you through the digital transformation of your business. Our team of technical experts and designers builds digital products that make a long-lasting impact on the user and simplify your businesses.

We are not just building digital products, we help you all the way through in digitalizing your business. Our core mission is to help customers succeed with the aid of technology, which means we use all the means necessary to ensure that your digital transformation is a success. Get in touch and learn more about how can we help you in your digital transformation journey.

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