Digital Innovation and Strategic Transformation

Submission deadline: 1 April 2016
Publication: November/December 2016

The digital revolution is rapidly transforming the fundamental nature of many companies and revitalizing their digital business models in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, finance, logistics, education, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, transportation, telecommunication, and cities. To ensure success in this environment, IT professionals, executives, and entrepreneurs need to understand the new business models, technology paradigms, cultural evolutions, and management practices that foster innovation in emerging next-generation digital-centric businesses. A few examples of these digital platforms are Uber, Airbnb, Skype, Kindle, Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MOOCs, and LinkedIn.

Firms must increasingly turn their attention to innovatively embracing the promise of technological developments such as e-commerce, cloud computing, mobile, big data, Internet of Things, social technologies, and cognitive solutions that shape their business strategies and competitive positions. They must also address the changing preferences and demands of customers and society. The emerging complex and dynamic business environment offers several new opportunities, but it also comes with significant risks.

This special issue of IT Professional seeks to examine the digital innovation and strategic transformation that is driving industry, government, and society. It will showcase innovative smart services, digital products, and platforms; discuss current issues, challenges, and practices; and look to future prospects. We seek high-quality articles focused on these areas from industry, business, academia, and government. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Digital business models
  • Digital innovation as a service
  • Cognitive business
  • Cultural change and human factors
  • The Internet of Me, Things, and Everything
  • Platform revolution and economics
  • Design for analytics
  • Data velocity
  • Harnessing hyperscale: hardware is back (and never really went away)
  • Emerging social technologies and platforms
  • The next wave of mobility technology
  • Leveraging big data and analytics in innovation
  • Open innovation with IT
  • The role of IT in facilitating value co-creation and co-innovation
  • Customer engagement
  • T-shaped innovators for digital transformation


Feature articles should be no longer than 4,200 words with no more than 20 references (with tables and figures counting as 300 words). Illustrations are welcome. For author guidelines, including sample articles, see
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