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What is Digital Transformation?

The way in which society operates is fundamentally changing due to the world becoming increasingly digital. Companies are under greater pressure than ever to innovate quickly or risk being disrupted.

"Digital transformation is the profound and accelerating transformation of business activities, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of digital technologies and their impact across society in a strategic and prioritized way, with present and future shifts in mind."


Business APIs Are A Key Component of A Digital Transformation Strategy

Industry boundaries are being disrupted as new entrants and transformed businesses move into marketplaces or extend their capabilities outside of traditional categories. Uber has disrupted the taxi industry, Netflix the Movie rental industry while companies like Apple and Starbucks have incorporated digital payment options for consumer orders.  Banks, insurance companies and retailers continue to emerge without physical locations.  Without a doubt, the API economy is a key contributor to fueling this disruption.

Traditional APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) were extremely complicated and meant for connecting to other software programs or a limited internal or external audience. In the emerging API economy, thousands of secure and easily consumed business APIs should be leveraged and managed to extend business assets, data or services as well as to connect to external assets, data or services.

Digital Transformation Case Studies and Examples:

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Goldman Sachs

Used artificial intelligence to do forex trading. In 2001, they had 600 cash traders. In 2016, they had only 2.
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Canadian banks

Are shifting towards digital. Consumer behaviour is moving increasingly towards convenience, and this is disrupting the traditionally brick and mortar banking industry. As a result, young startups who are digital first are gaining traction in the market.


Is one of the most recognizable and reputable worldwide brands. That isn’t stopping the company in being proactive in challenging competition. They are being aggressive in adopting and challenging Tesla in the electric vehicle space.


Steps for Launching Digital Initiatives: 

Step 1 - Gather feedback internally from clients, leadership, and staff. Ask them about what the company needs to do to be better? What is inefficient? What are other people doing? Where is the pain points?

Step 2 - Quick Win - Pick an initiative that is critical for the team to invest time into and pursue that with focused energy. Classic Team Psychology - Go after a quick win to gather support and momentum for the future.

Step 3 - Take a long-term approach from the beginning. Document the process for implementing this new initiative so that the learnings can be applied to future opportunities. Adapting to change isn’t a one time thing and therefore, change management is a skill to be developed.   

I need help with my Digital Transformation Strategy

Able-One Systems offers consultations for executives and companies looking to understand how technology can unlock extra value. Able-One Systems is a trusted partner when it comes adopting and implementing digital transformation initiatives within organizations. Consider leaning on Able-One Systems’ expertise. Digital transformation is a journey and not a destination.

Want More?

If you would like to learn more about ways companies are improving their customer experiences with digital transformation strategies pleasse join our webinar:

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Or listen to our podcast on adopting process and leveraging technology to Succeed in the future:


Topics: Modernization

Automate Your Discovery Process with X-Analysis

There is still time to register for the X-Analysis webinar "Know your applications, reduce your risk", hosted by Able-One Systems in collaboration with Fresche Solutions

Still not convinced X-Analyisis can help?

To automate the discovery process, Royal Caribbean purchased X-Analysis from Fresche Legacy to define the system inventory.

Find out how one of the world's largest cruise lines is altering its 20 year old applications and database development processes in preparation for the next 20 years of business goals! 

Click Here to View The Case Study

X-Analysis for Royal Caribbean: 

  • Ensures a well-managed development environment 
  • Provides complete, automated impact analysis and documentation 

Many developers still spend over 50% of their time understanding their applications before they are able to enhance them! 


Learn How X-Analysis Can:

  • Vastly improve the productivity of your IT staff
  • Significantly reduce maintenance costs 
  • Quickly maximize the business value of your applications.

Please join us 

October 27, 2016 

2:00pm EST 

Register Now


Your Speaker

Ray Everhart 

Senior IBM i Analyst, X-Analysis Product Manager

Ray has spent years helping IBM i companies by assessing their RPG, COBOL and CA 2E (Synon) applications and processes to improve business outcomes. As Product Manager for X-Analysis, he works closely with IBM i customers to understand their business goals and technical needs in order to drive innovation within the product suite.

Topics: Events & Webinars

What is the API Economy? (Infographic)




To learn more, join us at our webinar on the API Economy, September 22nd, from 2 PM - 3 PM (EST)



Topics: Infrastructure

Able-One's 20th Annual Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament


Golf Classic

A couple weeks ago, Able-One Systems held our 20th Annual Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament. This day has become a highlight and something our team looks forward to each year, and we're glad to say that this year was once again a resounding success. 

We'd like to thank everyone who came out and enjoyed a beautiful day of learning, dining and golfing. To start the day, our attendees enjoyed a breakfast seminar with presentations focused on optimized IT from Todd Cox, our CTO, and our partners: IBM, Lenovo & Eaton. If you would like to receive a copy of the presentations or get further information on any of the topics please contact us here.


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  • IBM
  • Lenovo
  • Eaton

New Beginnings 

Able-One Systems also announced our latest partnership with Tekmonks. A few of our attendeestekmonks.png have already asked about how they can get more information. Look out for a webinar seriers in the next couple of months and if you would like to take advantage of the API economy now let us know.

Mackenzie Hughes

Just before heading out on to the course, Mackenzie Hughes, our long-time friend, gave us all some pointers to optimize our swings out on the links. 

Below is a video where you can see of Mackenzie giving us those pointers after having recently won his first Tour title - a victory at the Price Cutter Charity Championship - Hughes secured his spot on the PGA Tour next season!



Every year a charity or non-profit is selected to benefit from our Charity Hole Challenge. We are proud to have selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region as this year’s beneficiary. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo RegionAgencyLogos_OneWebHeader_wrongPurple_117.jpg is a volunteer-driven community leader in creating opportunities for children and youth to maximize potential through adult and youth based mentoring services and programs that foster caring, self-esteem, life skills and friendship. 

This year, we we're happy to end the day off knowing everyone helped raise $1870 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region of which Able-One Systems matched, for a grand total of $3740!

Last year BBBSW volunteer mentors provided 35,000 hours of support to 1,100 kids in our region. With community support BBBSW can continue to provide a variety of mentoring programs that contribute to the healthy development of children.


We'd like t13217119_1701481310069566_1622734332288201368_o.jpgo extend a big thank you to the team at Conestoga Country Club for the hospitality and for all of our partners & friends who attended to make this year's golf tournament another great one! 

A special thanks also goes out to E1 Transit for sponsoring the Tesla ride for the day. Recently, they have launched their corporate partnerships program. You can find out more information about how you and your company can participate in their corporate plan here.


If you have any questions about the golf tournament, would like a copy of the presentations or want information on any other topic, please contact us here

Topics: Able-One News

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