DIGITAL – What is it?

This post affirms the beginning of a journey, or better, a project focused on the ‘digital world’ and in particular on the transformation that is taking place in a particular sector. A the moment, I’m not going to reveal anything and every post will be a small piece of this great puzzle and, in a few months, you will all be able to admire and read it.

Digital means everything and means nothing at the same time, does not outline this project, does not exemplify it, it does not enhance it.

I like to take the long way round and I’ll start from far away.  We talk so much about digital, but what is digital? What does digital means?

Let’s start from the basics and let’s see (in this first episode, I could say) what the dictionary tells us.

The adjective digital from Latin digitalis, from digitus ‘finger, toe’, describes electronic technology that generates, stores, and processes data in terms of two states: positive and non-positive. Positive is expressed or represented by the number 1 and non-positive by the number 0.

Thus, data transmitted or stored with digital technology is expressed as a string of 0’s and 1’s. Each of these state digits is referred to as a bit (and a string of bits that a computer can address individually as a group is a byte).


Prior to digital technology, electronic transmission was limited to analog technology, which conveys data as electronic signals of varying frequency or amplitude that are added to carrier waves of a given frequency.

So we’re referring to the use of computer technology.
But organizations, big and small, have been using computer technology for decades. If this is what we mean with ‘digital’, then why do organizations spend so much time and effort in digital transformation?

So, the dictionaries are not enough for a full understanding of digital mean…

My research is the result of a careful consultation of the Treccani, Cambridge, Oxford dictionaries and

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