As businesses today face ever-increasingly competitive markets, many react by trying to leverage the new opportunities from digital technologies. In fact, the world is awash in digital technology offerings. But many businesses don\u2019t reap the anticipated ROI of their digital investments. Very few make real changes to a company\u2019s competitive situation, customer experience or employee experience. Why not?\nIt\u2019s because the company forgets to keep value in mind while implementing the digital project \u2014 and value can be considered only from the perspective of the experience of external customers and internal business users. When we\u2019re talking digital, \u201csimple\u201d and \u201ccomplete\u201d describe the value experience to customers. But simple and complete are really hard to do.\nLet\u2019s look at these two characteristics of really effective digital experiences.\n\nSimple \u2013 This means that it\u2019s obvious how to use the digital product or solution; it\u2019s easy to use and requiring little to know or learn in order to use it.\nComplete \u2013 This means that once the user goes through the app or procedure, there is nothing left to do. The user doesn\u2019t need to initiate a call to someone else or have to go to some other department in order to complete the experience.\n\nApple iPads are an example of a truly powerful digital experience. You can get an iBook immediately on your iPad, and it\u2019s ready to read. It\u2019s a simple, complete experience.\u00a0\nJust as you can\u2019t win a game of lawn croquet without propelling your ball through all the wickets, companies developing digital experiences must also go through all the design \u201cwickets\u201d to ensure value. Two of the digital \u201cwickets\u201d are the focus on making it simple and complete.\nConsider the money and the time Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple and other consumer products giants spend to make their products simple and complete. Digital technologies make things simple for users, but for the company developing products and solutions, it\u2019s hard to do. And expensive. But essential for ROI.\nWithout spending the time and money to go through the wickets for simple and complete, the end result will be ineffective in capturing the return on the digital investment. CIOs need to make sure a digital initiative creates changes to a company\u2019s competitive situation, customer experience or employee experience.