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Broad Scale Approach Vital to Digital Transformation


January 19, 2017

The process of digital transformation is massive, mountainous even. To approach this daunting but rewarding undertaking as a one-time project with temporary disruptions and inconveniences would be to fail to understand how complex and comprehensive an endeavor it is. And yet that’s how many companies few the migration path to transforming their network architectures, often to their detriment.

By adopting a broader view of the digital transformation process, organizations can avoid some of the pitfalls of short-sighted and short-term planning. A recent blog post from Fiber Mountain, a company that specializes in transforming network infrastructure and architectures, discusses some of the benefits and impacts of an incremental approach to digital transformation, from the data center out to the end users.

By getting in at the ground level, businesses can ease some of the pain points of digital transformation, both from a cultural and infrastructure perspective. Each company will have its own unique approach to the process, and even if a large-scale network redesign is part of that approach, it’s important for companies to set up ongoing operational processes and procedures to ensure a smooth and incremental transition throughout the entire organization.

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“To succeed long term, your initial massive project must be followed by ongoing tweaks and course corrections,” writes Anthea Strezze, marketing coordinator at Fiber Mountain. “Other organizations will choose a more incremental approach to digital transformation. This can be very effective – or it can become a black hole for your budget!”

This incremental approach may be useful since each step will offer important data and metrics about overall project success and implementation. Approaching the process in stages also opens up the risk of reinforcing silos among individual teams and departments as well as creating unwanted redundancies. Fiber Mountain suggests appointing a navigator to manage the entire process throughout the organization to ensure disparate projects are aligned with common business goals and core operational processes.

Fiber Mountain strives to make the digital transformation process easier by utilizing the principles of NFV and SDN to transform data center networks. The company’s Glass Core solution is a virtual connectivity fabric, offering integrated hardware and software and enabling intelligent Layer 1 SDN switching over high-density optical connectivity. The result is web-sale networking speeds and agility and a flexible implementation process that is attractive to companies embarking on the digital transformation journey.



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