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Challenges and Benefits on the Path to Digital Transformation

January 13, 2017

The road to digital transformation can be fraught with dangerous curves, roadblocks and stalled vehicles. Wholesale technology and network infrastructure overhaul doesn’t simply happen overnight, and there are challenges, complexities and a great number of components involved in achieving the digital transformation.

According to research from Progress Software 62 percent of enterprise decision-makers believe their company is in denial about the need for a digital transformation. A whopping 86 percent believe they are on deadline to make that transformation within the next two years or they will begin to lose out to their more aggressive and digitally savvy competitors. And sadly, 59 percent are concerned they are already too late when it comes to digital transformation.

Complexity is a major part of the equation, with today’s technology and network infrastructure encompassing so many different areas. Embarking on the digital transformation involves IT overhaul of mobile applications, cloud migration, security, disaster recovery and business continuity, upgrading or removal of legacy systems, customer facing applications and an overhaul of core infrastructure design – for starters.

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In many cases, an organization may be holding itself back when it comes to transforming network infrastructure and embracing the digital age. The phenomenon of organizational silos, serious divisions within a company, is a major barrier to change. Different departments are simply resistant to any sort of change that will impact their budgets, planning and standard operating procedures. And in order for digital transformation to be successful, departments need to work with IT from planning to deployment.

Decision-makers and IT departments need to work to break down these silos, or risk falling far behind competitors in the race to digital transformation. Careful communication, planning, budgeting and demonstrations can go a long way toward getting traditionally “non-technical” departments and personnel on board with company-wide technology changes.

The process may be a lengthy and complicated one, but the results of digital transformation will be rewarding for any business. The alternative is to fall behind competitors and risk losing time, money and innovation because of outdated network infrastructure and an outdated mindset.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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