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Dedicated Team Integral to the Digital Transformation

January 13, 2017

The road to digital transformation and the overhaul of network infrastructure is a long and bumpy one, but road trips can be fun, especially when they’re group outings. The importance of having a dedicated team tasked with transforming infrastructure and helping an organization and its network infrastructure evolve is the key to success. How this team is assembled and how well they work as a group is vital to the process of digital transformation.

One of the main components of a successful digital transformation is to develop and retain a clear vision of company goals and objectives and what needs to happen to achieve them. And that means someone has to be the designated driver, whether it’s a senior executive or a specifically appointed digital team leader. This individual ensures the team is staying on track and meeting specific goals and deadlines according to pre-planned objectives, always keeping the organization’s core mission at the heart of the project. And a dedicated co-pilot is needed to pinpoint obstacles, opportunities and resources and ensure they are aligned appropriately with planning and goals.

The bulk of the digital transformation team is tasked with carrying out individual steps and goals as well as ensuring the whole process runs smoothly and integrates with existing operations. One of the most important components of transforming networking infrastructure and making the leap to the digital age is to ensure C-level executives are on board with the process. That means the transformation team must keep decision-makers involved, ensuring they understand all parts of the process and are involved in planning and goal setting. When top-level executives understand the financial and operational benefits of the transition as well as how it will impact everyday functions, they can better help facilitate change and acceptance on a broad scale.

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Of course the team is always the heart of any project and the engineers and architects will be at the core of digital transformation, drafting plans and procedures and implementing the actual processes necessary to transform networks and infrastructure. From the network to the data center to the business side of the project, these team players will play a vital role in getting things done and implementing changes on a broad scale.

Ultimately the digital transformation will impact all levels of business, whether they are technology-oriented or not. Business operations will be affected, and managers and decision-makers who are used to doing things a certain way may be resistant to change. One of the biggest tasks for digital transformation teams is to work with operations departments and demonstrate the benefits of upgrades and changes to all aspects of business operations. Once these departments realize the importance and benefits of infrastructure transformation, they can be valuable allies to the digital crew, helping smooth out transitions and playing a role in shaping the entire transformation.

The digital transformation process will undoubtedly be disruptive to all aspects of business. But by having a designated team in place to steer the project and ensuring each team member understands the goals, benchmarks and work involved in making the transformation a reality, companies can make the leap to the digital age as efficiently and economically as possible.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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