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What's Needed for Digital Transformation

April 06, 2017

We all by now have heard about digital transformation.

We know that applications, smartphones, the Internet, and all the information they provide have

• empowered customers,

• prompted different expectations for service,

• given rise to new business players that have disrupted entire industries, and

• created the potential for forward-looking organizations to become more efficient and effective.  

That said, it should come as no surprise that 67 percent of technology leaders say their top initiatives will involve digital transformation. And, according to a recent HPE survey, by next year digital transformation will be core to these companies’ IT strategies.

But because this is a whole lot for businesses to get their heads – and their hands – around, the digital transformation is going to take time. And, for most organizations anyway, it’s not going to lead to a wholesale change of their infrastructure or how they do things – at least not immediately.

Instead, it will happen over time and, in most cases, will involve a combination of cloud and on-premises architectures. But make no mistake about it, digital transformation requires businesses to make big changes in their cultures, infrastructure, talent acquisition, time-to-market schedules, and overall strategies.

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Speaking to the second point, Rich Einhorn of HPE Pointnext says digital transformation calls for the right mix of on-premises, managed infrastructure, and public cloud. Additionally, digital transformation calls for greater IT simplicity, speed to market, and trusted partner relationships.

HPE Pointnext also notes that containers and software-centric networks will enable organizations that adopt these technologies to have greater agility and expedite their time to market. It went on to illustrate that edge computing, meanwhile, will allow for faster response times to real-time events, which will be important in such applications as connected car.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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