With all of the hype surrounding digital transformation, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact its primary concern is the use of technology to solve bonafide business problems. It’s a way to analyze business needs and set objectives. It’s not just as simple as switching one service for another – the shift can take time.
The operational changes that come with digital transformation are quite significant, requiring a major mindset and skillset shift across your organization. All in all it’s about making improvements to futureproof your business. Let’s consider some of the ways companies can approach digital transformation.
Cloud Migration Is Essential
Cloud management and digital transformation go together like bread and butter. The truth is, if you don’t use a cloud, you cannot make digital transformation happen. How so? Well, the power of an organization lies in its data – its most valuable asset. For the most part, digital transformation is driven by moving that data from an on-premise server to a cloud solution.
Not only does this make data more accessible to those who need it on-demand – allowing them to make more data-driven operational decisions – it also makes their data more secure, scalable, and ultimately costs less to operate over the long run from a financial standpoint.
Better Cost Control
Fifteen years ago, companies transitioned en masse to on-premise server virtualization – a move which afforded more flexibility and better utilization of on-premise infrastructures. This was, at the time, quite revolutionary. Cloud brings the transformation to the next level.
Cloud platforms operate in the hyperscale model, thus companies no longer have to invest huge sums of capital expenditure to purchase servers that will cover their largest capacity needs – which may only be required a few times per year. This has changed the mindset even more, forcing organizations to question whether they even want to continue using on-premise data center infrastructure assets.
Now, businesses can choose to extend their resources ad hoc, on-demand to a cloud natively, as needed – paying for what they need, when it’s needed. In this respect, cloud computing is as much an exercise in cost control as it is an IT-driven endeavor.
Unlimited Business Asset Capacity
With hyperscale clouds, you also have unlimited server capacity — literally limitless virtual machines and/or native platforms at your disposal to run your applications and manage their data. Before virtualization conquered the data centers, companies had to buy-in that capacity, screw it into the data center racks, install and set it up, etc. That is a distant memory with compute clouds. The power is all there, waiting for you to use it.
For example, take a large company that needs to continuously deploy software. This is the perfect use case to illustrate the benefits of digital transformation. They become nimble, agile. They no longer need to wait for data center assets like racks and blade servers, to get things moving – they can get instant access to virtualized server hardware or cloud native platforms from a cloud. And when they’re done with it, they get rid of it – paying only when what they used – pure usage-based.
Thanks to the scalable nature of these services, businesses don’t have to dive in headfirst. Instead, they can test the waters, getting their feet wet, ensuring that their strategy is clear and that everything works as it should incrementally, before venturing further.
In today’s rapidly progressing digital world, things move fast. It’s almost impossible to know what will happen three, five or ten years from now, so businesses need to stay agile and be ready to adapt. This is exactly why their business goals must accommodate innovation – so companies can scale, move, and flex instantly when the need arises.
While cloud migration is vital longer term, a hybrid solution can work well for those making smaller shifts. It allows companies to retain their existing set up, and move some aspects of their infrastructure to a cloud, essentially giving them the best of both worlds; at least in the short term.
Sculpting Your Business’ Infrastructure
Digital transformation is like sculpting a piece of clay. Anyone can do it, but it takes a skilled sculptor to make it a work of art. If you give the right tools to the right person, you’ll get fantastic results.
However, ultimately, it’s a long term commitment, one that should be rigorously planned and designed before being deployed.