Consider this: Every organization—no matter the size and scale of operations—is on a digital transformation journey. The power and potential of a business-first approach to digital has captured the attention of every business owner. Businesses are no longer tied to brick-and-mortar locations, and the scale of digital operations can turn a small startup to global enterprise in a matter of months. All it takes is an IT department with a singular focus on the future and a roadmap to digital success.
If it were only that easy, right?
Mapping a successful digital transformation can be challenging for even the most enthusiastic entrepreneur. It’s important to know where to start, when to stop, and how to get to the next step. That’s why we have drafted a point-of-view paper that helps organizations understand the complexities behind mapping a successful digital transformation journey. Our paper further highlights, “In the era of digital business, the barrier between the physical and virtual blurs at a rapid pace as they intertwine to provide a seamless experience. This shift in the industry landscape is driven by the invention, evolution and convergence of many groundbreaking digital technologies such as cloud, mobility, predictive analytics, social media, connected devices (popularly known as the Internet of Things),”.
Where to focus, when planning your transformation
Maintaining a competitive edge: That’s why most businesses embark on a digital transformation journey. But because most of these businesses were built in a very different environment than their newer, more digitally conversant competitors, it’s of primary importance to develop a sound digital business strategy. Building on the foundation of that strategy depends upon a solid IT infrastructure. And that takes planning.
The whitepaper examines the following impact areas, fundamental to designing a sound IT infrastructure strategy:
- End-user devices—Dramatic increases in the number of end-user devices raises the stress on an organization’s IT infrastructure, making it essential to have an IT framework in place to manage, monitor and secure these devices to optimize performance.
- Enterprise storage—Digitalization will have a paramount impact on storage. Data capture, storage capacity and retrieval requirements will all need to grow exponentially.
- Enterprise computing—There’s no denying the Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us. These interconnected devices will need to be supported; creating a huge demand for complex, real-time processing of both structured and unstructured data.
- Networking—Downtime is the death knell of the digital business. Stresses on traditional infrastructure, such as electricity and Internet access will require digital business to invest in a strong, secured network capable of transmitting, receiving and processing vast quantities of real-time data without loss of integrity.
- Security—The most critical of these five areas. Granting stakeholders direct access to their specific data makes the infrastructure vulnerable to cyber attacks. Security systems must be designed to effectively identify, classify and remove threats.
The Dell Services Approach
Digital business is a reality. “Enterprises of all sizes and shapes are already carefully evaluating digital technologies and how they would impact their value chain”. So it is of the utmost importance that organizations plan for a future-ready IT infrastructure. To succeed, they need to implement the right partner model, which allows business units to benefit from an entire range of expertise and services.
At Dell Services, we work with our customers to help transform their IT function into a full-service digital enterprise. We take a business-first approach, providing strategic insight that is focused on the individual capability of each business. This helps ensure that every dollar invested in IT, every resource allocated, and every application developed is working toward meeting specific business goals.
With a firm focus on business outcomes, and a keen eye trained on these five guideposts, Dell Services can help you succeed in your digital transformation.
The possibilities in the realm of digital business are limitless. Advancements in digital technologies have empowered organizations with three unprecedented abilities: massive scale, unparalleled speed and heterogeneity. Consequently, barriers to enter markets are disrupted, leading to organizations losing their competitive edge and, often risking their survival. Thus, it is essential that companies of all shapes and sizes understand the implication of digital transformation on their business models and plan their future appropriately. This paper discusses five impact areas of IT infrastructure that organizations should carefully evaluate and plan for in their digital transformation.