How to Revitalize Your Business with a Digital Transformation

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There’s a very real shift happening with the business world today. The amount of data we’re processing and storing continues to rise and new concerns around staying relevant and innovating are at all-time highs. The fast digitization of the world has created new services, new applications, and a lot more data to manage. It’s critical to see just how far we’ve come and where current spend is trending. Consider this, global spending on IaaS was expected to rise to almost US$16.5 billion in 2015, an increase of 32.8 percent from 2014, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2019 forecast at 29.1 percent, according to Gartner’s latest forecast. This means that organizations are finding great ways to connect their on premise ecosystem with the cloud.

As your business grows and adopts new strategies – you will have to find ways to accelerate innovation. But what is stopping your company from innovating? Are you stuck in the world of fast-paced digital transformations? Remember, if your innovation isn’t moving forward, you need to discover what’s stopping you. And, if you don’t have an optimized system, you can’t accelerate innovation. Finally, without a good data center and IT ecosystem, you won’t be able to stay competitive in a market built around innovation. So, what can you do?

Join the digital transformation and become an innovation powerhouse.

  • Leveraging the digital disruption. Data is your friend. You can find out so much around your applications, user experiences, and where this is impacting your business. The digital transformation greatly revolves around your ability to better use and understand the data which flows through your data center. By leveraging the digital disruption, you begin to impact your users, your business, and your strategic outcomes. Use management tools to help you better understand performance levels, where resources are being utilized, and how to optimize your business and your IT capabilities. Furthermore, analytics tools allow you deep visibility into application performance, user access, and even where mobile devices and IoT are being leveraged. One of the most important steps in creating a digital transformation is to first understand what components are connecting into your environment. Consider this a digital exploration of your business. From there, you can leverage digital tools (cloud, virtualization, automation, and more) to create competitive advantages.
  • Incorporating automation and orchestration. As you begin to map your business and allow it to run much more intelligently, you can absolutely incorporate automation and orchestration into the mix. Business and IT are tied at the hip. This means that modern automation tools allow you to combine your business with the IT process. If you’re deploying new applications or are onboarding large amounts of new users – automating the entire process by provisioning resources and aligning the organization absolutely lead to business innovation. You use these tools to respond to the market faster.
  • Agility leads to innovation. Your ability to respond to user and business changes directly impacts your ability to innovate and progress. Your data center and supportive tools must be able to adopt new technologies and support the modern digital transformation. This means supporting mobility, cloud, virtualization, security, and user optimization. By being able to respond to business demands more efficiently – you’re able to help your organization innovate faster. Most of all, you have better capabilities of scaling into cloud environments.
  • Software is a powerful tool. The intelligence of your data center and supportive technologies now allow you to innovate at the pace of software. This means dynamic provisioning and de-provisioning of resources, as well as the granular control of critical applications. Scaling between physical environments allows you to support virtual applications, desktops, and rich user experiences. The combination of core resources, which are then managed at the software layer, allows for granular control of the entire environment.

Moving forward, business will need to take a step back and understand the full impact of today’s technological landscape. This means understanding how technology acts as a direct tool and enabler around the modern business. Most of all – these tools help you stay agile during this digital transformation age and allow your business to truly innovate. Your ability to stay agile directly revolves around the capabilities of IT. Concepts around security, mobility, cloud services, and even convergence will all need to be taken into consideration to create a business capable of keeping up with market demands.

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Bill Kleyman

Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies

Bill is an enthusiastic technologist with experience in datacenter design, management, and deployment. His architecture work includes large virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Bill enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues around everything that is technology. During the day, Bill is the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, where he interacts with enterprise organizations and helps align IT strategies with direct business goals. Bill’s whitepapers, articles, video blogs and podcasts have been published and referenced on InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Data Center Knowledge, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and many others. Most recently, Bill was ranked #16 in the Onalytica study which reviewed the top 100 most influential individuals in the cloud landscape, globally.

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