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Are you Really, Ready for Digital Transformation? Really? Really?

By Eli Sabatier

Before we get to the true topic of this article, let me ask you this. What did you do this morning to get ready for work? Aside from the usual—shower, brush your teeth, eat breakfast—I can almost guarantee you that you accessed numerous apps on your smartphone, laptop, tablet, or other device. You may have checked and responded to a few emails, perhaps read a few posts on Twitter or LinkedIn, maybe you even interacted with a few IoT devices such as a camera, alarm system, or thermostat.

So why this question? It represents everything that we all do all day long: interact with data. And if that’s the case, and we all create and consume data all day long, it means that the business world is doing the same—but on a far greater scale. And with digital transformation being at the heart of all of this, where does it leave IT in the digital mix?

You see, when discussing the modern digital landscape, the focus almost always turns to the end-user experience and the subsequent creation of revolutionary apps, omnichannel engagement, and so on. In the corporate world, CEOs and CMOs right now are battling it out in boardrooms somewhere, arguing over the creation of the ideal and greatly desired customer experience—all in an almost philosophical manner. But rarely—not until the rubber must meet the proverbial road—does IT infrastructure ever come into the conversation, at least, not in a pragmatic and realistic way.

So this is where I ask the question for the IT professionals out there who truly understand the hardware and infrastructure implications of an otherwise pseudo-philosophical topic. Are you really, ready for digital transformation? Really? Really?

Because, within all of the great ideas surrounding digital transformation, the resulting need for speed and processing power—and the associated need for new hardware in the data center—is usually addressed long after the decision to be “digital” is made.

And whether it be storage and servers, switches, routers, fibre optics—the list goes on—all of this infrastructure is what is really needed to make digital transformation happen. For instance, when you consider the essence of digital transformation, the end result is and always will be more and more data. This is the moment of truth for many organizations: where and how will the organization handle all this information?

And as this data grows to never-before-seen proportions, the bandwidth required to manage this data becomes increasingly critical. This is why optical networking infrastructure has also become so important.

But that’s not where this all ends. Say an organization has all of the app-based aspects of the digital experience wrapped up—meaning dev-ops has done its job and created the next big thing to catapult the business into the new millennium. Pair that with IT being ready with infrastructure, networking, storage, and a full hybrid model to ensure all applications are running at peak performance at all times. Great, right?

But have you secured it? Considering that, just this week, Capital One announced a breach that led to the discovery that more than 30 other companies had suffered the same fate, what does that say about trust in cybersecurity initiatives?

My point in all of this is that digital transformation and ubiquitous connectivity are not only here, they are here to stay. And with that, the need to plan IT infrastructure and the security surrounding that infrastructure is as important as the front-end experience; without one, the other can’t exist.

Digital transformation is here, and it will continue to be the single biggest business driver in the history of business. Consumers want more and more every day, and their voices are being heard loud and clear.

 

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