Digital transformation isn’t a dash – it’s a marathon

Just like a 26.2 mile race, transformation is a test of endurance that takes a lot of preparation, planning, skill and fine-tuning.

Why do enterprises want to digitally transform? There are so many reasons, from improved efficiency, higher productivity and lower operating costs to better security and governance. Not to mention greater business resilience – we’ve all experienced how important that is over the last two years.

Consider Gartner’s definition of a transformational outcome: “… one that uses new technologies and paradigms to meet or improve upon business objectives. If building a cloud-native solution results in a significantly improved or new KPI — such as revenue, margin, customer satisfaction and retention — then the outcome is transformational.”

Here are a few ways we see digital transformation shaping up in 2022:

Becoming a Cloud Native Enterprise

For some organizations, their cloud adoption approach is purely IT-driven. It often entails migrating away from on-premises data centers for cost takeout reasons. Other enterprises go at it from a business experimentation perspective – with one or more business units taking the leap to the cloud. 

But an enterprise cannot be truly cloud native if it’s just one or the other. Building and innovation must come together as parallel activities and include the transformation of technology and culture. 

Taking Migration, Modernization + Management to the Next Level

This is the year enterprises need to improve the way in which they approach the big three areas of running cloud… migration, modernization and management. 

By using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to automate basic underlying tasks of cloud migration and modernization, significant time and cost will be eliminated and innovation will happen faster and in a big way. As for cloud management, it needs to be incorporated into professional services rather than operated as a traditional service. Think of a DevOps structure where innovation and operation are blended to enable optimization and cost savings.

Getting Closer to the Edge

We’ve recently  seen an explosion of new applications and use cases for edge computing. Out of necessity, organizations have had to connect their remote workforces to critical business applications. Manufacturers are relying more and more on IIoT devices like robots and cameras – embedded with compute capabilities – to collect and process data that can be used immediately for purposes such as recalibrating machines. In healthcare, edge computing is used for in-hospital patient monitoring and right-time notification of care providers.

Over the next year, as more edge devices are introduced along with the rollout of 5G and Amazon Outposts (an on-premises ITaaS platform that acts as a hybrid cloud), we predict an increase in the creation of next generation application architectures and large scale adoption across many industries.

Cloudreach Digital Transformation Services

Cloudreach offers consulting services to help you along your digital transformation marathon – whether you’re at the starting gate, at the midpoint, or beyond the finish line.

Learn more about our SMART MigrationTM, SMART ModernizationTM and SMART ManagementTM solutions.