IT Modernization Plays a Key Role in Achieving Digital Transformation
Organizations worldwide have embraced digital transformation (DX) initiatives to gain greater agility and competitive advantages. These initiatives have accelerated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as organizations rely more on mobile, cloud, big data and collaboration technologies to streamline their operations and deliver products and services.
In the rush to DX, however, many organizations are putting the cart before the horse. To capitalize on the benefits of emerging technologies, they must first modernize the underlying IT infrastructure to support increasingly complex systems, applications and cloud services. Otherwise, IT performance problems increase as workloads grow in complexity, and the organization is unable to achieve the expected benefits of the DX initiative.
Traditional network architectures rely upon rigid technologies that require manual, box-by-box administration. Industry analysts agree that IT must move to new infrastructures that enable flexible, policy-based administration and automation of routine tasks. This enables organizations to free up resources and achieve new levels of speed, efficiency, scale and cost-effectiveness.
The DX Journey
DX is more than just using new technologies to automate business processes. It requires organizations to rethink how they use technology to create value for customers and respond to changing market conditions.
According to a recent study of 4,000 IT decision-makers conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), DX can drive a number of bottom-line benefits that enable business differentiation, innovation and growth. ESG found that transformed organizations are 22 times more likely to be ahead of the competition when bringing new products and services to market, 18 times more likely to make better and faster decisions, and twice as likely to exceed their revenue goals.
According to ESG, the starting point for DX is the modernization of data center technologies. Transformed organizations take a software-defined approach to compute, networking and storage and utilize scale-out platforms to meet growing capacity demands. They use automation and orchestration wherever possible to streamline resource provisioning and configuration changes.
More importantly, transformed organizations believe in tight business and IT alignment. IT leaders almost always report directly to the organization’s executive team, making it easier for IT to understand and contribute to business strategy. IT services are delivered in a cloud-like model for cost transparency, efficiency and responsiveness. Business units regularly assess IT outcomes for effectiveness.
How SirviS Can Help
IT systems are no longer just business tools — they are the prime movers of business. Digital transformation can help organizations become more agile to stay competitive and drive growth. However, DX begins with a strategy for modernizing the IT environment, and many organizations lack the resources needed to develop a well-defined plan.
In a recent study conducted by Teneo Research, 40 percent of technology leaders said their teams do not have the skills needed to fully meet their organizations’ IT modernization requirements. More than 75 percent said they plan to rely more on trusted partners that can provide infrastructure services.
With years of experience in IT infrastructure design, the experienced engineers at SirviS can help prepare for the process. We partner with VARs, systems integrators and MSPs to conduct a thorough assessment of the customer’s environment and identify where improvements are needed. We can then assist in the design and architecture of a new network infrastructure, and handle implementations and upgrades across geographically dispersed data center facilities.