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The what, how, and why of IT transformation


Guest post by Bill Kleyman

As you take a step back and look at your own business, you'll notice a common theme: you're already in the midst of an IT transformation. But, before we go on—what does that actually mean? Today, we take a closer look at technology transformation and discuss the what, how, and why around these new trends. You'll see how new technologies are helping orchestrate the entire business and technology transformation process.

It's important to see that tech and infrastructure transformation is already changing the modern business, critical strategies, and support of new business initiatives. IDC recently pointed out that the adoption of social, mobile, analytics, next generation security, Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud technologies with measurable business value outcomes are all driving new digital strategies and tech transformation initiatives.

"As digitization alters the nature of business, competition, supply, and servicing operations, a growing number of organizations of all sizes and maturities will adopt elements of a digital strategy to create and/or maintain a brand, product, and operational advantage," said Michael Versace, research director, digital strategy research at IDC. "As more firms adopt digital strategies, consulting engagements must contain a larger digital strategy services capability."

IDC predicts that the proportion of "digital related" consulting engagements will gain speed, going from roughly half of all business and IT consulting engagements that took place throughout 2013–2015 to around 80 percent of all engagements by 2019. In turn, this would drive the total digital strategy services market to more than $97The_what_how_and_why_of_IT_transformation.jpg billion globally by 2019. Through all of this, IT transformation is driving the modern business. Most of all, these new technology solutions allow for business to be considerably more agile and efficient.

What IT transformation means for the enterprise

There's a lot of value in understanding how IT directly impacts the entire business, as well as in finding your right IT mix. Technology transformation works by unifying core business processes with the power of IT solutions, which include cloud infrastructure, operating models, and applications development. These tools align technology and organizational strategies to ensure complete alignment. Most of all, this transformational process allows companies to respond faster to quickly changing market trends. This change includes business leaders as well as IT champions within the organization. These teams collaborate to understand where they can align their goals and use IT as the direct enabler.

How transformation works

Once you understand what this IT transformation actually means, it's important to look at the IT initiatives that make it a possibility. Technology and infrastructure transformation absolutely involves cloud and all the cloud services this kind of infrastructure offers. Cloud computing allows organizations to create a strategic platform built around a business and technology transformation process.

Cloud infrastructure plays a critical role in helping an organization become a lot more agile. From there, the technology transformation revolves around creating a more efficient operating model. This means transforming the organization into an IT-ready business—capable of revolutionizing the entire corporate strategy. Finally, once cloud is established and the business strategy is aligned, it's time to focus on your key applications.

A major IT initiative revolving around transformational change encompasses the requirement to empower and accelerate application delivery and development, with 64 percent of companies reporting that mobile transformation is a top priority. New technologies revolving around automation and orchestration allow your apps to respond faster, be developed more effectively, and better support your business. IT transformation becomes a proactive process when automation and orchestration are involved, by involving both IT and the rest of the business.

For those organizations going through a digital shift, it's important to note that although cloud and application acceleration are certainly drivers, each enterprise is unique. More so, your organization may very well be at different stages of transformation. To create a successful journey into today's digital economy, your organization may require a custom approach to IT transformation.

Why it's critical to maintain competitive edge

If you want to stay competitive in today's market, you'll need to create your own tech transformation. As the tech adage goes, "Adapt or die"—but it's rapidly becoming "Transform or die." IDC reports that digital transformation will affect everything IT touches for the foreseeable future, and that the number of enterprises creating advanced digital transformation initiatives will more than double from today's 22 percent to almost 50 percent in 2020. What's more, enterprises in 2018 with transformation strategies will expand external data sources by at least 3–5 times—and increase delivery of data to market by 100 times or more.

Through automation and orchestration technologies, you tie in your business processes with the power of IT. You create a strategic platform capable of supporting new digital trends, mobility, IoT, and much more. This transformational process helps remove IT silos by ensuring that your technology platform helps enable your business. Most of all, a good technology transformation helps redefine user experiences and how they leverage key business resources, allowing IT to become a value creator for the enterprise.

Your IT environment is directly tied to the business, and IT executives must use new technologies to enable the overall organization and the very digitized end user. Orchestration and automation tools create repeatable business processes allowing the organization to be proactive and respond to dynamic market changes. In creating IT transformation, you create an IT and business process that directly drives business results.

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Judy-Anne Goldman
About the Author


My work at HPE gives me a way to share my passion for emerging technology. I love connecting people to innovation, and sharing stories that help others engage with and understand the world around them. I'm a digital nomad, often found traveling with my micro companion KC, a 10-pound mini Dachshund.