Servers & Systems: The Right Compute

Automation: a critical path toward digital transformation

Automation plays an important role in digital transformation. Learn why it’s the next wave in the digital journey and how HPE compute simplifies and automates management tasks.

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Today, organizations are increasingly evolving their edge-to-hybrid cloud IT estate in support of new business models and to unlock the agility, operational efficiency, and innovation potential presented by digital transformation.

Initially, organizations focused their digital transformation efforts around digitizing physical process to improve operational efficiency and support an improved customer experience by rapidly creating and deploying new applications into production. This led businesses to embrace public cloud due to the flexibility, agility and elasticity it offered versus their legacy infrastructure.

However, this wave of digital transformation has reached its peak as organizations have new requirements driven by the massive growth of data and the increase in hybrid cloud deployments. To stay competitive today, organizations must focus instead on workload-optimized technology to deliver the latency, flexibility, and performance needed to turn data into insights and innovations at the speed of business.

Why automation is critical

During the first wave of digital transformation, organizations were struggling because it was too expensive and complicated to administer their compute fleet to deliver the services they needed for their business. In a recent report, ESG states that 86% of respondents were under pressure to develop and launch new products and services faster for their business.1

With the focus on enabling the agility and speed of data from edge-to-core-to-cloud to power business for the next digital decade, organizations have to become far more agile and responsive to the rapidly changing market demands. This reality transforms not only how they conduct business but also the underlying IT infrastructure that supports it.

While the first wave of digital transformation was heavily driven by retail, financial services, and manufacturing, the next wave will prove to be much more pervasive. As organizations continue to mature their digital transformation initiatives and embrace automation, it is important to understand their goals for the future. In a recent C-suite survey by Forbes2, businesses exhibited far-reaching plans for these new digital investments:

  • 66% plan to augment a new workforce model with automation and increased use of AI
  • 70% plan to create completely new digital business models and revenue streams
  • 73% plan to build seamless data driven digital customer experiences
  • 74% plan to modernize and digitize operations to support next-gen operational models

While digital transformation initiatives encompass people, process, and technology, they also have a profound impact on the IT environment, creating complexity and tremendous pressure on IT operations. ESG reports that 64% of organizations say their IT environments are either more or significantly more complex than they were two years ago.3 This complexity will only continue to worsen as organizations continue down their digital transformation path, exceeding the ability of IT operations teams to manage these environments manually. Companies must begin to shift their approach toward a more automated approach.

By 2025, more than 90% of enterprises will have an automation architect, up from less than 20%.4 These individuals will be entrusted to guide their organization’s automation strategy, ensuring that automation is scalable to digital business needs, addressing use cases that align with business strategy. Leveraging automation within your infrastructure allows organizations to perform the most rote task quickly and efficiently.

Intelligent automation for hybrid cloud

The intelligence built into HPE compute simplifies and automates management tasks, establishing a solid foundation for an open, hybrid cloud platform enabled by composability. The HPE portfolio continues to support IT as organizations digitally transform their business to be more modern, responsive, and agile. We’ve built a new software-defined management plane that enables organizations to deploy, manage, and secure your compute fleet at scale, with as-a-service agility and a cloudlike experience.

With this new capability in combination with HPE intelligent automation—HPE stands ready to enable IT teams to automate and transform their operations with software-defined intelligence, policy-based templates, API integration, and the most advanced AI for infrastructure through the following server management solutions:

HPE Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) provides the core intelligence that supports server reporting, service alerting, and local or remote server management to quickly identify and resolve issues.

HPE OneView delivers an automated template-driven approach for deploying provisioning, updating, and integrating compute, storage, and network infrastructure.

HPE InfoSight for Servers provides continual AI-driven insights to server operations to predict and prevent problems before IT operations are impacted.

These technologies accelerate digital transformation with a holistic strategy across technology, hardware, software, and services. HPE intelligent automation improves operational efficiencies, speeds application deployment, and reduces costs through the introduction of agile operations, error reduction, and faster response times all while minimizing manual processes.

A partner for the journey ahead

 While infrastructure modernization and digital transformation is the necessary next destination—the journey is not an easy one. As organizations continue to embark on their digital transformation journeys, the time is now to embrace automation technology to ensure success.

Customers require a partner with expertise that only comes from decades of hard work and execution. A partner that delivers operational agility through workload optimized solutions, built on the best systems in the industry—with automation to deploy and manage from anywhere, on any device and at any scale you need them to with the ease of use, speed and value to accelerate business needs.

Only HPE can provide the intelligent automation your business requires to deliver your customers’ needs for the next digital decade. Whether you are just getting started or expanding to the next level of automation maturity, HPE has numerous ways to accelerate your journey with guidance, best practices, and technology.

Join us at Accelerating Next

The next wave of digital transformation is here, a new kind of compute is required—are you ready? Join technology industry leaders at Accelerating Next on April 21 at 8 am PDT and April 22 at 11 am SGT where we'll be discussing how HPE is transforming compute systems and solutions to become your new foundation for digital transformation.

Register for Accelerating Next, April 21, 8 am PDT

Register for Accelerating Next, April 22, 11 am SGT

Ruben Ramirez
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

[1] Source: ESG Master Survey Results, Trends in Modern Application Environments, December 2019.  

[2] Source: Forbes C-suite survey, Stats on Digital transformation, 2019 and 2020

[3] Source: ESG Master Survey Results, 2020 Technology Spending Intentions Survey, January 2020.

[4] Source: Gartner, Top 10 Trends Impacting Infrastructure & Operations, December 2019

About the Author


Ruben Ramirez is a WW Product Marketing Manager for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. As an experienced product marketing professional serving enterprise technology companies, Ruben excels at bringing new technologies to market, and helping to create compelling value propositions for customer business needs. Currently Ruben is responsible for bringing to market HPE composable infrastructure, and the world’s most secure industry standard server technologies.