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MWC19: Where Telecommunications and Cloud Meet

By G C Network | March 23, 2019

As a cloud solution architect, my passion is learning the details about how cloud computing uniquely supports specific business cases. This curiosity is what drove my excitement when Ericsson invited me to work with them during Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. As the largest mobile event in the world, MWC Barcelona brings together the latest…

Tulane University SoPA Selects “Architechting Cloud Computing Solutions”

By G C Network | February 16, 2019

Last week, Packt Publishing announced that “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” by Kevin L. Jackson and Scott Goessling was selected for use by the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement, Applied Computing Systems & Technology Program as the textbook for their mandatory Enterprise Architecture – Hardware course starting Spring Semester 2019. I am proud and honored to be trusted by such a prestigious institution. Being an “Amazon…

5G Wireless Technology Connecting Healthcare

By G C Network | February 16, 2019

Healthcare is in the middle of massive change. Called digital transformation by many, this term describes the industry’s pursuit of the many promises offered by connected patients, connected caregivers, and connected hospitals. While the goals of this transformation are many and varied, a recent HIMAA Media survey revealed the top four as: Seeking improved quality of care…

Maria Lensing: The Network Platform for Healthcare’s Future

By G C Network | February 16, 2019

As a girl, Maria and her family traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to get cancer treatment for her sick brother. The miracle she observed, as the healthcare providers saved her brother’s life, ignited a passion for healthcare. Unfortunately, that passion didn’t apply to blood, so she went into electrical engineering and biomedical engineering, eventually falling in…

How “Big Iron” Does “Big Regulation”

By G C Network | January 10, 2019

According to Verizon, there were over there were over 53,000 security incidents in 2017, with over 2,200 of those identified as confirm data breaches. A Ponemon Institute study also showed that companies experiencing a data breach took an average of 147 days to detect that breach. These statistics serve a key motivator of Stuart McIrvine, Director…

Mainframe Synergies for Digital Transformation

By G C Network | January 10, 2019

In July  of 2018, Broadcom announced its intentions to acquire CA Technologies. In the press release, Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom, said: “This transaction represents an important building block as we create one of the world’s leading infrastructure technology companies. With its sizeable installed base of customers, CA is uniquely positioned…

2018 AT&T Business Summit: Security “in” and “of” the Cloud

By G C Network | November 10, 2018

While public cloud is undoubtedly an outsized piece of the conversation, news headlines of the latest data breach can make this move a very frightening proposition. The question of how to balance the downside of cloud computing risks with the upside of promising cost savings is, therefore, top of mind.  The dilemma becomes even more…

My Brush with Royalty: Queen Latifah

By G C Network | November 9, 2018

Queen Latifah! Hip Hop Icon. Movie Star. Television Star. Fashion Model. Songwriter. Producer. Entrepreneurial Genius!? YES! Dana Elaine Owens, her given name, is co-owner of Flavor Unit Entertainment, a firm that includes television and film production units, a record label and an artist management company. She has been managing herself since age 21 and within 2 years…

What’s New in Puppet 5?

By G C Network | November 9, 2018

Puppet 5 is released and comes with several exciting enhancements and features that promise to make configuration management much more streamlined. This article will take a comprehensive look at these new features and enhancements. Puppet 5 was released in 2017, and according to Eric Sorensen, director of product management at Puppet, the goal was to…

5 Reasons Why Ansible is the Best CM Tool Out There?

By G C Network | November 9, 2018

Amidst volatile markets, dynamic technology shifts, and ever-increasing customer demands, it is imperative for IT organizations to develop flexible, scalable and high-quality applications that exceed expectations and enhance productivity. A software application has numerous moving parts, which, if not effectively maintained, will definitely affect the final quality and end user experience. This is where configuration…

From a business perspective, differentiating business processes and quality customer service are central to overall success.

Business leaders must therefore clearly identify and measure how information technology contributes to the value of every key business process.

They must also know how to most cost effectively use IT when the task is merely the management of commodity operations.

Just focusing on infrastructure improvements may result in cost rationalization, but it can also obscure the impact and value of applications and business processes to the end customer.

Quality of service is always an essential ingredient in evaluating the business effectiveness—the elements of which are infrastructure, resources, activities, and services that span the entire business lifecycle.

Business leaders must embrace digital transformation because the right blend of cloud, managed services, and traditional privately run data centers will deliver the following:    

  • an ability to leverage economies of scale across the service ecosystem created by using multiple cloud service providers;     
  • an understanding of business value that expands the traditional financial values of the total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) by including  customer value, seller provider value, broker value, market brand value, corporate value, and the technical value of any investment;    
  • a wider view of technology’s impact on a business through the acceptance of a business as a portfolio of business processes that demand the use of portfolio management techniques;
  • an understanding of why business processes and their associated IT investments should be classified as differentiating based on IT, differentiating not based on IT, or not differentiating at all.

When viewed from this lens, digital transformation delivers business and mission value by doing these:

  • accelerating speed to market,     
  • strengthening competitive positioning,     
  • boosting revenue growth,     
  • raising employee productivity, and     
  • expanding the ability to acquire, engage, and retain customers. 

Success, however, requires these:

  • envisioning transformation as an economic and business process improvement revolution, not a technical one;      
  • relying on metric-driven goals and plans which are explicitly driven by the organization’s goals;     
  • ensuring organizational goals are compatible with cloud business enablers; and    
  • ensuring enablers support the overall business strategy and align with the available economic options for consuming cloud services.

Interested in reading more about digital transformation and the tools required for success? Pre-order my book, Click to Transform, coming this Saturday!

Article generated by AI in cooperation with Leaders Press based on “Click to Transform”

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