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Cloud Computing Evolves: An Interview with Mats Johansson

By G C Network | June 6, 2019

Recently, Ericsson Digital released an amazing report on Edge Computing and 5G. In it, they explained how distributed cloud computing is paving the way for the future of network communications. They also advised telecommunications operators, not to wait for 5G but they should build tomorrow’s networks today! Given the cost, effort and focus such a commitment…

The IoT Nexus: Bosch Connected World 2019 in Berlin

By G C Network | May 11, 2019

Next week, I will be influencing #LikeABosch as I accept an invitation from the company to attend Bosch ConnectedWorld 2019 (BCW19) in Berlin, Germany. This is one of the world’s largest international forums for the Internet of Things (IoT) and brings together the best minds to energize the co-creation of connected products and solutions invented for life. The conference,…

Survive and Thrive With Digital Transformation

By G C Network | April 17, 2019

First cloud computing then multi-cloud. How can we get ahead of this digital transformation nightmare? These are the laments heard in conference rooms and board meeting around the world. While the goal seems simple, adopting and migrating to a cloud service provider requires much more than executive willingness and a sharp IT organization. A lot…

The “George Jetson” of Today

By G C Network | April 13, 2019

He grew up in Silicon Valley, landed his first job at Apple Computers, was introduced to Nobel Prize winners by his dad and today, he takes a self-driving car to work so that he can squeeze in a few morning conference calls with the US east coast Team. Is this George Jetson!? No. It’s just…

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…

Digital transformation necessitates changes in an organization’s operational processes. According to Harvard, a focus on operations can lead to business process optimization and entirely new revenue streams. Three common routes for this are the following:     

  • Robotic process automation (RPA) which uses artificial intelligence to automate routine activities     
  • Remote worker enablement that uses workspace virtualization and advanced visualization technologies     
  • Performance management decision making based on real-time data that delivers deeper insights into customers, products, and operational regions 

An important component of operational change is gaining a better understanding of your end customer. By observing and recording the digital footprint of consumers, information can be accumulated on customers, processes, organizations, and devices.

Since customers and businesses are increasingly active and identifiable online, organizations can operationally leverage digital marketing tools to personalize their product and service promotions, with the goal of increasing customer loyalty.

Digitize Products and Services  

Organizations today increasingly realize they can no longer focus on just selling products; they need to sell an experience.

Advanced digital technology, powered by a Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC Stack) that is informed by sensors, can improve business processes in several ways.

For example, big data analytics can help inbound logistics run more smoothly by tracking product movements; the cloud can be used to create uniform business processing platforms; and mobile platforms can enable employees to perform their work anytime, anywhere, on any device.

With value chains increasingly integrated among businesses, organizations can become part of a larger ecosystem, enabling them to offer end-to-end services to their customers.

Organizations can either shape and orchestrate an ecosystem themselves and provide a significant number of products and services, or focus on a niche service that adds value to the customer experience and becomes part of an already existing ecosystem. 

Collaboration Is Key

Digital collaboration today stretches beyond the borders of the organization, with communities co-creating products or services, and customers providing opinions and suggestions for product improvements through online forums.

Organizations operate with a familiar legacy perspective of customers, processes, metrics, business models, and technology, believing that it remains the solution to digital relevance. Individual groups recognize the strength in collaboration as their research, work, and shared insights contribute to new strategic road maps that plan for digital transformation ownership, efforts, and investments.

A dedicated digital transformation team forms to guide strategy and operations based on business and customer-centric goals. The new infrastructure of the organization takes shape as roles, expertise, models, processes, and systems to support transformation are solidified.

According to the research, understanding the six stages of digital transformation maturity will lead to the following business benefits:    

  • Customization of the maturity model to inform specific road map development     
  • Peer company benchmarking     
  • Executive alignment and buy-in     
  • Bolster sense of urgency     
  • Future marketing trend insights     
  • Prioritize digital transformation initiatives     
  • Set a new vision, course, and platform for leadership     
  • Develop new models, processes, and a purpose for technology and the future of work 

Organizations should adopt and use one of the many digital transformation frameworks to manage the process of creating a digital business strategy.

Read more about digital transformation and transformation frameworks: grab a copy of my new book, Click to Transform

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