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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…

Machine learning APIs for Google Cloud Platform

By G C Network | November 9, 2018

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is considered to be one of the Big 3 cloud platforms among Microsoft Azure and AWS. GCP is widely used cloud solutions supporting AI capabilities to design and develop smart models to turn your data into insights at a cheap, affordable cost. (The following excerpt is taken from the book ‘Cloud Analytics with…

What Is The Most Important Part of Architecture?

By G C Network | November 9, 2018

I always find it interesting to hear what people view architecture as. A lot of people think it’s just about the design aspect, where you get to put pen to paper and create a solution. Even more people think that it’s just about putting together different technical components in a server room. And these people…

Cloud migration best practice Part 4: Executing the migration

By G C Network | September 16, 2018

This series has stepped through cloud migration best practices. After providing an overview, we discussed: Classifying business-critical data. Updating organizational IT governance policies. Application screening and cloud workload selection. How to select the most appropriate target deployment environment. With all of that completed, it’s now time to select the right cloud service provider (CSP) and finally…

Cloud Migration Best Practice Part 3: Application Portfolio Analysis

By G C Network | September 16, 2018

In part three of this series on cloud migration best practice, I will focus on migrating the application itself. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read our recommendations from part two, “Classifying Your Data,” check it out — those activities are crucial to the decisions addressed in this installment. While many organizations are aggressively moving…

Why Use Immutable Storage?

By G C Network | September 11, 2018

Data has become a global currency, and its value has nowhere to go but up.  According to The Economist online, the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data. The volume and velocity of data creation are astounding, and some estimates say that something like a self-driving car can generate 100 gigabytes per…

CLOUD ACT: What Does That Mean for Your Cloud Storage

By G C Network | August 31, 2018

When Congress names a law after you, it’s getting serious.  That is where we are now with cloud computing.  The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act or CLOUD Act (H.R. 4943) is a United States federal law that amends the Stored Communications Act (SCA) of 1986.  This amendment allows federal law enforcement to compel U.S.-based technology companies…

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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