Transformation Innovation

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Transformation Network

By pwsadmin | May 15, 2021

The Achilles heel of every transformative business model is their reliance on ever increasing amounts of data that need to be transported quickly across wide area networks and processed at…

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Essential Characteristics of Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | May 15, 2021

Hybrid IT blends traditional datacenters, managed service providers, and cloud service providers to deliver the necessary mix of information technology services. This IT consumption model enables a composable infrastructure which…

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Transformation Innovation

By pwsadmin | May 15, 2021

4 Factors Driving Digital Transformation ROI The critical assessment factors for cloud ROI risk probability are the following:      Infrastructure utilization Speed of migration to cloud Ability to scale business/mission processes…

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Transformation Frameworks

By pwsadmin | May 15, 2021

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…

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Transformation Infrastructure

By pwsadmin | September 26, 2020

Hybrid IT enables a composable infrastructure which describes a framework whose physical compute, storage, and network fabric resources are treated as services. Resources are logically pooled so that administrators need…

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Essential Characteristics of Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 25, 2020

A survey of 2,000 executives conducted by Cognizant in 2016 identified the top five ways digital transformations generate value:      Accelerating speed to market      Strengthening competitive positioning      Boosting revenue growth      Raising…

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Embrace Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 22, 2020

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…

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Computer Vision Advances Zero-Defect Manufacturing

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

by Kevin L. Jackson Electronics manufacturers operate in a challenging environment. It’s hard enough to keep up with the ever-accelerating rate of change in the industry. Now customers want increasingly…

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Real-Time Analytics Power the Roadway of the Future

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

By Kevin L. Jackson The complexities of citywide traffic are pushing the limits of existing transportation management systems. Outdated infrastructure is based on proprietary, single-purpose subsystems, making it costly to…

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Thriving on the Edge: Developing CSP Edge Computing Strategy

By pwsadmin | March 6, 2020

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are facing significant business model challenges. Referred to generally as edge computing, the possibilities introduced by the blending of 5G networks and distributed cloud computing technologies are…

4 Factors Driving Digital Transformation ROI

The critical assessment factors for cloud ROI risk probability are the following:     

  • Infrastructure utilization
  • Speed of migration to cloud
  • Ability to scale business/mission processes
  • Quality delivered by the new cloud-based process 

These four factors directly drive digital transformation ROI because they affect revenue, cost, and the time required to realize any investment return. Differences between actual and projected values in these metrics indicate a likely failure to achieve the desired goals.

Although business alignment is always a primary digital transformation drive, ROI remains a key decision component. This metric should, however, be addressed from multiple vantage points to include cloud workload utilization, workload size versus memory/processor distribution and the virtual hardware instance to physical asset ratio. 

Value delivered through innovation should also be part of the business value calculation. Value can be delivered through operational cost reductions, optimization of resource capacity, and a reduced total cost of ownership. Business process time reductions, product quality improvements and customer experience enhancements are also useful outcomes.

Security Controls

Business/mission model changes can also introduce operational risk. Acceptance of these risk are based on executive risk tolerance. Their risk mitigation decisions result in the implementation of security controls. A control will restrict a list of possible actions down to what is allowed or permitted by the organization. Encryption, for example, can be used to restrict the unauthorized use of data.

The security control continuum extends over three categories:         

  • Management (administrative) controls: policies, standards, processes, procedures, and guidelines set by corporate administrative entities (i.e., executive to mid-level management)         
  • Operational (and physical) controls: operational security (execution of policies, standards and process, education, and awareness) and physical security (facility or infrastructure protection)
  • Technical (logical) controls: Access controls, identification and authentication, authorization, confidentiality, integrity, availability, and non-repudiation 

They also encompass the following types:

  • Directive controls: often referred to as administrative controls, advise employees of the behavior expected of them during their interfaces with or use of information systems
  • Preventive controls: include physical, administrative, and technical measures that preclude actions that violate policy or increase the risk to system resources
  • Deterrent controls: use warnings and a description of related consequences to prevent security violations
  • Compensating controls: Also called an alternative control, a mechanism that is put in place to address security requirements deemed impractical to implement
  • Detective controls: Refer to the use of practices, processes, and tools that identify and possibly react to security violations
  • Corrective controls: involves physical, administrative, and technical measures designed to react to a security-related incident in order to minimize the opportunity for an unwanted event to reoccur
  • Recovery controls: restore the system or operation to a normal operating state once integrity or availability is compromised 

The costs associated with the implementation of any security control should be weighed against the value gained from digital transformation business/mission process improvements.

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