Digital transformation is a phrase that gets bandied around a lot these days and it’s become a catch-all term to refer to any project designed to modernise the technology your business is using.
Often, businesses spend a considerable amount of money on digital transformation, but many run into problems along the way. Understanding potential issues are essential if your project is to run smoothly.
A recent article for Network World pointed to research from Cato Networks, which found that one of the problems is with IT networks and the existing network being unable to provide the level of cloud access or access for mobile users that are required.
The news provider noted that, nowadays, IT networks need to “provide performance and security to the cloud and mobile users – both hallmarks of digital initiatives”. However, what the research discovered was that the majority of the IT professionals surveyed had lower confidence in their networks post-digital transformation than before.
One of the reasons for this is that delivering new digital initiatives highlights the problems with existing networks and uncovers issues.
An article for IT Pro Portal highlighted another potential issue that businesses can run into during a digital transformation. It identified data as a stumbling block, particularly if the data a company holds “isn’t consistent, comprehensive and accurate”.
It explained that digital transformations should be about enabling employees to find “the right data when they need it”. Given the ever-increasing amounts of data being generated by our daily lives as well as in a business context, it’s more important than ever for firms to get on top of this.
Failing to take stock of your data and ensure that it is properly organised and catalogued can mean that digital transformation projects run into a host of problems, the news provider revealed.
These include not creating the right foundation to enable advanced data analytics, preventing seamless cloud data migration, failing to deliver a holistic customer-centric experience and falling short in the areas of data governance and privacy.
This means that data management should be front and centre of any digital transformation strategy to ensure that all the elements of the project are effective and deliver benefits to your organisation once they’re rolled out.
The news provider cited comments in a report from Eckerson Group, which stated: “Managing data in today’s world without a data catalogue is ill-advised and impractical. We’re moving rapidly to an era where communication, collaboration and crowdsourcing are the mainstays of data management.”
Meanwhile, a recent post for Forbes suggested that one of the reasons why businesses aren’t seeing the desired outcome from their digital transformation activities is that they’re approaching them with the wrong mindset.
Writing for the news provider, Amit Zavery said that digital transformation should be viewed as “a way of operating” rather than a one-off project to deliver.
He added that the aim of digital transformation should be “to achieve an ongoing state of IT agility that lets an enterprise continually adapt to changes in customer preference and marketplace dynamics”.
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