Albert Einstein said it best, “Nothing happens until something moves.” It Is a universal truth that is evident all around us. There is a natural flow that moves throughout the universe, creating and shaping our future. Life is dependent on motion. There is more life and energy in the fast flowing river than in the stationary waters of a stagnant one. Todays’ life counselors tell us that the things we cling to are the things that are holding us back in life. Even in the classic zombie apocalypse story line, the main characters often express the common mantra that “movement is life.” As the old fable says, In Africa, whether you are a lion or a gazelle, when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.

Digital Transformation and Ideas

No this is not an essay concerning your existentialistic journey in 2019. It is about your company, your enterprise, and the digital transformational movement that companies are currently undertaking in order to maximize their competitiveness, and in the end, profitability. Digital transformation is about embedding technologies into nearly every aspect of our organization and connecting it to the cloud. Why? So we can accelerate the velocity of creating ideas and turning them into innovating solutions that will

  • Maximize our company’s reach
  • Further solidify relationships with our customers
  • Disrupt the performance of our competitors

Meg Whitman, CEO of HPE (2011-2017), puts it all in laymen’s terms:

“We’re now living in an Idea Economy where success is defined by the ability to turn ideas into value faster than your competition.”

Ideas are everywhere, and all of them are useless with the absence of action. Ideas alone have no intrinsic value unless accompanied by the necessary movement needed to implement them. If you are an IT manager, this truth is evident where you work today in the form of Shadow IT. The candor of Shadow IT is awkwardly apparent in so many organizations today. If internal IT can’t provide the ideas in the time window that your company needs, then the business units that reside within the organization will go elsewhere, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The Race is On

Business and IT leaders are intensely focused on digitally transforming their organizations, a recurrent digital evolutionary process that is a race. Like the space race of the late 50’s, those that are able to transform their business processes and services first will be able to leverage great strategic advantages over their competitors. If you don’t think your competitors aren’t vigilantly partaking in this endeavor, think again. A 2016 Gartner survey of CEOs and senior business executives showed that half of them expect their industries to be substantially or unrecognizably transformed by digital technology. In a MIT study conducted in 2015 a business leader responded “We’ve realized that if we don’t transform the way we do business, we’re going to die.

“Cloud-first strategies are the foundation for staying relevant in a fast-paced world,” says Ed Anderson, research vice president at Gartner. It is this strive for relevancy to the cloud that Gartner says is influencing more than $1 trillion in spending by 2020. The cloud brings innovation and unbridled agility to your organization. By incorporating the cloud, your organization does not have to succumb to the static technology that resides in your datacenter. Of course not every workload is made for the cloud. Companies will continue to maintain on premise technologies for such issues as security compliances and application latency. The result is a Hybrid IT enterprise that incorporates both on premise and cloud technology into a single conglomerative environment. Instead, managers can pursue solutions wherever they may reside, matching each workload with the appropriate technology, location and performance level.

Business and IT leaders are aware of the strategic advantages of incorporating Hybrid IT into their enterprise architecture in order to fulfill their digital transformation objectives. In a recent survey, 98 percent of respondents agreed that companies can only succeed in the long run by introducing digital technologies into their organizations. Despite the awareness of the fact however, 95 percent of them stated that their organizations are not ready for digital transformation.

Begin Your Digital Transformation Today

So what is holding you back? Is it your datacenter or a lack of direction? The first step in the digital transformation process is determining which applications justify migration to the cloud. This is a four step process that includes:

  • Discover
  • Plan
  • Migrate
  • Optimize

If Hybrid Clouds and architecture is new to you, don’t worry. The iQuate partner HPE has a group of consultants (Right Mix Advisors) that can assess your critical services, applications and infrastructure and how they can be best modernized to create the optimal right mix to maximize your workloads. Digital transformation is not an endpoint, its just the start of a journey that involves a migration in not only how you host services and applications, but how you think about the cohesion of business and technology as well. In order to start your journey however, one thing is required – you have to move.