To remain relevant in today’s highly competitive marketplace, digital transformation is no longer an option - it is requirement. To become fully digital, companies must dramatically increase the scope, scale and speed of their IT, while also staying in sync with their evolving business needs. This can be challenging, and many CIOs are struggling with the complex environment, higher costs, compliance and security issues, and the never-ending need for faster implementation and deeper insights.
First-rate performance in the digital age requires an versatile technology infrastructure that manages the complexities of a multi-cloud environment, embedded security and compliance policies, and deep business alignment. Best-in-class IT operations and the software partners that support them are developing their game plan based on six rules.
As companies increase the cadence of their digital offerings, they must integrate software development and IT operations. According to a survey by Gartner, up to 60% of companies are currently using, or plan to use a DevOps approach to build and install software. Modern IT organizations require software that works across the production chain and is designed for rapid testing and validation.
Companies are unlikely to achieve complete migration to the public cloud in the near future. As a result, CIOs need monitoring, discovery and configuration tools that function in hybrid, multi-cloud environments as well as up and down the stack, from legacy systems to consumer applications.
No modern solution can operate solely on its own. As designers produce focused, best-in-class solutions instead of massive slow-moving systems, openness becomes critical. Companies need modular, open-source and user-friendly software that is designed for easy adaptability and integration with other apps. Companies expect to be able to combine the capabilities of their different systems to serve new needs.
IT professionals must demand intuitive, user-friendly software, and can no longer satisfied with difficult, second-rate applications. Instead they need a consumer-level user experience. Solutions that are software-as-a-service (SaaS) capable, and must be easy to install and are functional right out-of-the-box.
Incorporate policy engines
Cost pressures are CIOs to seek automated IT operations. They are moving away from massive manual efforts currently used to monitor compliance, data governance and security policies. They require intelligent solutions to identify, correct and better manage policies across a hybrid infrastructure.
As the number of digital applications increase, companies are becoming flooded with data. Some of this data is useful, some of it is not. CIOs need advanced analytical tools that employ techniques such as machine learning to detect recurring and predictive patterns from a stream of data that is wide, deep, diverse and evolving.
The digital revolution is here, although not quite the way many people had expected. On the road to realizing the promise of digital, CIOs are learning to address the challenges of hybrid management, cost, compliance, security and data analytics. The digital revolution is rich with both promise and complexity. By following six rules, CIOs and developers will have the tools they need to help make digital transformation a success for their organization.
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