Digital Transformation ‒ Can You Do It Without the Cloud?

TJ KilgoreWritten by | Cloud, Data Intelligence, Featured

Have you started your digital transformation yet? Would you like to know who is doing it, what they are doing with it, and how they are making it happen?

Here are a couple of use cases to answer the what. Can you relate to any of them?

  • Planning and logistics
  • Media-redefined user experience
  • AI-driven human behavior analysis
  • Business process automation

Digital Transformation, Disruptions and the Cloud

Who is doing it?

It appears that the herd is definitely moving toward digitally transforming their businesses; change is inevitable, learning is optional. Growth-wise, some pundits are expecting the digital transformation market to increase by 18.1% (CAGR) over the next five years.

So here comes the disruption: Almost three out of four of organizations surveyed are rolling out a digital transformation in the next two years ‒ all powered by the cloud. Or, put another way, cloud computing allows disruption of businesses by reassigning valuable resources away from low-ROI activities.

How they are making it happen?

You may ask: Can I complete a digital transformation without the cloud? Probably not. Nowadays, speed to implementation and time to market are not measured in years or even months. We are now required to bring a new product or service to market in weeks or even days. So, lightning-speed execution is essential.

It is difficult to talk with the customer of an Arrow reseller partner that does not have plans for a digital transformation, as most have either already engaged or are well on their way to their digital transformation targets. And, all along this journey, these companies are realizing BIG benefits from their transformation, such as increased competitive advantages, cost savings and better employee retention.

Top Processes That Benefit from Digital Transformation

From digitizing operational functions, to enhancing customer preference-alignment, to automating business function processes ‒ all of these newly minted technology processes are exciting. But which ones are getting the most attention?

  • AI and ML ‒ By popular demand, artificial intelligence and machine learning are becoming the future of any digital transformation. But, how quickly can you assemble the necessary kit for AI and ML? Not nearly as fast as the cloud vendors move to commoditize their AI and ML services in the cloud. So, to implement AI and ML, it is essential that you use the cloud.
  • SD-WAN ‒ With software-driven/designed wide-area networks, you are fundamentally getting out of having a rigid infrastructure. Gone is the struggle to keep up with the mobile economy or a hub-n-spoke architecture. You can just use edge computing to redistribute resources with mesh networking. Because SD-WAN accesses the public internet and securely connects remote locations without introducing network latency, it allows you to push transformation to the edge for your customer’s business.
  • 5G + SD-WAN ‒ The convergence of 5G and SD-WAN is becoming more of a commodity, allowing businesses to use a virtual overlay network, which is application-aware and policy-driven with optimized, orchestrated connectivity. No end-user gets a bad performance on any device. And we get a much richer data set that increases exponentially with the analytics that we can capture and transmit to the cloud.
  • Data Is Still King ‒ After all we have been through with the advent of solid state physics, it still boils down to data. Data is not only king, but numerous pundits have equated data with oil. An “olde” oil and gas adage says, “Please dear God, let there be another oil boom. I promise not to spend all of the profits.” While you do not have to be a geophysicist, you do have to have data scientists, machine learning engineers and data architects. Too often, I am told of a digital transformation that has the best business transformation targets; and yet I find them changing their direction because they have not organized/assessed their existing data. Or, they have refused to view their data in light of a modern cloud deployment. It is imperative that companies address both of these issues in the earliest stages of a transformation as soon as possible.
  • DevOps ‒ If you or your customer already have all your tools in the cloud, you could start planning to iterate to business outcomes with small “bites” or even an MVP (minimal viable product). If this is your situation, good for you! You have a mature organization that can handle that discipline. If not, Arrow supports its partners with engineers that have expertise in the many flavors of DevOps. Let us help.

Digital Transformation With Arrow

From sensor to sunset, Arrow can enable digital transformation by recycling your hardware out of on-premises deployments and into the cloud. We can provide managed services from assessments to production implementations, deployments and integration. And we can upgrade your operational capabilities. We basically have your complete end-to-end life cycle covered.

Let’s face it, no matter what you want to digitally transform, having the synergy of the Arrow ecosystem will further accelerate adoption of your strategy, which will ultimately disrupt your business… in a good way!

We look forward to supporting you with our technical knowledge and business process expertise as you help your customers attain their desired business outcomes in their digital transformation journey.

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Last modified: May 15, 2019