It’s no question that technology has vastly surpassed all expectations in the past ten years, but with all the recent news about compromised customer data, it’s easy to believe that security measures have struggled to keep up. On the contrary, companies are investing significant time and money to solve this ever-growing issue. What does the future hold? There’s no need to build a time machine to find out; today’s featured articles give us a few hints.
Looking at the future – and even the present – the only thing we can be sure of is change. This week’s featured articles all focus around that uncertain certainty, whether we look at data center designs or delve into the impact of software on both military activity and more general transportation.
Next week, we’re off to Cisco Live! in Las Vegas, so it seems like a good time to highlight some of the fun news from the past week - from toymakers and bots, to science fact that reads like science fiction.
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Have you heard the phrase “virtuous cycle” before? It’s like a vicious cycle, but rather than each iteration of the cycle making things worse, each iteration provides a strong base for the next one to be even better. Likewise, different moving parts within a system (such as your company) start working together in a way that both builds on and builds up the strength, agility and capabilities of the other parts, and of the system as a whole. You might already see where I’m going with this – digital transformation done well can become a virtuous cycle that drives your company’s ongoing innovation.
“After all, digital transformation is in reality business transformation.”
This sentence from today’s first article is a beautiful illustration of why digital transformation is so challenging – and why it has such massive potential.
Successful digital transformation must integrate technology innovations with business drivers and decision-making. It must also be integrated into long-term IT and business planning. And finally, it will affect every area of business operations (such as information security) with both intended and unintended consequences.
Last week, I asked “What’s holding digital transformation back,” and focused on the infrastructure bottlenecks that enterprise must overcome to succeed. This week, I’m taking a slightly different angle, inspired by the first featured article below. Resistance to change within the organization and infrastructure is one problem – avoiding shooting yourself in the foot is another!
If you read this blog regularly, you know I’m fascinated by digital transformation (DX) and how Fiber Mountain can contribute to successful DX implementation. We focus on bringing the agility of software to the physical layer of networks and data centers, adding intelligence to the physical connections that are so easy to take for granted.
I’ve argued before that legacy infrastructure, including standard “dumb” physical connectivity, is part of what holds enterprise back from implementing DX. It didn’t surprise me when this week’s news featured two separate studies supporting that conclusion!
The stereotypical data center is a nondescript gray building with obscure signage and tighter-than normal security. That the community is rarely aware of the high-tech contents is just another security measure, right?
On the other hand, data centers and the companies that own them are part of their communities, like it or not, and some of them are starting to embrace that fact rather than playing it down. One aspect of that trend is the growing commitment to renewable energy sources for data centers, but this week I noticed a few more visible examples you might enjoy:
Power – what does it mean to you?
It could be simple electrical power from an outlet, or the power of market dominance, or the power of leading by example and influencing how others decide to do things.
Read on for a look at the power of the cloud, in three different flavors.
Is digital transformation just a fad? A year or two ago, it might have seemed like it, but now established companies from non-tech industries are touting their success in using DX principles to drive business growth for the 21st century. This week’s examples: Campbell Soup and Swiss Re!
That’s all well and good, but how do you make digital transformation work for you? Follow the link below to Shelly Palmer’s thoughtful article on steps both individuals and organizations can take. And if you missed it, check out our own Digital Transformation Road Trip series.