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    What’s Holding Digital Transformation Back? News of the Week, 3/24/17

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Mar 24, 2017 8:15:00 AM
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    dreamstime_xxl_69082903_crop300.jpgIf 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!

    Digital Transformation Progress. Or Not…

    Network World | Ben Kepes shares his view on a recent report from PointSource and its conclusions about the barriers holding enterprise back from innovation. The research shows several factors at work, from legacy infrastructure and equipment, to legacy processes that are just as resistant to change. Ben points out the necessity of clear vision and comprehensive planning, rather than a piecemeal approach to digital transformation.

    Legacy Technology is Biggest Barrier to Digital Transformation 

    Information Age | Nick Ismail reports on another study, released by Nimbus Ninety and Ensono, which shows similar results. A full 30% of respondents did not feel well-equipped to “seize the opportunities” of digital transformation, and half listed their own legacy systems as a key problem.

    It’s not all bad news, however. Simon Ratcliffe of Ensono pointed out that with the right approach, legacy systems can be an integrated part of an organization’s transformation, rather than a barrier.

    Futurist: New Tech Will Drive Enormous Demand for Data Centers 

    Data Center Frontier | Why is digital transformation such an important topic? Because technology is already transforming our world, and there’s no reason to expect the rate of change to slow down! Rich Miller’s write-up on the Open Compute Summit keynote by Steve Brown illuminates a few of the trends driving our industry.

    AI, machine learning, virtual assistants, virtual and augmented reality (VR & AR), ultra-fast wireless and 5G, and the explosion of IoT are all putting pressure on data centers. New types of computing, new architectures, and the agility to adopt future innovations are all going to be essential to the success of every enterprise.

    Change is no longer optional, no matter what industry you work in. Fortunately, Fiber Mountain’s technology can empower your legacy infrastructure to be an integrated part of the solution, by adding intelligence and agility to your physical layer.

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    Topics: Industry News, data center, digital transformation