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Ensuring a smooth transition to digital transformation

Andrew Martin, VP APJ Zerto | Oct. 24, 2017
Here are five tips to help you drive the greatest success in your digital transformation project.

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.

Customer demands and increased competition have led to digital transformation becoming one of the top business priorities for organisations around the world. More companies than ever today are investing heavily in major transformation initiatives focused on integrating digital technologies such as social, mobile, analytics and cloud.

According to analyst firm IDC, 60 percent of Asia Pacific's top 1000 organisations will have digital transformation at the centre of their corporate strategy by the end of 2017, with hybrid cloud as the underlying architecture.

IDC also reports digital transformation initiatives are helping drive IT services spend across Asia Pacific with spending in the region excluding Japan expected to exceed US$95 billion by 2021, up from $73 billion this year. In Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, the growing adoption of disruptive technologies have driven the growth of professional services, particularly IT consulting and systems integration services.

While the virtues of digital transformation cannot be extolled enough, companies need to be aware that the road to digitalisation may not always be smooth sailing and should be mindful of uptime and availability shortfalls.

Cyberattacks are becoming increasingly commonplace across all environments -- physical, virtual and cloud-based. Organisations need to ensure information and data is protected by having the right safeguards in place -- such as storing the data in a secure facility, having regular backups of data and  ensuring mission critical data or applications can be recovered quickly and restored in the case of a disaster such as a ransomware attack. In addition, the Federal government's data breach notification laws will also ensure that organisations hold greater accountability and improve the effectiveness of data leak prevention tools.

Below are five tips to help you drive the greatest success in your digital transformation project:

1.       Become agnostic to minimise disruption  

To make your life easier, you should focus on finding technologies that remove dependence on any specific part of your infrastructure such as storage arrays or even the hypervisor. By doing this you can make your enterprise applications more portable and move them to the platforms that make sense at that time without disruption.

Traditional IT infrastructures are built on technologies that are not open. For example, hardware based replication requires identical storage hardware at the second site. However, truly hardware-agnostic replication allows for unobstructed compatibility between storage systems and cloud platforms, providing ultimate cost-saving freedom without complication or impediment. This also allows users to leverage the latest storage vendors and network components.

2.       Leverage multiple clouds 

Moving applications without downtime or disruption between clouds is very difficult to achieve. However, having software defined replication products that are written into the virtualised layer can solve this issue and make cloud portability a reality.


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