Digital Transformation – The Next Frontier

By : |November 28, 2018 0

By Lux Rao, Director solutions, Dimension Data

The world we live in today is far taken out from how organizations conducted their business in the recent past. One of the biggest scourges for modern day businesses is the threat of disruption. Disruption can be defined as the impact when incumbent organizations are slow or unable to address changing customer expectations appropriately rendering them vulnerable to new age competitors.

While technology is critical to the digital transformation process, organizations ‘indulge’ in an almost pavlovian response placing too much emphasis on technology to drive Digital outcomes. While organizations are showing progress in their understanding of how technology can be leveraged to accelerate digital transformation, it should be viewed as an enabler, and not a panacea for all things Digital.

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Digital transformation should be focused on the holistic wellbeing of the organization, and its extended ecosystem. In an increasingly messaging cluttered world where businesses are clamoring for attention and ‘Born Digital’ Start-ups are redefining the rules of business, organizations are forced to transform digitally before the market dynamics decimate their existence. This is lending credence to the notion of Thinking, Doing & Acting Digital from the drawing board to the production run and beyond to the display shelves. Tightly designed, business aligned & integrated digital strategies will be the biggest differentiator between winners & organizations that flounder.

 

Now, more than ever, organizations have great ambitions, driven by continuous advancements in innovative technology.

 

– In financial services, we’re looking at the possibility of banking the billions of unbanked people in the world, particularly in emerging markets, with new models of mobile banking.

– In automotive, we’re shifting toward intelligent, shared, driverless electric cars where a digital workplace is possible.

– In healthcare, hospitals and doctors strive to provide a better human experience, including care that’s more predictive, preventative, and proactive.

– Retailers are delivering a better multichannel experience to their customers.

– The public sector is finding new ways to provide cleaner, safer, and smarter cities.

 

The emergence of new channels of client engagement, shifting revenue streams, rapidly evolving consumption models & consequent business calls for rapid transformation.

Clearly defined matrices on Digital outcomes will be key to sustenance & growth of Digital Transformation initiatives. The most common measures are Customer Experience, Workplace Transformation, Cyber Security and Digital Ready Platforms.

 

Digital Transformation in Action: A leading manufacturer of electrical gear wanted to break away from competition and take a lead in the market. They envisioned themselves as digital frontrunners in the manufacturing industry in India. To achieve this goal they needed high-availability of services to end users ensuring continuous production in factories, which would free up IT teams to focus on innovation and strategic initiatives. For them, Phase 1 of Digital Transformation was to build a Digital Ready Infrastructure stack that translated to IT Optimization, Infrastructure consolidation, Application modernization and automated operations.

 

 

Working on a mission mode, they set out achieving the 3 important objectives of Optimization, Consolidation & Automation with a slew of actions detailed below

 

Approach:

* Consolidated and seamlessly migrated nearly 50 applications across multiple sites to a scalable private cloud environment to meet business growth objectives.

* Built a hybrid IT support model that underpins existing infrastructure whilst optimizing datacenter & network operations. The model offered them complete visibility of their IT operations in the form of granular monitoring, control and reporting, measured against set business outcomes.

* The use of automation created a radical shift from their existing, reactive IT operations management environment establishing a more focused, predictive and proactive environment.

* With 99.9% uptime and 24/7 support across all its operations, including manufacturing facilities, warehouses and offices, all services are available to end users at any point in time

 

Outcomes:

– Met their target for revenue growth, partly due to an expected 10% reduction in operational costs.

– There’s also been a 15% reduction in risk by shifting to a more focused, predictive and proactive management approach.

– Automation has enabled them a 25% improvement in performance as a result of reduced downtime.

– Improvement of 15% -20% in internal customer satisfaction because of the reduction of escalations and customer complaints.

– IT management time saved from mundane IT chores to initiatives that provided business the competitive edge.

 

The success of a small footprint ‘Land & Expand’ approach has provided the impetus for the wave 2 of Digital Transformation that encompassed Customer Experience, Workplace Transformation & IT Assurance. This example is a clear beacon for a well defined approach of defining goals, clear mandates, catalyst team, metrics & measures and a phased approach to Digital Transformation.

 

End Point

In the digital era, there is no room for complacency. To stay ahead, companies must build incremental business value by leveraging on technological advancements and stay adaptive. At the same time they must explore new business models continuously as “anything is possible in the world of digital”

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