Go Digital or Die? How to Build a Bimodal Digital Future

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Consumerization of IT

Foster creative thinking to help IT stay one step ahead.

With an ever-more technically advanced workforce, not all technology change will come from IT. For example, where the use of services such as Box and Dropbox may have been previously avoided by organizations, shadow IT has pulled these services into the business mainstream. The cloud has created an environment where, if the users need a service, they'll find a way to get it. This phenomenon raises best practice concerns and requires that IT stay one step ahead, but it also offers an opportunity for discovering the next big idea in IT.

We are increasingly seeing that success in today's IT world comes from “going digital.” Just 10 years ago, we didn't have access to smartphone apps or social media, and even email was much more limited. Alongside a new generation of tech-savvy consumers and the proliferation of digital channels, every piece in the puzzle of communications has been impacted — and for the better.

Whether this involves changing businesses from the ground up and building fresh approaches to old problems, the use of DevOps, cloud or other technology, the stark reality is that most IT departments now have a range of applications and an established — although sometimes partially unknown — estate in place. The time has come to think differently about the IT organization and how to integrate processes properly to build a “bimodal” digital future — where both old and new can seamlessly operate.

Being told to go “all digital or die” is more than a daunting prospect and is often faced with a feeling of apathy. Going digital is not about moving to the cloud or any other specific technology — it's really about a sociological change of how technology sits within the business. When done right, IT changes from being a financial burden to a team that can affect, create and drive real business change via new digital technologies, while providing ideas that will have both top- and bottom-line effects.

In this slideshow, William Morrish, director of cloud services at Interoute, discusses the key elements to the DNA of today's digital sphere, which IT leaders need to know if they want to transform business processes.


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