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

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

    The Cloud

    Focus on sociological changes to transform digitally.

    Going digital is not about putting everything in the cloud. The cloud is an enabler — a toolset that can complement or replace current practices and make it more efficient. That is why going digital is more about a sociological change rather than a technical one — it's a change in process and approach. This is also where the transformation must be put into context. For example, large platforms cannot simply be ripped out and replaced by the cloud. Therefore, a pragmatic approach must be taken to properly see the benefits.

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

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    The Cloud

    Focus on sociological changes to transform digitally.

    Going digital is not about putting everything in the cloud. The cloud is an enabler — a toolset that can complement or replace current practices and make it more efficient. That is why going digital is more about a sociological change rather than a technical one — it's a change in process and approach. This is also where the transformation must be put into context. For example, large platforms cannot simply be ripped out and replaced by the cloud. Therefore, a pragmatic approach must be taken to properly see the benefits.

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.