Strategic Insights: Digital Transformation

Next Dimension curates the most practical and useful tools and strategic IT insights from the web.  This week we shared articles across our social media talking about Digital Transformation.

Businesses of all sizes have been forced to reassess their digital transformation plans.

Many organizations have weathered the initial storm that is COVID-19.  They have found a way to mobilize, shift their business offering, and reprioritize their budgets to empower their workforce.  However, a fast deployment doesn’t always mean a secure or carefully crafted execution.  Here are three areas to watch out for that may cause security and compliance challenges:

1. Excessive Access Privileges

2. Misconfigurations

3. Manual Processes

Tips to review and plan ahead can be found in their article.


With each new level of automation, communication and connectivity challenges increase. A managed infrastructure mitigates these concerns in Ops. 

There are five distinct levels of automation inside of manufacturing.  With each level there is an increased demand and reliance on secure connectivity that is always-on.  Moreover, automation empowers real time data and analytics, which requires a robust connection to handle the flow of information.  Cisco defines these as the five levels of Manufacturing Automation:

Operation Assistance

Partial Automation

End to End Automation

Remote Automation

Autonomous Automation

What level is your organization?  What level do you aspire to?  How will you get there?  We have IT Roadmap framework that will help build the plan.


With a renewed focus to empower work, the workforce, and the workplace, organizations face IT complexity, security risk, and efficiency challenges. 

Deloitte shed light on the future of cloud-enabled work infrastructure based on acceleration rates of cloud adoption as a response to COVID-19.  The pandemic has created a footprint for cloud strategy planning moving forward.  There is an increased sense of urgency for migration, security, and Ops planning.

However, as organizations respond and recover, the focus needs to shift once again to manage IT complexity, security risk, and operational efficiency.  How do you adopt this same strategy?  Deloitte recommends you consider these three pillars in developing your approach:

Define the business challenge

Define technology and operational barriers

Develop your technology solution approach

Prioritize based on immediate value.  The time to reap the rewards is now.


Organizational issues created by Covid-19 suggest more businesses should closely examine their tech strategy. 

Are you in the race to replace legacy systems for greater agility?  Amazon’s Jeff Bezos famously said: “There is no alternative to digital transformation.  Visionary companies will carve out new strategic options for themselves – those that don’t adapt will fail.”  Technology can no longer be seen as the remedy for panic situations.  Investments should be made where tech and infrastructure can have an immediate impact on efficiency and resilience.

Who is leading the change in your organization?  Digital leadership is shaping up from various seats in the boardroom; CFOs, COOs and even CEOs are leading the change.  They are leaning on CIOs, CDOs, CTOs, and IT Directors to facilitate these changes with the right technology partner.


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