Strategic Insights: Secure & Rapid 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 Secure and Rapid Transformation.

Do you think like a Digital Champion?  By doing so, you can begin a roadmap for digital success and a higher ROI. 

What does it mean to think like a Digital Champion?  First and foremost, it’s taking an organizational approach to assessing Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Analytics.  Next, it’s evaluating these tools against customer, supplier, and competitive demands.  Finally, it’s a commitment to using what you’ve learned and reshaping your business operations.

What makes a Digital Champion?  Few organizations have been able to master the cultural, strategic, and operations changes required to complete this transformation into Industry 4.0.  If you’ve done this, then you are most definitely a Digital Champion.


Rapid digital transformation, according to Gartner, will be a key priority for business.  

Lengthy, carefully plotted, extended digital transformation strategies are a thing of the past.  Obviously, the pandemic caused many organizations to rapidly deploy their transformation tactics, and now, those that did not are racing to catch up.  Those that do complete their digital technology initiatives will likely move through to Customer Experience and optimizing their dispersed workforce.  The goal must be to move quickly through your transformation, because there are many other initiatives on the horizon!

Not sure where to start? Here are four digital initiatives to start with:

1. On Demand Cloud

2. Accessibility

3. Open Collaboration

4. Enhanced Flexibility

Expanded thoughts on these initiatives can be found at the link below.


It’s imperative to have the right balance between security and usability to build a cyber-resilient digital organization.  Don’t fall victim to these common challenges: 

Forbes invited Steve Durbin, Managing Director of Information Security Forum to write about the three common challenges known to derail digital transformation efforts.  Steve identifies the challenges and gives tips on how to avoid and overcome them.

1. Lack of training and employee engagement
2. Rushed or skipped testing
3. Leaving security as an afterthought

Ensuring employees are actively engaged, frequent and comprehensive testing, and security as the forefront of every initiative will help your organization overcome these pitfalls.


Organizations are under increasing pressure to stay competitive and create connected customer experiences. How are you delivering on this promise?

It’s time to invite IT into the Boardroom to discuss trends shaping digital transformation efforts in 2021.  These trends impact all areas of the business and will define relationships with your customers, suppliers, and even competitors moving forward.  Here are the list of the top 8 trends shaping digital transformation for next year:

1. The digital-ready culture
2. Democratization of innovation
3. Composable enterprise
4. Automation
5. API Security
6. Microservices
7. The data divide
8. Data analytics

Since 2019, Deloitte has maintained that every business is a technology business – and considering these trends inside your organization will help your business excel in 2021 and beyond.


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