The Essence of Digital Transformation for Businesses

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Businesses are injecting huge investments in digital transformation, as the world inches closer to the Fourth Industrial Revolution—a necessary move for the survival of organizations / Photo by: Bakli via Wikimedia Commons

 

Businesses are injecting huge investments in digital transformation, as the world inches closer to the Fourth Industrial Revolution—a necessary move for the survival of organizations.

Such advancements include cloud migration for IT, security enhancements, data analytics, and software-defined networks. However, these efforts are not what digital transformation is about, according to Brendan Caulfield, the co-founder at ServerCentral Turing Group.

TechRepublic reported that Caulfield said, "These overused terms and buzzwords" describe actions for digital transformation as simply the latest tech trends in the industry instead of evolving projects. The meaning of digital advancement in companies isn't cut and dry, he said, since—contrary to popular belief—there is no umbrella statement definition for it.

"It's going to be highly individualized, company by company. There's a whole lot of consistency," the co-founder said.

"There are some companies that jump all in, and it's going to be a massive change, and there are some companies that think digital transformation is akin to moving from on-premise email to Office 365."

Caulfield stated both of them are legitimate examples of digital transformation but are found on extremely different scales. He further explained that this concept has been going around for decades, despite the term only being popular in recent years, and its definition changes along with the industry.

"When we're talking about it today we're generally talking about cloud and how cloud is going to disrupt the way that IT departments function and operate. But it really is to me, it's just the next logical step, and it's going to be very different from company to company."

For Pam Feeney, sales operations manager at Keystone Partners, the key to understanding the success of any initiative toward transformation is to determine clear objectives and expectations. In this way, Feeney said the organization would know that their efforts are yielding results if they meet the efficiency and productivity improvement goals for the advancement.