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What does Digital Transformation Really Mean?

i am a long-time avid technologist. i began my tech career in the Apple world but moved to Enterprise Solutions later.

Digital Digits, not Transformation!


The concept of Digital Transformation

The concept of digital transformation intrigues me. First, it has many different applications because it has many different definitions. For this article, we are talking about digital transformation as it applies to organizations moving away from analog assets. Analog or non-digital assets require conversion. But, the organization's process that helpced the analog asset must also be changed. For this piece, the definition is that organizations moving analog assets and operations to digital are undergoing a digital transformation.

The initial problem is that digital transformation is sometimes confused with modernization. That the solutions, applications, hardware, and way that the company uses its assets are made modern. That, sadly, is not digital transformation. This misnomer comes from advertising, often playing the modernize your hardware to start your digital transformation journey. That truly is not what digital transformation means. As the organization now has new hardware but still creates analog assets.

Digital transformation is the conversion of analog assets to digital assets. It is important to remember that the help two types of assets as the organization moves along its digital transformation. The first is a digital native or something that starts and ends its life as a digital asset. The second is digital conversation helps former analog aid that is now digital. The other part of the transformation is examing, evaluating, and converting the process that enabled the analog support in the fhelpplace. Now the asset starts and remains digital through the entire process.

There are other "digital transformation solutions" that you can also ignore. For example, making solutions faster is not digital transformation. Replacing humans with AI is not a digital transformation. Finally, upgrading all your servers in your data center is not a digital transformation.

The reality is that simple isn't always the answer to the question. The fact of digital transformation isn't just the conversion of assets; it's the creation of a supporting system that will allow for the continued use of digital assets. Or, to be quite blunt, it is the empowering of users to have access to and native creation of digital assets. While empowering users to see, review, and receive digital assets that are validated and useful. I spoke previously about the concept of information brokers.

Having known good information solves part of the digital transformation question. It is only part, however, of digital transformation. The next step is considering and revealing the four pillars of digital transformation.

The pillars of Digital Tran formation

The four pillars of digital transformation were developed over a series of years and in working with customers as they considered, evaluated, and ultimately embraced a digital transformation journey.

The Four Pillars of Digital Transformation

  1. Having Known good information
  2. Device-specific content
  3. Data sources optimized for performance
  4. Path independence

Define the Pillars and Deliver the Goods!

Now we are going to dive into the four pillars of Digital Transformation.

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Known Good Information

When you use a search engine, having information brokers that provide known information reduces the risk of searching.

Device Specific Content

Device-specific content is critical for digital transformation. First, let's talk about what that means: the data sent is formatted for the device's screen (laptops do well), but a large or multiple monitors is better for reviewing a lot of information. If it is your tablet, you can review more information than the cellular phone. The future of digital transformation is to make the device part of the system. Data will arrive on your device knowing what your device is capable of doing.

Optimized Destinations

The third thing is destination optimization, but more directly is the best place for the application to run. Application locations can include cloud providers or on-premise, but also the reality of which cloud and which services to optimize the user's performance and reliability of the overall solution.

Path Independence

Finally, let's talk about the concept of path independence. As we move to the future of a software-defined world, we will begin having devices capable of routing information gathering to the correct connection directly on the device. Once your device connects, the network will also know what type of services your device needs. The system will then route data, information, and critical services accordingly.

Digital transformation is more than merely modernizing applications. It delivers on the concepts in the four pillars outlined in this article. Digital transformation is the delivery of information to a device; in a manner that the method and user of the invention can consume. It considers the fastest way to provide that information and delivers it in a path-independent way.

Digital Transformation is more than just modernization. Digital transformation is moving your analog assets into digital and being able to use that information over and over.

Digital Transformation is not a magic drawbridge to IT perfection


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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