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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!

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The concept of Digital Transformation

The concept of digital transformation is one that intrigues me. First off, because it has so many different applications and because it has many different definitions. For this article, we are talking about digital transformation for companies. People also have digital transformations, but for the sake of simplicity and to keep the item to less than 1 billion words, we are focused on the concept of enterprise digital conversion today.

First of 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. The large systems integrators and consulting shops also publish and share digital transformation as them, the SI or consulting firm, coming in helping the enterprise move to a more modern hardware and software solution set.

Both of those are not digital transformation. Indeed, it is something that organizations pursue. It, modernization of solutions do require many of the aspects of what becomes digital transformation, but it ultimately isn't digital transformation.

So let's bake a cake and call it Digital Modernization. We will send that cake to the SI's and consulting companies, and they can celebrate their new capability Digital Modernization. Because of the reality of what digital transformation is lies beyond consulting and systems integrators.

Well, we've clearly defined what is not digital transformation, but you are reading this to find out what digital transformation is. So let's take a moment and define digital transformation. It is quite simply the move from non-digital to digital assets.

The reality is that simple isn't always the answer to the question. The fact of digital transformation isn't 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 quiet 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. (https://hubpages.com/technology/The-concept-of-Information-Brokers) Brokers give you access to validated information. No longer trust the information broker, get a new one!

Having known the right 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

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

Define the Pillars and Deliver the Goods!

We've already talked about the first one. When you use a search engine, having information brokers that provide known right information reduces the risk of searching. Device-specific content is critical for digital transformation. Let's talk about what that means first, that the data being sent is formatted for the device's screen (laptops do well information, but a large monitor 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 truly. Where information sent to your device, you will know what your device can and cannot do.

The third thing is what I call 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.

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 that are capable of routing information gathering to the correct connection directly on the device. Once your device connects, the network will also be aware of what type of services your device needs. Data, information, and critical services will then be routed accordingly by the system itself.

Digital transformation is more than merely modernization applications. It is delivering on the concepts in the four pillars outlined in this article. Digital transformation is the delivery of information to a device; in a manner, 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, it is more than just modernization.

Digital Transformation is not a magic drawbridge to IT perfection

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