A lot has been written in the past few years about digital transformation. It’s easy to understand why—digital transformation touches so many different aspects of business in many different ways. In fact, when we talk about digital transformation today, we often touch on an extensive set of opportunities in businesses—big data, online business process management, internal and external collaboration, application modernization and integration, data warehousing, machine learning, and AI—just to name a few.
The question is, what to do first? And how to go about it? Individually, each of the opportunities listed above is a significant undertaking in terms of transforming a business through technology—each yielding significant positive impact to your business. Many taken together yields radical and impactful transformation. Despite knowing this, many companies are intimidated by the process of transformation. Business leaders are concerned about the investment and corresponding shift to the cloud that modernization requires.
They’re worried they are going to do it wrong.
Yet, businesses that dally are going to be left behind by their competitors. That’s why smart leaders are looking at digital transformation as an evolution, a path, and an ongoing process—not just a switch that needs to be flipped (at great expense and disruption to existing business processes and technology systems). They’re not afraid to take the steps slowly, starting with a roadmap.
According to PwC, a full 76% of CEOs are concerned about the pace of technological change, and 64% believe that changes in the technology they use to run their business over the next five years will be disruptive.
What we’re seeing at Redapt in consulting with companies looking to take advantage of the opportunities listed above—and looking to migrate to the cloud accordingly—is that the road to digital transformation is paved with hybrid environments.