The phrase digital transformation has different connotations for different people. For some it’s just a buzzword; a clever way to describe updating old equipment.
In the past few years, however, digital transformation has generally become accepted as meaning a complete change in attitude that enables businesses to stay competitive, keep up with the fast-changing industry landscape, retain existing customers and attract new ones.
Each digital transformation journey is unique, but data transformation is one of the main technology components that most organisations will focus on. And, for an increasing number, a move towards private cloud is becoming a key consideration.
Understanding the objectives
Before embarking on any transformation journey, the first step for businesses is to take a step back and define the reason why transformation is necessary and what issues it needs to overcome.
For example, an independent software vendor might need to do it to start selling more modern cloud-based and SaaS offerings. They would need to be able to deliver these while remaining compliant with regulatory changes, such as GDPR and the revised Payment Service Directive (PSD2).
In cases like this, many organisations are now looking to private cloud environments to increase agility, enhance operations and improve security. Private cloud delivers against requirements a business could have, such as enhanced security, data sovereignty or legislation, where it’s not possible to use public cloud.
Increasingly private cloud isn’t being used by itself; in the transformation mindset, it forms a key part of a hybrid approach. Hybrid cloud or hybrid IT allows organisations to use a blend of cloud and hosting offerings, often from different providers, to manage their data. It may be a mix of UK-based hosting services with global hyperscale public cloud services. And the true benefit is that organisations have different needs for different data sets, not all of which can be addressed by one cloud or hosting model.
Transformation in stages
Often, transformation and cloud migration go hand in hand. As a result, the best approach to digital transformation is a staged one. Many organisations are migrating incrementally – one workload, service or application at a time.
For example, Pulsant’s cloud and transformation specialists have developed a tool capturing the key criteria, considerations and change agenda called the Cloud Maturity Matrix which delivers an interactive solution to guide cloud transformation.
This building block approach gives a huge amount of flexibility to private cloud environments, enabling businesses to build in other hosting options to match their overall requirements. If your data hosting is currently all on-premise and you are looking to expand, we can help build the blueprint to be able to do that.
Digital transformation is here, it’s happening, and it has so many benefits to offer businesses. In leveraging those benefits organisations will most likely migrate to cloud or increase their use of the technology. For many, this means exploring private cloud, but it also forms part of a wider hybrid approach that can yield significant advantage.