Science fiction heroes have a similar mission: to protect individuals in the face of new technologies, while trying to improve society. Also, CIOs need to guide their organization to new technology opportunities, without compromising on what has been successful with them so far.
Focus on the times
The CIO’s mission today is to build a technology -rich world. The past two years have turned the entire professional sector upside down. Countless organizations and their IT strategy have experienced unprecedented change. In this context, the new backbone of commerce is essentially digital.
With this evolution comes the increased risk and greater impact in the event of failure, amid the growing litany of crashes, cyberattacks and other diseases plaguing the IT world.
So our troubled CIO, far from traveling towards a visionary future, is wrapped up in the mechanics of “here” and “how”. It must restore common sense to operations in the face of rising pressure, greater traffic, staff scattered geographically, disrupted supply chains and ongoing cyber threats.
Digital transformation has been high on the list of goals and concerns for organizations for several years. For many, it is a foundation technological innovation program to support meaningful business change. This need for change often requires investment. IDC predicts that spending on digital transformation solutions will continue at a healthy pace, expected to reach $ 6.8 billion by 2023, with an annual growth rate of 15.5%.
The digital dilemma
But these major investments carry significant business risks. Companies whose systems and processes seem incompatible with rapid growth, improved customer experience, or the accelerated evolution of new business models in the world, are reluctant to engage in things that might interfere with daily workflow, as long as they are not sure of the result.
IT leaders must continue to invest in digital innovation, but success is more necessary than ever, as is the vital need not to compromise operations that are already under great stress. They must ensure the present and the future.
By helping organizations simultaneously manage the existing operational landscape and the technological requirements in the near future, IT managers can solve their “digital dilemma”. They will be able to manage and transform their business simultaneously, which is essential for a successful digital transformation.
Digital innovation, subject to different priorities
IT teams of all sizes are concerned with delivering services as quickly as possible, effectively directing operations, and operating and analyzing from data they own. They must do all this with the appropriate level of security and management. In each case, the requirement is twice, both for today, but also to consider the needs of tomorrow’s business.
From an application delivery perspective, IT organizations need to apply Agile and DevOps skills in all of their environments, from the mainframe to the cloud, to meet today’s delivery speed demands. Furthermore, their goal is to enable their organization to change by combining value chain and enterprise scale principles to make the digital factory model smarter and more efficient.
In terms of IT operations, organizations want to simplify the operational complexity of the combination of traditional and cloud services by using a digital factory approach. In a unified, modernized platform for IT operations, they can integrate or replace incompatible tools collected over decades, freeing up resources and accelerating change.
For IT security, it has become necessary to protect the most important by detecting malicious actors, responding to advanced threats and recovering from an attack. In the future, security analytics for hybrid environments will help transform their business.
Finally, IT managers are looking to consolidate their analytics without moving their data to a single location, so they can work more efficiently. As they transform their organization to grow, they need to make sure they can support more users and larger volumes of data with the best performance in scale for accurate and predictive insights. available.
The requirements listed above apply to all sectors and geographical areas and represent today’s real needs. Solutions exist that address the digital dilemma and allow organizations to continue working today and change for tomorrow.
Most CIOs are well aware that the journey to a better future never really ends and that important milestones will mark the progress of their odyssey. Also, most good stories mix a journey into the unknown future with a nod to the legacy of past success. Dealing with today’s critical issues with the same forward momentum to achieve tomorrow’s goal remains a practical reality.