If you’re like most C-suite professionals today, you’re likely operating with a laser focus on three key imperatives:

In short, an important goal of digital transformation is to automate routine operational tasks without sacrificing service to customers and partners. According to results of Frost & Sullivan’s digital transformation survey, 99% of businesses are engaged in some stage of a digital transformation. But the digital transformation journey is not without challenges. Businesses struggle with everything from skills gaps to security, from data migration to application performance.

Among global C-level business leaders surveyed by Frost & Sullivan about their companies’ digital transformations, 44% said that improving customer experience and satisfaction was a key goal, and 41% cited improving operational efficiencies. Tactical steps toward achieving these goals include deploying automation to increase agility, leveraging data to make critical decisions, and streamlining operations to reduce costs.

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: A BUSINESS IMPERATIVE FRAUGHT WITH CHALLENGES

As a top executive in your business, you may find yourself in a delicate balancing act between driving revenue and streamlining operations, all while improving customer service. To help balance these key goals, most businesses are transforming their business using IT-based technologies, including cloud computing, advanced analytics, management platforms, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

According to a recent Frost & Sullivan survey, many businesses are banking on cloud computing as a primary driver of digital transformation, with 78% saying support of a digital transformation is their main reason to adopt cloud infrastructure and services.

Many businesses are banking on cloud computing as a primary driver of digital transformation, with 78% saying support of a digital transformation is their main reason to adopt cloud infrastructure and services.

Automating daily tasks and introducing new services can help create greater governance consistency and application and data availability across a geo-diverse, hybrid environment. But the path to transformation has its challenges:

  • In-house expertise is scarce
  • Data security is a restraining factor
  • Migration continues to be a challenge

So while digital transformation can bring significant benefits, businesses need to
embrace new tools and services to overcome these challenges and drive their company’s
transformation forward.

USING AUTOMATION TO DRIVE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

To transform IT processes without burdening in-house staff or sacrificing customer service,
businesses need to introduce automation. Automating routine tasks allows your business to:

  • Overcome expertise/staffing gaps
  • Ease migration challenges
  • Ensure security and compliance

So what kinds of services can help automate these functions and mitigate your challenges to
digital transformation? Let’s look at three areas of focus that can help.

  • Data protection modernization—Automating how you backup and restore data in the event of data loss.
  • Hybrid cloud acceleration—Using automated services to help enable workloads and data to be used across multiple infrastructures or environments.
  • Data security and compliance—Using automation to help protect critical data and ensure that it is handled in accordance with all applicable regulations.

DATA SECURITY & COMPLIANCE

Data security is an ongoing struggle for businesses because the nature of threats is ever-evolving. Protecting against threats is especially difficult across multiple infrastructure environments because consistent governance across disparate infrastructures can be hard to achieve and time-consuming to maintain. But the business cost of not protecting data is even steeper. It is estimated that cybercrime will cost $6 trillion by 2021.2 Being able to ensure the integrity of your cloud-based data is critical; among business leaders surveyed by Frost & Sullivan, 74% said that security incidents led them to repatriate cloud workloads back to the premises data center.

According to the results of Frost & Sullivan’s Digital Transformation survey, 99% of businesses are engaged in some stage of a Digital Transformation. But the path to Digital Transformation can be challenging:

  • 57% of IT leaders cite “Insufficient expertise” as a restraint in deploying their Digital Transformation initiatives
  • $20 Billion of ransomware costs predicted to be reached by 2021
  • 52% of IT leaders cited “Migrating applications or data to cloud” as a key challenge that hinders their IT initiatives

How can you overcome these challenges, move a stagnating Digital Transformation effort and deliver the results your company needs to succeed?

Read this new Frost & Sullivan executive brief and learn how to deliver Backup Modernization, Security & Compliance, Hybrid Cloud Acceleration.

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