Amid a flurry of new digital technologies including mobile, analytics, social media, and data sensors, businesses are looking for a game changer. But with flat IT budgets and an ever-expanding array of applications and technology, innovation can be elusive. Many IT organizations are doing double-time just to keep up with daily operations, leaving little time to focus on the strategic initiatives that help businesses prosper in the long term.
Finding the best cloud technology solutions can help organizations focus on innovation by supporting faster service provisioning, reducing IT costs, and perhaps most importantly, increasing business agility. In fact, cloud computing can help companies service the demands of the business by reducing IT cycle times, increasing efficiency, reaching new customers, and expanding strategic advantages. With the ability to quickly adapt to changing business conditions, business can optimize inventory or make personalized sales recommendations – all in real time – and so improve sales results.
Before you embark on any digital transformation, you must identify the opportunity, quantify its value, and develop a plan – ideally one that your business and IT teams develop and execute together. To make this goal a reality, you need a simplified IT foundation that is accessible, standardized, and resilient.
The cloud supports digital transformation, clearing a path for unprecedented efficiency and agility. Organizations can quickly adopt innovative solutions, rethink how you run your business, streamline processes, and invent new business models. But questions remain about how and when to adopt cloud technology. Which of your business areas would benefit most from a cloud-based solution? How will the cloud integrate with your existing technology? How can you benefit from its scalability? Where do you begin?
With these five factors in mind, you can develop a cloud road map for digital transformation that makes the most of your current IT landscape while realizing the full potential of cloud computing:
- Simplify the sourcing, operating, and maintenance of business solutions
- Understand the technical aspects of cloud deployment
- Identify where cloud technologies could have the greatest impact
- Ensure that your cloud deployment meets your IT requirements and business imperatives
- Determine the best path for your company, now and in the future
Getting on the road
As business becomes increasingly digital, complex, and global, organizations must keep up, transitioning to systems that maximize efficiency and agility. Cloud technologies can speed adoption, simplify processes, and support innovation, providing the best of both simplicity and performance.
David Sweetman – senior marketing director for SAP