Enterprise IT Disrupted by Digital Transformation

digital blog image.jpgHave you heard? Traditional enterprise IT is over, and digital enterprise IT is in. Some call it a revolution, a new era, a third wave. I call it today’s reality. The way we deploy and maintain technology won’t meet the demands placed on us for agility and innovation in the digital ecosystem.

IT professionals are hard-wired to think marathon, not sprint. But that’s changing. To a business that needs to bound forward, process optimization feels slow and incremental. Traditional planning cycles are too long for must-have digital initiatives. Siloed design, development, testing, deployment and operations are going to have to come together in a new model.

Digital-native companies, from Google to Uber, are changing the game in every industry, making CMOs anxious for a breakthrough idea. In response, CIOs are moving their organizations through digital transformation, supported by players like Microsoft, IBM, Dell, Cisco and SAP who are bringing forward products designed as digital transformation enablers.

Some companies will create a radical reimagined business to disrupt an industry, but most will simply use technology better to gain a better edge. Either way, IT teams will need to rebuild their structures to be more responsive to shifting priorities.

Dell recently surveyed 4,000 IT and business makers, and found 45 per cent are worried about becoming obsolete within the next three to five years. Almost half don’t know what their industries will look like in three years, and over three quarters feel threatened by digital startups.

Pretty scary stuff, but don’t buy into the hype that we’re on the brink of a revolution. Enterprise IT has always been in the business of giving companies an advantage in a changing competitive landscape. It’s just that today’s challenges and opportunities demand something different from us. Which means we have to be different in the year ahead.

On that note, let me wish you all the best in the new year. I hope it’s successful, prosperous, and everything you want it to be.

What is your forecast for 2017? Will it mean radical change for your business, or an escalating program of strategic imperatives?

About johnjblair

John J. Blair is the President and CEO of Blair Technology Solutions responsible for technology, innovation, and providing customized IT strategies to strengthen operations for enterprises across various industry verticals. His reputation is renowned as a results-driven leader, whose effective team-building skills and strategic development expertise have helped his clients achieve IT business success with cost-effective solutions. With almost 35 years in the IT industry, John has established a highly skilled team with expertise in providing personalized and customized IT solutions to a variety enterprises across Canada. Under his tutelage, his company is committed to customer service excellence, providing IT professional technicians to support the ongoing growth and needs of any IT department. Always on the leading edge of emerging technologies, John entered into the Managed Services field early and developed a Managed Services division under the Blair brand. John holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and has many industry certifications.
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