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Checklist for IT Modernization

We are in an era of digital revolution, where competitive advantage depends on maximizing the enterprise digital infrastructure and business applications to glean faster insights from data leading to real-time decisions. But to fully realize the potential of a digitized organization means evolving legacy applications and platforms to support new ways of doing business.

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Are Today's Companies Ready for Tomorrow's Digital Business?

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78% of businesses surveyed said that achieving digital transformation will become critical to their organizations within the next two years.1

By the end of 2019, digital transformation (dx) spending is expected to reach $1.7 trillion worldwide, a 42% increase from 2017.2

 

By 2020, the proportion of organizations that will have deployed digital-platform strategies will have more than doubled, to over 60%.3

 

With cloud computing expected to surge from $67B to $162B by 2020, the gap between startup and large companies will shrink faster than ever.4

The Imperative of Embracing Digital Transformation Now

New Customer Experience Expectations

 

Customer experience (CX) is the new marketing battlefront. More than two-thirds of marketers responsible say their companies compete mostly on the basis of CX. And in two years’ time, 81% say they expect to be competing mostly or completely on the basis of CX.6

Innovative Business Models

 

Gone are the days when product and service updates were delivered monthly. Now we have reached a point where continuous development is required to meet the ever-evolving needs of customers and employees. This agility is fueling the innovation today’s business requires to remain relevant in an always-on world.

Empower Your Workforce

 

Employees are the foundation of your business and what drives your products and services—and the future of your company. The only way to truly become a digital organization is to enable them be at the forefront of transformation. Empower them with the tools and skillsets to lead the charge, and the business will benefit.

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Where to Start?

Start with Your Apps.

Rationalize Legacy Applications

Before you start a DX journey, you need understand your current state. It’s critical to document your infrastructure, the legacy applications running on that infrastructure, the interconnections and dependencies, as well as articulate the business use case for each application. By documenting each application and its role in the business, prioritization can then take place of where it makes the most sense to start the transformation journey.

Embrace Hybrid IT

As you embark on implementing the technology vision, you want to take advantage of the latest applications and data — yet you have to maintain the workloads and processes that run your business today. A hybrid IT approach is where you’ll find the best of both worlds, where you can still maximize the performance, cost and agility of applications, while matching each application and workload to the right IT platform.

Take It One Project at a Time

Build a long-term strategy based on smaller projects. When developing your transformation plan, time to value and speed of execution is key, so it only makes sense to build your transformation plan as a series of smaller projects happening in tandem across the organization. This takes the pressure of a huge undertaking off the IT team and gives them opportunities to enjoy success on a regular basis, all while incrementally moving the dial towards real transformation.

Find a Partner You Can Trust

With so many different technologies hitting the market, it’s incredibly difficult for any organization to truly know that one versus another is the best fit for their environment. A seasoned partner can be an invaluable asset in guiding your decision. In addition, they know that making the right platform and application choice is only part of the challenge, as integrating it into your current applications and workloads without creating new complexities and risk is critical.

The Benefits of Digital Transformation are Clear.

But making it real, or even knowing where to start is challenging. Download our informative Point of View Paper by OneNeck VP of Advisory Consulting, Jeff Budge, where he gives tangible advice to IT leaders struggling to modernize their legacy technology.

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OneNeck Point of View Paper