What Does IT Transformation Really Mean?

IT Transformation is certainly having a buzzword moment. Unfortunately, with all the enthusiasm and overuse, its true meaning and value for organizations can quickly get lost. We’re here to clear those confusions up and answer the question: What does IT transformation really mean?

Put simply, it’s the complete assessment and improvement of your organization’s IT systems and processes to not only better serve customers and end-users, but also future-proof the overall business. But the specific interpretation of how your organization executes this critical strategy is where things can prove complex and present more than a few hurdles for businesses.

From budget constraints to inflexible on-premise environments to internal staff preferences (and on and on),  the barriers to IT transformation grow longer every day. Don’t let that deter you. These hurdles are small matters compared to the benefits of a smart, agile, strategic IT transformation:

A Strong Start with Cloud

Discussing IT transformation without talking about the cloud is impossible, the two are synonymous. The cloud allows organizations flexibility that is absolutely crucial in IT transformation. Without the agility provided by cloud services, businesses risk falling into the trap of ad hoc IT transformation that can result in costs that could have been avoided with a little planning and strategy at the start.

To make the most of the cloud, it’s important you find the right architecture for your business’s needs. There’s public vs. private to consider and most organizations will use a combination of the two (hybrid cloud) or multiple public cloud solutions (multicloud). Working with multiple providers has many benefits including additional flexibility and scalability, but proper management is crucial. A multicloud management tool can help you get the most out of this architecture with one consistent interface that provides functionality across all cloud environments (e.g., Private Cloud + Azure + AWS).

Bring Your Map

The key to overcoming IT transformation challenges is so simple it’s often overlooked: Have a plan. Tackling this evolution with intent and strategy is crucial. That starts with mapping out where you are and where you want to go. It sounds obvious, but this foundational step is so often overlooked in the interest of moving quickly. It’s worth taking the time. Without this important first step, companies risk exposing themselves to compounding costs spent on the maintenance of legacy systems, insurmountable skill gaps, and more.

Expect the Unexpected

IT transformation has some standout benefits that you’ve likely heard time and time again — a more agile system, greater organizational efficiencies, a stronger cloud strategy, and tighter collaboration with customers. It’s some of the less tangible benefits — boosting team morale, accelerating cultural shifts, and attracting top talent — that have far more impact on organizations in the long run.

The fact is, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for IT transformation, and what works well for one organization may leave another falling behind. In our new guide, we’ve broken down the critical components every IT transformation journey needs to be successful. For more insights, proven best practices, and a strong starting point for your organization’s IT transformation, download your copy here.