Digital transformation isn’t a point-in-time thing, it’s a continual process. However we may be at a critical inflection point for many businesses, as Cloud Industry Forum research shows that 72% of businesses are likely to roll out digital transformation strategies in the next two years. Gartner has recently identified 10 technologies that are ‘driving the digital workplace’ – from algorithm-driven ‘Ambient Knowledge’ to immersive technologies. It’s very apparent that these are also technologies that will drive demand for data centre capacity. So what sorts of challenges does this pose to the IT decision maker…

Does your team have the right skill set?

Heavily regulated and somewhat dated IT teams that work in silos prevent this line of business from developing due to the constraint of the traditional enterprise technology. Many IT teams don’t currently have the skills and scope to address trends such as the internet of things (IoT) or VR, which creates more likelihood of “shadow IT”. Forward-thinking managers will always try to accelerate the evolution of the business by understanding the fast paced environment it operates in and henceforth encouraging their teams to be fully trained.

Embracing the an open environment

The emergence of ‘developer superstars’ is also reflective of this challenge and digital transformation strategies are increasingly demanding the involvement of developers. Even in traditional sectors, IT is having to provide environments in which they can experiment and create, in a way that doesn’t compromise critical business functions. Rather than a frustration, the ability to support fast-moving technology change should become a point of pride for a progressive IT department.

Do you have an outdated IT model?

Businesses are adopting bolder and experiential financial models for their products and services and  a cloud strategy can support this commercial model, yet IT (as custodian of the cloud) has not shifted its own delivery model to reflect this. The need for the ‘enterprise defined data centre’ has in many ways truly come into the spotlight.

Digital transformation strategies create an unprecedented need for a balance between owner-operated data centres, colocation and public cloud. The market is really starting to mature for many of these services, and  so it is perhaps time to assess whether it is feasible to invest in an house facility vs a fully maintained colocation facility.

This is our last blog in the ‘Digital Classroom’ series. Next week, we will be launching our full downloadable guide with one additional section on data centre operations!

You can now download the free full guide here.