Mission Impossible – Capitalizing on Cloud for Digital Transformation

August 10th, 2018executiveconversations


Infrastructure transformation is a journey. It starts with identifying business opportunities and selecting the right technology. But the journey is not without obstacles. Leveraging experienced partners can help ensure your transformation is a success.

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Challenges Holding Organizations Back from Transformation

Many may view technology as the biggest barrier to digital transformation, but based on recent research, corporate culture and buying habits actually pose the biggest obstacles to change.

Government and commercial organizations looking to transform their infrastructure and move to the cloud are generally focused on these key priorities:

• Finding ways to take out cost or reprioritize dollars
• Increasing security, especially via digital services
• Supporting the digital worker
• Enhancing the customer or citizen experience

But with these priorities in mind, there are several restraints that impact transformation, including:

• Insourced solutions and services
• Limited capital/CapEx
• Siloed systems, operations and data

Additionally, many organizations are challenged with resources and may not have the right talent to lead them in a digital transformation effort. They look to advisors, partners and services organizations to work with them to outline a plan of action to meet their objectives.

By better understanding an organization’s culture, its strategic plans and priorities, it becomes easier to build a plan to embrace digital transformation with their goals in mind. Focusing on culture can increase the velocity of transformation.

Embracing the Cloud on Your Terms

Cloud technologies have the capabilities that can enable a digital transformation. Companies can pick and choose solutions from those listed below to enable them to move to the cloud and meet their needs and objectives surrounding these solutions with security management technologies.

• Productivity solutions (i.e., Office 365)
• Business applications (i.e., Dynamics 365 ERP, Dynamics 365 CRM)
• Application innovation (i.e., platform as a service in the cloud)
• Data and intelligence (i.e., data in the cloud for storage and actionable business intelligence)

As Bob Ellsworth, worldwide director for enterprise modernization at Microsoft, explains, “The Microsoft Azure cloud provides three levels of differentiation enabling our clients to embrace the cloud. Microsoft’s investments enable cloud implementations globally, have the right accreditations within our clients’ geographies and industries to ensure trust, and have the capabilities to embrace the cloud in hybrid environments interfacing with the current on premise architecture.”

Hybrid cloud environments allow you to maintain legacy data centers while taking existing systems and deploying them in the cloud as infrastructure as a service. In addition, building new applications consuming cloud services, such as machine learning, allows you to adopt these technologies much faster than you could previously.

Software as a service applications like Office 365, Dynamics 365 or Visual Studio Team Services can be consumed in the cloud, leaving all of the effort on Microsoft for providing these technologies to you. Azure also delivers infrastructure and platform as a service capabilities that you can leverage across environments.

Azure has great momentum in the industry. More than 90% of Fortune 500 companies use the Microsoft cloud, with 750 million Azure active directory users and 340 billion Azure SQL query requests processed every day.

Leveraging Trusted Partners to Improve Business Value

Unisys and Microsoft are long-time partners and leaders in digital transformation, providing services and solutions that run on Azure. These services include implementing digital workplace services, hybrid cloud computing, GDPR compliance services, Unisys AirCore® passenger services, and AMANDA™ government licensing and permitting applications.

Unisys best-of-breed solutions based on Microsoft technologies transform businesses worldwide taking them into the digital world. Microsoft named Unisys the 2017 Microsoft Innovation Partner of the Year recognizing the 240 percent growth in Microsoft Azure cloud usage driven through delivery of innovative digital workplace solutions to clients.

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Tags-   Cloud Digital Transformation digital worker Hybrid cloud Infrastructure as a service infrastructure transformation Security shared services trusted partners


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shawn Kingsberry

Shawn Kingsberry serves as the VP, Digital Government and Citizen Services. He works to guide public sector consumers as they adopt cloud computing, data analytics and other digital government platforms.