Why IT Transformation is so vital in today’s competitive market.

For organisations of all types, digital transformation is a major catalyst for corporate change and helps companies be more successful in the growing digital economy. Digitally transformed enterprises can innovate more rapidly and more effectively than their competitors, driving change instead of being driven by it.

Digital transformation has many prerequisites, but key among them is IT transformation, of which a modern, automated server environment is a vital component. Many organisations view modern on-premise compute infrastructure, employing scalable, high-performance servers with built-in security, and automation for a wide range of routine tasks, as a vital element in the modern IT platform.

How does modernising IT infrastructure help?

Transforming enterprise IT in this fashion frees the business from the inherent rigidity and labour-intensive, manually managed nature of siloed legacy technologies. It improves IT infrastructure performance, enhancing efficiency, scalability and cost-effectiveness. It streamlines frequently used processes, reduces the need for manual intervention, frees up resources and cuts the risk of human error, strengthening security and reducing downtime.

Research that highlights the real-life benefits

Recent research by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) has demonstrated the direct, measurable relationship between IT transformation and a broad spread of benefits. These include improvements to agility, responsiveness, spending efficiency, funding for innovation, time to market, stakeholder satisfaction and competitiveness.

Three significant upsides of IT infrastructure transformation

1. Automation

A keystone of transformed IT infrastructure, automation delivers significant benefits across server deployment, monitoring and troubleshooting. ESG found that with automation in play, server administrators can manage over 80% more VMs than they can without automation.

Where organisations use automation for one or more server management tasks, the time spent on routine server management is cut by almost 40%. Time and budget are released, allowing greater focus to be given to strategic projects.

Such time savings are critical for businesses using a DevOps model, with frequent application enhancements and rapid roll-outs. Automation accelerates application deployment, reducing the risk of IT becoming a bottleneck by, typically, doubling the likelihood of deployment ahead of schedule.

Automation also removes many opportunities for human error. Errors in manual VM configuration, for example, can leave servers open to attack. The costs, lost output and wider damage to the organisation resulting from such errors can be extensive. Automating server provisioning and maintenance can mitigate such risks through “gold copy” configuration benchmarks.

2. Confidence in the enterprise’s own IT infrastructure is key to combating shadow IT.

Modernised server infrastructure has a significant role to play in deterring shadow IT. The line of business executives and others increasingly tend to bypass IT, going directly to cloud providers for point solutions. These often bring with them diverse, unforeseen complications and challenges, and almost always make managing the organisation’s overall IT estate and spend near impossible.

ESG found that over 50% of executives from organisations with modern server environments felt their on-premise IT was as agile as, or more agile than cloud alternatives, as compared with just 15% from organisations with legacy environments.

Meanwhile, they were over twice as likely to report that their on-premise environment was at least as secure as the public cloud alternatives.

3. Freeing Up Your People

Finally, ESG found that IT departments with modern server environments need some 5% fewer people than those with legacy infrastructures – five full-time equivalents in an IT department of 100 – to deploy, manage, and monitor IT infrastructure and applications, freeing up IT staff to focus on higher value activities.

Automation, scalable, high-performance servers and integrated security are essential to the modern data centre. So is the ability to manage the environment using the least possible capital and the fewest operational staff resources.

DellEMC’s new PowerEdge™ Modular Server Infrastructure is a great example of the kind of advancements available with modern server infrastructure – If you are interested in seeing these systems in real life, we are running a few Demo events to help give IT professionals access to the latest DellEMC systems. Book by clicking the link on the image to the right or down below.

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