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?
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
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.