Digital transformation has become more than just a buzzword — it’s a critical business strategy. According to Foundry, over 90% of businesses say that they plan to adopt a digital-first business model.
Digital transformation is the process of using digital technology to drive efficiency. Creating a cloud storage infrastructure to facilitate remote work or using AI to drive business insights are two examples of how digital tools are transforming how we do business.
The ultimate goal of technology is to allow you to do more with less, and help your teams do what they do best. Read on to learn about 4 ways you can better position yourself for digital transformation.
#1 Keep it Simple
The ultimate goal of digital transformation is to simplify our lives and drive efficiency, but that’s hard to do when adding a lot of pieces of technology. It can be tempting to try and buy every bit of technology that promises efficiency, but digital transformation is not a “set it and forget it” strategy.
Instead, you need to consider what the best software is, and how all of your technology will “talk” to each other, so you can take a hand’s off approach.
In order to answer these questions, your IT team not only has to train in every bit of new technology you adopt, but also has to carefully consider how to orchestrate between all of the moving parts. That takes incredible skill, time, and human resources that you may not currently have on your team.
That doesn’t sound very simple, does it?
To truly simplify your IT operations while undergoing digital transformation, the best option is to go with a Managed Service Provider (MSP). An MSP provides a unified platform that implements, integrates, and manages all of your technology.
Hiring an MSP gives your IT department the ability to focus on business critical goals, without being overwhelmed by all of the new technology. One of the biggest benefits is that an MSP can knock down data silos. When information isn’t siloed, it can be shared across all of your systems, leading to greater insights.
#2 System Expertise
Digital transformation is all about transforming manual processes into digital ones. That means that some of your most critical business processes are in the hands of your technology. Digital technology can do amazing things — when the technology works.
When something goes wrong, you need to have the expertise to get your systems up and running again with as little disruption as possible. System expertise is also critical in ensuring that your systems stay secure. If you don’t have the expertise in a system, you may not recognize a security breach.
But with so many moving parts to consider, how could you ever have an IT big enough to have expertise in all of your systems? MSPs complement your IT team to provide the expertise in all of your systems. They can monitor all systems and respond quickly when something goes wrong.
When considering an MSP, look for a provider that has expertise in your specific system. For example, DYOPATH are experts in Microsoft 265 and Azure — an expertise that is generally lacking in the MSP space.
#3 Security First & Always
The more digital technology you use, the more vulnerable you are to cyber-attacks. Security is critical to digital transformation — it cannot be an afterthought.
You may think that your business isn’t attractive for cyber criminals if you’re not collecting sensitive data, but the truth is that any bit of data that you collect can be valuable for bad actors. Cyber attacks can bring your systems to a grinding halt — and cause thousands of dollars in downtime.
Most importantly, a cyber attack can damage your company’s brand and reputation, and reduce the trust that customers have in your ability to keep their information safe.
Everything your network or piece of software that your business touches needs to be as secure as possible. Cyber attacks evolve to evade detection, which means that your cybersecurity tools need to be constantly evolving as well.
Keeping your business safe from sophisticated cyber attacks requires round-the-clock monitoring, constantly evolving breach detection algorithms, and the expertise to identify and remedy the vulnerabilities in your systems.
All of that requires enormous resources to deploy — resources that most companies simply do not have in-house. Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) provide comprehensive security solutions like a Security Operations Center, so you can keep your business safe without having to invest in those resources in-house.
#4 Plan to Scale
The purpose of digital transformation is to allow your business to grow by using technology to drive efficiency and deliver new experiences to customers. This means that your technology needs to scale together with your business, so you don’t have to constantly implement new tools to keep up with growth.
An MSP can provide you with the tools you need to scale your technology along with your business. MSPs have the expertise to choose tools that are flexible enough to accommodate growth when needed, or to run efficiently in times of stability or loss.
Scaling technology is difficult to do securely. MSSPs that focus on cybersecurity rarely have the tools and expertise to facilitate technology scaling across your operations. Working with an MSSP and MSP separately can lead to data and processes that are siloed, as well as conflicting recommendations.
Dyopath gives you the tools to securely scale your technology as your business grows. Unlike traditional MSPs that offer limited cybersecurity options, or traditional MSSPs that don’t look at the bigger picture, DYOPATH combines MSSP and MSP services to drive your company’s path to IT success.
Are you looking for a technology partner to help your organization with successful and efficient digital transformation? DYOPATH can help all of your systems work together, anticipate any challenge, and protect you at every turn.
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