More than ever before, businesses are expected to operate at lightning speed while embracing and leveraging change to remain competitive. “Demanding” is probably an understatement when describing the truly intense nature of the current technology climate. While cloud technologies still feel new-ish in the vast mix of technological advances in the last several years, there are technology approaches that are already surpassing cloud as the top schools of thought in achieving innovation, agility, and hyperscale.
One such technology adaption is digital industrialization. Digital industrialization is defined by Ericsson as “a continuous cycle that organizations can use to turn IT infrastructure from a cost into an asset by standardizing on one set of technologies and economics across facilities, hardware, software, and operations; consolidating data-centers; abstracting functionality; automating operations; and governing it all to ensure security, integrity, and compliance.” The key to successful digital industrialization is the design and implementation of a network solution that can seamlessly integrate all your technologies, applications, hardware, and/or data with both private and public cloud infrastructures.
So how do you ensure that your network design achieves the goals of digital industrialization? Remember the acronym DATA:
Data Integrity: As a result of relentless technology advances in the past several years, companies are expected to transform their networks and build their technology capabilities, while providing data security and integrity standards that meet customers’ increasing expectations. This includes accurate and secure data storage that can be accessed on-demand, with no interference or security risk. Even companies that did not previously rely on technology solutions or manage data integrity are being tasked with understanding their technologies, improving their solutions, and delivering a higher level of innovation.
Automation: In order to increase the speed and agility of your operations, and remain competitive, businesses must implement automation across computing, network, and storage areas for both IT hardware and cloud environments. Depending on the roles and processes that require automation to best serve your customers, you may be need to provide self-service applications for customers, automated delivery standardization of resources for developers, and/or repeatable workloads on-demand for your IT developers. Whatever your automation demands are, devising a digital infrastructure that meets the needs of your audiences is critical to the success of your business.
Total control: Bringing all your network computing, applications, and data center under one overarching IT infrastructure allows for total control/governance of your IT solution. By consolidating the management of your enterprise, you can achieve greater transparency, monitoring, and measurement of performance metrics. Centralization also allows for monitoring of security threats and the minimization of network incidents and poor network performance.
Accessibility: Data segmentation can ensure that your data is accessible by the appropriate audiences. Your consumers may need access to particular data, while managers, staff, IT, and developers will require different permissions to harvest the data they need to perform their duties within your enterprise. Furthermore, readily accessible data that offers actionable insights through analytics will help your business perform at a higher level.
With these critical principles in place, your all-in-one physical and cloud infrastructure solution can be omnichannel and omnipotent. A well-engineered solution will alleviate the excessive use of resources and stress associated with a fragmented network. Invest in your solution now, and enjoy the ability to adapt and scale not only network-wide, but enterprise-wide in the future. Digital industrialization is here to stay, so businesses across all industries should get on board.