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Digital Transformation Trends

This article lists some of the digital transformation trends that are trending today and have a positive outlook for the future.

By Raghav K.

Digital transformation is the beginning of a paradigm shift that allows organizations to adopt new technologies to deliver better value to their customers. With a new set of tools and practices like cloud-native, Digital Transformation offers options for organizations that want to introduce or expand their business online. Embracing digital transformation leads to a newer way of conducting business that introduces new revenue streams and cuts down on overall resource usage. Digital transformation works hand-in-hand with highly elastic and scalable technological tools and practices that provide an agile flow.

This article lists some of the digital transformation trends that are trending today and have a positive for the future.

Becoming an Autonomous Digital Enterprise

Leadership quantifies skills that provide a make-do shift in situations where complexities rise sky-high. Guiding your organization through the complexities of implementing a more evolved IT approach explains the need for IT leadership within organizations.

Guiding a full-spectrum digital transformation within your enterprise is unnecessary. However, putting up a progressive strategy that includes a step forward (even at intervals) and initiates technological upgrades is a way towards Autonomous Digital Enterprise transformation.

Automation helps reduce manual invention and enables you to dedicate more time to creative and skillful strategy formulation. You set out to transform to an ADE by enabling agility and implementing data-driven, automated, and intelligence-based strategies that are developed using AI and machine learning.

Stronger Networks – Remote Work Culture

There was a shift in how we handle routine and critical tasks. There was a massive shift in the primary work culture in 2020, which shifted from extracting productivity and better business intelligence to surviving the corporate enterprise market. Most innovations are fueled by stringent strategic policies that see multiple reforms rapidly based on preset redundancies.

This drive to survive is mostly aligned with strong policies that define how an enterprise should not struggle to stay above water in the most crucial circumstances. The efficiency of networks played an important role here. Infrastructure networks (like Alibaba Cloud CEN) and technologies (like Express Connect and Alibaba Cloud VPC) kept many enterprises afloat during the global crisis.

After the introduction of 5G infrastructure in 2019-2020, 2021, and 2022 will see the biggest shift since the introduction of 3G. Remote work culture needs a stronger backbone based on the Internet, and 5G could be the answer for executives, developers, and operations personnel to be more productive without worrying about networks.

Gartner stated, “An anywhere operations model will be vital for businesses to emerge successfully from COVID-19. At its core, this operating model allows for business to be accessed, delivered, and enabled anywhere — where customers, employers, and business partners operate in physically remote environments.” “The model for anywhere operations is digital first, remote first.”

The inclusion of better network infrastructure will be instrumental to building and delivering services to customers. End users will benefit from a better network infrastructure with enhanced and seamless connectivity.

Artificial Intelligence – The Next-Gen Fuel for Technology

Artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques have infused more business intelligence into enterprise solutions. Data Analytics based on AI with machine learning patterns to associate behavioral learning for better facilitation of service based on real-world and real-time data has led to a revolution with precise service segmenting.

Digital transformation requires a careful and precise strategy. Moving away from traditional practices can be challenging, and with a continuously evolving tech-sphere, it is essential for an organization to implement a strategy based on precise data-driven predictions. Machine learning models can help you assemble tools and resources that best fit your business. These tools work closely with big data technologies and help you extract the most value from your business solution.

Alibaba Cloud has several products and services that work closely with AI and machine learning techniques. These products can harness the refined and flexible resources to drive your business to an optimal operating level.

Customer Experience

Digital transformation is all about containing the old business values that have worked for an organization and its user base. Digital transformation is all about customer experience and how to enrich it using digital tools and practices. Digital is the only way forward. Customer experience is something that every solution wishes to cater to for quality assurance that speaks more about the solution than the technological spreadsheet of features.

In today’s world, users do not have time to wait for a solution. An example here is the abundance of financial applications in the market today. Controlling your bank account, online payments, market analysis, savings structure, and investments are some of the numerous features provided by these applications. This abundance drives the choice mechanism, and even a small performance or security gap can lead to a user shifting from your solution to someone else’s.

Internet of Everything

The highly digital organizations are the ones that have perfected the solution model based on optimal levels of automation within the organization. These organizations started their digital journey and became early adopters to yield more fruits associated with early adoptions than anyone else. These organizations could be working with a hybrid cloud or hybrid multi-cloud model that could be implementing automation scenarios related to the Internet of Everything.

If I talk about the recent trends, more focus is shifting to practices like AIOps, DataOps, and NoOps. All these practices implement more automation than usual to achieve faster delivery. DevOps and Microservices have led the CI/CD culture to provide a platform for an independent perspective for organizations to follow and build on.

The Hunt for Practical Knowledge

The changing trend of how work is delivered has led to a more concentrated approach towards team building. Organizations are expected to invest in more flexible talent to reach a solution structure suited to real-world practices rather than on-paper culture. Numerous organizations were already making a shift of preference with an outline that suggests skills over certificates.

Gartner’s survey of 113 learning and development leaders stated, “71% of people said that more than 40% of their workforce needed new skills due to changes to work brought on by COVID-19.”

IT skills gaps can lead to disastrous solution building, but adaptation is the key here. Moving forward, a constant need for optimal performance will be required and expected from the talent in your organization. If a perfect mix of experience, raw workforce, and directed skill-based personnel is not implemented, you may have to restart your solution journey altogether.

In the End – What Matters?

Another very significant facet of digital transformation is reducing your carbon footprint. Big economies have had the industrial revolutions define their developed status. It was the ever-increasing need for infrastructure that led to the burning of fossil fuels and introduced high-density pollutants in the environment. Digital transformation is an efficient practice that works towards minimizing your carbon footprint, which is a step that everyone can appreciate.

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