The fact that everyone is talking about digital transformation does not mean that everyone is actually making deep strides with it. On the contrary, news outlets talk about digital transformation (and blockchain, and RPA) because it is exciting and developing and far from over. That means you do not need to feel terrible if your business’s digital transformation is slow-going. Along those lines, Tim Yeaton discusses three transformation misconceptions in an article for the Enterprisers Project:
- You’re a transformation slowpoke.
- One technology will be the key to transformation success.
- Accelerating the dev cycle is the hardest part.
Keep Your Chin Up
You might feel like a “transformation slowpoke” because major market leaders like Amazon make all the headlines. But there are many more successful businesses that still look a lot like yours. As Yeaton illustrates with an example in the full article, there are still many IT organizations dealing with very limited budgets for innovation, in addition to unclear paths to implementing new technologies. Everyone is in the same boat.
Furthermore, there is no one technology that makes or breaks a transformation. However, Yeaton does strongly encourage building with a DevOps architecture in mind:
This starts with an assessment of what applications you have, what can be retired, what can be automated, and what can be made relevant in a hybrid cloud architecture. What existing and new workloads make the most sense as cloud-native? A key consideration here is the strategic nature of the application, and its ability to be re-built as a stateless, containerized, cloud-native one.
Hybrid cloud and DevOps go together. Companies that become DevOps organizations known for speed understand the importance of architecture.
He goes on to conclude that the hardest part of digital transformation is actually just fostering the required cultural change. You are asking people to commit to a lot of new things, and DevOps will make the transition harder rather than easier in the beginning. You must plan carefully to account for these factors.
For a longer discussion, especially about how to implement DevOps and the challenges that come with it, you can view the original article here: https://enterprisersproject.com/article/2017/11/dear-cios-stop-beating-yourselves-being-behind-transformation