BLOG Conquering the roadblocks in digital transformation during COVID-19 Jan 02, 2021 Viren.Wadhwa SHARE The COVID-19 pandemic has been a big driver of digital transformation adoption. But organizations need to conquer the roadblocks in this process to steer their way to a better future. The crisis has converted operational programs into strategic, immediate necessities. In this way, the pandemic has rapidly transformed businesses. COVID-19 is forcing organizations to speed up their digital transformation targets for the year. Physical retailers had to move to the web overnight or shut down their businesses. In the hospitality sector, restaurants became take-out deliverers. There has been regeneration of whole supply chains from scratch. In commercial hubs, coffee shops shut down, while makers of home gym equipment, coffee machines, and bicycles are doing roaring business. There is a palpable clamor to speed up digital transformation. A recent report on the financial services sector reveals that 72% of respondents have embraced innovation in 2020. Banking experts state that the pandemic is driving transformation and boosting innovation in the industry. The digital sector and economy have changed almost overnight. Bigger organizations require more time to adapt, but the clock is ticking for them. IDC forecasts that 65% of international GDP will be digitized by 2022. The present crisis has only made the need for achieving digital transformation goals more critical than before. The Best Place to Begin Most enterprises depend on IT and core services that support their operations. These are irreplaceable systems that support revenue generation, efficient processes, customer satisfaction, and operational success. Simply put, by recognizing the importance of trusted technologies, IT managers can gain a head start on their digital transformation route. A 2020 industry study shows that 91% respondents believe that the level of innovation in an IT business as well as departments makes for a critical indicator of organizational success. So the strategy is to adapt and use what is important and utilize it better in the future. Strategic advancement is a holistic objective and organizations should leverage tools that serve their business capably, and add technologies that deliver new value, minimize risks, and maximize returns. Selecting the Right Path It is erroneous to consider digital transformation as a pre-defined result and one-off activity, as it is not just one journey. It's a continuous process that involves several phases, each with different directions, objectives, needs, resources, and challenges. The availability of many approaches, technologies, and factors has increased the risk of failure because of the amount of variables. To reduce risk, you need to minimize variables. This means adopting the newest technologies, effective approaches, and processes that work. For this reason, many IT managers are aiming to modernize by re-utilizing what has proved effective to accomplish new objectives. Each digital modernization route is different and ongoing potentially. It is a strategic path that avoids sudden turns that impact business continuity, and is designed to tackle transformational issues of infrastructure, processes, and applications. Your digital transformation strategy should guide you on the key considerations, choices, and factors in your planned path, so your IT team can confidently progress in the journey. Following the Digital Transformation Rules Despite differences in individual paths, each company needs to manage the basic aspects of a successful change program which are people, technology, and process. People You need to collaborate effectively with your supporting cast and related stakeholders to bring about major change. For any organization, the target is a new territory. Therefore, they need to find a proven and reliable partner that can guide them on the road to success by helping them to deploy the needed modernization solutions efficiently. Process Speeding up the delivery program. Digital transformation is competitive, so you need to reach the destination quickly. You can do this adopting modern agile procedures that use IDEs to expedite app delivery, and embrace API enablement, refactoring of useful services, and test automation as these are all essential elements of the digital transformation protocol. Technology Agility and modernity. You should look to use technology to meet present and future needs and demands. This means deploying integrated toolchains which permit connection, collaboration, and production of new services. The toolchains should support fast testing and implementation wherever these services are required (mobile, mainframe, containers, or cloud). The COVID-19 pandemic has made digital transformation a necessity and the new normal. But the process of modernizing IT processes and operations is complex. Strategic, successful transformation occurs when large organizations work towards the goal, successfully passing the modernization milestones of infrastructure, process, and application on the way. To sum up, the coronavirus crisis has provided greater incentive to change, but achieving digital transformation needs great discipline and efficiency. STT GDC India's data centres in Bangalore and other Indian cities can be your company's able partners in digital transformation as we are a leading provider of colocation services in India.