Businesses are embracing digital transformation (DT) to ensure their position in the fourth industrial revolution. But for many, it is not without concerns.
The biggest of these concerns are security and protection of information. Businesses are apprehensive over how to adequately protect their customers’ and their own information, and how they demonstrate this protection.
The transformation journey is, however, never a one size fits all scenario. According to Microsoft, the notion of executing a massive transformation in a single move can also seem insurmountable, but when you think about it as a journey – with incremental steps towards a long-term goal – it becomes a much less daunting proposition.
The business impact of digital transformation
The impact of DT permeates from deskbound to field and front-office workers across every industry. It is highly pervasive and, if leveraged and used correctly, can impact every person, whether they use the tools or not.
It can be used to perform usual productivity tasks, or to transform how a business operates, and how employees engage and interact with each other and their customers.
“Some are embracing the DT journey and feel excited about it, and we see organisations reaping real, tangible rewards,” said Westcon-Comstor. “The positive disruptions are truly amazing, but we also acknowledge that for some, there are legitimate concerns about getting DT right.”
- 91 percent of business leaders see DT as a way of sparking innovation and finding efficiencies.
- 68 percent of respondents say their organisation’s annual profitability has increased over the past three years thanks to its digital strategy and 74 percent say they expect it to rise over the next three years.
- 85 percent of respondents said disruption in their industry has accelerated over the past 12 months, and 86 percent believe businesses will have to adapt to providing digital services in the next 12 months or accept that they will become less relevant.
- 64 percent of business leaders say they have less than 4 years to complete a DT or they may go out of business.
The value in implementing a digital work environment
The true purpose of digital transformation, regardless of the industry, is to find new ways to drive constant value generation.
To generate real value, businesses need better solutions to connect employees and customers.
The modern work environment is ‘always on, always accessible, and available from anywhere’. Whether an individual is at home or at work, local or abroad, the modern work environment allows them to connect with their teams across a variety of mediums, such as video calls, shared whiteboard drawings, and multi-user document co-authoring in near real time.
It allows for unprecedented access to information, one source of truth with versioning history, and the ability to search for documents that have already been created.
It also increases employee engagement and effectiveness by connecting employees from different parts of the organisation, as collaboration is instantaneous.
Further to this, IT teams can assess the state of their security and respond quickly when needed to keep users productive and focused on creation through security management consoles that share intelligence through intuitive interfaces.
Managing access and keeping threats at bay with Weston-Comstor and Microsoft
For distributors, the benefits of digital are endless, and some of the most cutting-edge developments come from this exciting sector. But everyone doesn’t have to go all-in to see those benefits; you just need the right partner for your distribution business to start creating real value.
Weston-Comstor, a leading international distributor of business technology from the world’s leading vendors, offers Microsoft services which are built on a foundation of trust and security. Microsoft provides security controls and capabilities to help protect data and applications.
They help ensure that customers’ information is protected not only where it is stored, but also on devices from where it is accessed (ie. mobile devices, tablets, remote locations).
The Azure Active Directory, which is a cloud-based identity and access management service, helps employee’s sign in and access resources in:
- External resources, such as Microsoft Office 365, the Azure portal, and thousands of other SaaS applications.
- Internal resources, such as apps on a corporate network and intranet, along with any cloud apps developed by the organization themselves.
The embedded secure foundation and integrated toolsets allow teams to focus on getting the work done, providing peace of mind for employers knowing that their company data is safe, anywhere, and on any device.
Such transparency speeds business results, enhances quality of output, and reduces confusion and duplicative work, leading to a more successful organisation.
About Westcon Comstor
Westcon-Comstor strives to drive and support their partners through their digital transformation journey.
They specialise in the technologies essential to every business: security, collaboration, infrastructure, and data centre. And, translate their solutions into real value through our unrivalled expertise in global deployment, digital distribution and services.
To find out more, visit the Westcon-Comstor website.
This article was published in partnership with Westcon-Comstor.