Is your business ready for the digital future?

It's time to embark on a digital journey.

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The Internet of Things, Big Data, Digital Disruption, and Digital Transformation—these mega ideas continue to be the talk among business in the local and global scene. And in this increasingly digital world, organizations can greatly benefit in adapting and growing digitally.

So, why is your business not embracing it?

Some of the reasons why businesses are afraid to embark on this digital transformation are the lack of access to technologies, fear of the time investment and costs involved, and misconceptions on what digital transformation really is.

What they don’t see are the abundant benefits they can get from shifting to digital. With the help of technology, businesses can improve several aspects in the organization, from payroll and workforce to customer service and communication, and in effect improving delivery of products and services to customers and partners. For employees, adapting digital platforms and tools can help them be more organized and productive, resulting to more quality output for the company.

Businesses—especially small to medium-scale ones—who don’t embrace digitization risk losing their customers, reducing their profits, and generally being left behind by their competitors who adopt new business models or by new and more digitally equipped entrants to the market.

Now the big question is: what do you need to do before you and your business embark on this digital journey? Here are the things to consider before you do the shift:

1. Set your objectives and goals

Know your business’ core values, mission, and vision, and make sure that your transition plans remain aligned with these. Know your goals and budget before adapting a new system.

2. Know what your customers need

Know what your customers’ needs are and how digitizing your business will affect your delivery of services and products to them.

3. Determine which technologies to use

Digital transformation is a catch-all for adopting technologies to improve your processes. It can include Internet of Things, 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence, big data, and so much more.  Remember: the digital transformation of one business may not be the same as that of another. What you need to do is find the tools and platforms that can meet the goals and plans you’ve set.

4. Create a digital roadmap

Now that you’ve set your goals, create a detailed plan of how you can achieve them. Set priorities and milestones, then establish a timeline on when you want to achieve them (and stick to it!).

5. Involve your employees in the shift

Your people are still the most important gear in your business. Make sure that they, too, are involved in the process as they can provide bigger input as to what the company needs. During the transition, ensure that they are trained well to understand the new systems and workflows.

6. Strengthen your IT infrastructure

The IT department and infrastructure will be the heart that pumps blood to this whole digital transformation. Check your current hardware, software, internet connectivity, and security, among others. Improve and update them to optimum condition to meet your digital transformation plans.

If you’re looking for an IT infrastructure that can help your business, Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers the HPE Synergy—a software-defined solution using that enables you to build and rebuild fluid pools of physical and virtual compute, storage, and fabric resources and configure them into any application depending on what you require.

Turning your IT infrastructure into a utility, the HPE Synergy allows ongoing deployment and management of tasks, carried out by those who use it when they need it. Once one application lifecycle ends, you can easily return the resources to a common pool and use them for the next job.

Improve your business strategy and increase your revenue by creating software-based services using the HPE Synergy. To know more about the HPE Synergy, visit https://www.hpe.com/us/en/integrated-systems/synergy.html.

In association with MSI-ECS Philippines, Inc.