Since we live in a constantly changing world, all businesses must adapt their operations to new modes of technology, hence why Digital Transformation has become a necessity, leading to an exponential growth in its innovation. Contino came up with a list of 20 individuals in Europe who are truly transforming their organisations, https://www.contino.io/insights/top-20-dx-innovators.
Cloud Computing and Cloud Security – a wide range of policies and controls used to safeguard virtualised IP both play active roles in this movement, acting as catalysts for digital transformation.
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud Computing is the method of storing, managing, processing, analysing, and securing data using a network of Internet-based servers. Data is stored in the cloud rather than on physical devices, allowing companies to manage administration better, streamline processes, increase efficiency, reduce costs, and boost their customers’ digital experience.
Furthermore, with the implementation of cloud automation, companies can also reap some of those benefits mentioned above since it enables companies to utlise cloud resources with great efficiency and minimise the risk of errors and security breaches since it removes the need of having to rely on manual workflows.
Types of Cloud Computing
There are three major cloud computing models. Each model represents a different component of the cloud computing infrastructure. They include;
Software as a Service
Software as a Service (SaaS) offers you a fully functional product managed and maintained by the service provider. You don’t have to worry about how the service is maintained or how the underlying infrastructure is operated here; all you have to do is think about how you’ll use the software. E-mail is a typical example of a SaaS application. It allows you to send and receive email without handling feature additions to the email product or maintaining the servers and operating systems on which the email program runs.
Infrastructure as a Service
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a term that refers to the essential components of cloud computing, such as networking and data storage space. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) allows you to have the most versatility and control over your IT resources.
Platform as a Service
Platforms as a service relieve companies of the burden of managing the underlying infrastructure. It will enable you to be more productive because you won’t have to think about resource sourcing, capacity planning, or software maintenance.
Tech Professionals and Their Digital Transformation Success
Here, we will consider the success factors of few tech leaders in digital transformation. They include;
Head of Cloud Engineering, Lloyds Banking Group, London, UK
Lloyds is embarking on a multi-year, multi-billion-pound transformation strategy to digitise and streamline the customer experience.
Matt has supported this ambition by leading several technological initiatives for the bank, including developing a plan to introduce container technology in the public cloud. These projects were critical in proving that the cloud could create real value while remaining secure.
Lloyds now has a highly secure and more robust digital capability, enabling engineers to release new code in just 15 minutes, where previously, it took over a month.
Chief Information Officer, Nationwide Building Society, London, UK
When Gary first joined Nationwide, about 90% of its IT capability was outsourced to system integrators and technology providers, representing a substantial cost and risk.
Gary has led a push to gradually increase in-house capability, developing the skills and experience to build and run their core technology themselves. In 2018, they began a radical simplification of their IT estate: modernising legacy, moving to the cloud and removing complexity.
Chief Information Officer, O2, London, UK
Joining amid an ongoing transformation, Debra found that the project was contractor-heavy and underpinned by separate IT and business units. She stepped back to look at the transformation from a more strategic perspective, putting an ambitious new operating model to in-source digital capability and aligning technology with business outcomes.
The new model focuses just as much on people and process as on technology. It looks to realign IT with the business, resolve gaps, eliminate duplication, and foster common standards in IT across business units and leadership structures, all of which ensure more streamlined delivery of technology.
Chief Information Officer, The Football Association, London, UK
Craig joined the Football Association (FA), the governing body for football in England, in mid-2018 to champion a pioneering program of digital engagement and transformation.
The starting point for Craig was trying to help the FA reimagine technology as a key enabler of football for fans, players and many volunteers from grassroots to the elite level.
Craig has led the way in decomposing monolithic legacy tech stacks into highly automated, modular, cloud-based systems so they can be updated rapidly.
Technology is not a choice in this modern age but rather a fundamental business strategy we must weave into every aspect of an organisation. Better coordination within and between organisations, more personalised customer experience, higher employee creativity and efficiency, and more reliable data insights are all benefits of digital transformation, all of which help a company develop and thrive.