What's the Cloud's Role in Digital Transformation?

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 12-22-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    What's the Cloud's Role in Digital Transformation?

    IT leaders consider digital transformation a top priority, but few have fully implemented technology needed to address initiatives critical to digital business.
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    Defining Digital Transformation
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    Defining Digital Transformation

    Engaging customers via smart, connected services (IoT): 63%, Use of cloud services rather than on-premise servers or VPN: 62%, Migrating on-premise applications to Infrastructure as a Service: 62%
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    Technologies Essential to Digital Transformation
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    Technologies Essential to Digital Transformation

    Security: 91%, Identity management: 90%, Mobile security: 90%, Customer-facing mobile apps: 87%, Cloud adoption: 86%
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    Cloud Adoption Is a Priority

    Cloud adoption is a top priority, but adoption by enterprises is in its infancy. Less than 10% of respondents said their enterprise is fully deployed in cloud environments, but 86% said the cloud is critical to digital transformation.
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    Adoption Stages

    50% of respondents have started migrating to either the private or public cloud; 38% use a mix of on-premise technology with a public or private/hybrid cloud; and 7% don't use the cloud at all.
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    Cloud Benefits

    75% of the respondents said the cloud makes it easier to manage mobile app infrastructures, and 82% said a cloud allows them to more easily manage secure partner ecosystems.
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    Security Is Imperative
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    Security Is Imperative

    91% of respondents said security is important to their company's digital transformation, but 82% said security became more complex, challenging and expensive to manage as they moved to the cloud. 58% feel more confident about security since moving to the cloud.
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    Security Impedes Migration of Apps

    Security is the biggest obstacle when migrating applications to the cloud, so enterprises have allocated more resources to secure the migration. 66% of respondents have also bought more security tools when they moved data to the cloud.
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    Identity and Access Management

    90% of respondents said identity and access management (IAM) technologies are key enablers of digital transformation, as well as secure mobile and cloud experiences.
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    Top IAM Initiatives

    Employee access to mobile apps: 90%, Customer experience and engagement: 89%:, Employee access to cloud: 86%, Interactions with partner supply chain: 86%, Partner on-boarding: 83%, Internet of things (IoT): 80%
 

A new study reports that while digital transformation is a top priority for enterprises, most IT decision-makers have not fully implemented the technology needed to address initiatives that are critical to digital business. The report, "State of Digital Transformation 2016," defines digital transformation as "engaging customers via smart, connected devices (internet of things or IoT); using cloud services (Software as a Service or SaaS) rather than on-premises services or VPNs; and migrating to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)." The report also stated that for many enterprises, acquiring and engaging customers is a leading reason for going digital, along with providing employees with cloud and mobile apps. Cloud adoption is in the early stages, however. Security is also critical to success, but it is more complex, challenging and expensive. The research was conducted by Ping Identity and Regina Corso Consulting, which surveyed 200 IT decision-makers responsible for overseeing technology deployments at enterprises. Respondents from the United States work for companies with 50 or more employees. Those from the United Kingdom, France and Germany work at companies with at least 200 employees. Here are highlights of the report.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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