There is no doubt: 2020 has been a year of forced digital transformation for the bulk of our business fabric. The establishment of the COVID protocol in companies has not only consisted of masks, gel dispensers, and distance maintenance. No, it also included the adoption of an intricate deployment of technological resources to adopt teleworking. There was one hope: By doing so productivity won’t suffer as a result of the health crisis. Digital reality is a new normal.
However, the outlook for companies in the post-covid era goes beyond working remotely. Businesses need to manifest themselves in a clear intention to invest in cybersecurity, hybrid cloud, and data analytics.
The current state of technology projects
The predictions on investment in technology have been ratified along several lines. Companies may be very advanced in their digital transformation and workplace strategies, infrastructure, and cloud services.
On the other hand, the interest in data analytics, AI, and IoT is striking, where companies notice a change. We talk about an advanced degree of development in projects, somewhat lower than the pre-covid predictions.
Perhaps the spearhead is occupied by cybersecurity projects, where the current situation of companies shows a low degree of implementation. Application modernization and process automation also stand out and for quite logical reasons in the light of recent events.
Cloud environments: the consolidation of the hybrid cloud
The migration of applications and data to the cloud has been a constant in companies: the old reluctance to the cloud has been giving way to environments where private cloud and public cloud solutions are combined, and where the balance of the hybrid cloud has positioned it as the most accepted solution. Although it should be noted that most Spanish companies have at least two public cloud service providers.
Let’s come straight to the point now. What are the most important elements to boost the cloud strategy? Security and application availability, closely followed by the reduction of provider costs and the automation of data loads.
In terms of applications migrated to the cloud, new business areas and small projects take the lead. At the same time ERP, CRM, and core enterprise data and applications migration still take a back seat.
The era of data: collection and analysis
Considering the large number of interactions left by users on the Internet, you can find a whole framework of knowledge around data. There was one goal: to make sense of the digital trail left by Internet users, who are likely to become potential customers for different businesses.
This idea also revolves around analytical accounting. A tool that makes it possible to predict the economic situation of a company, giving meaning to the data to build a company’s financial status.
Companies affirm their commitment to projects around Big Data and Data Analytics. But this high figure contrasts with the scarcity of effective projects. The lack of profiles specialized in data science is the most considerable reason for this jump. Just like the lack of budget or skepticism about the priority of these resources at the top.
Storing the enormous amount of data to provide relevant information for a company’s balance sheet is a demanding challenge. Most of which opt for hybrid storage systems, ratifying the conclusions of the previous section.
Transforming the workplace! Do your office how- and wherever you want to: home, mobile, digital office
The argument of business continuity has been the main driver of workplace transformation. The pandemic arrived without warning, and with it came the hasty adoption and implementation of tools to enable remote working. As a result, companies are increasingly concerned about IT security and the management of devices and access. Companies forecast an increase in IT investment to increase the speed and security of corporate networks.
Even so, it is surprising to find that more than half of the companies report having mobile device management policies in place. It follows that they are not exploiting the full potential that lies behind the mobility of their employees.
CONNAMIX is a technology partner committed to digital transformation. We understand that the adoption of COVID protocols in companies across the country has been disruptive enough for them to also have to worry too much about their digital projects.
We offer consulting solutions on cybersecurity, data analytics, workplace transformation, and cloud strategies. The top goal is to make digital transformation an easily applicable reality for companies in the post-COVID era. Shall we talk?