Run and transform?

Run and transform.  That’s what we hear from 40,000 customers that they need to do, especially in today’s unprecedented business environment.  But what does that mean exactly?

Let’s start with the basics.  It’s now conventional wisdom that if organizations don’t evolve, their growth, profitability, and customer-satisfaction objectives will likely be negatively impacted.  In short, digitally transforming is a critical business need for virtually any organization that intends to achieve success over the long run.

Running the organization has always been necessary to achieve immediate-term business objectives, and perhaps never more so than right now.  In light of the changes to how and where we do business due to the current pandemic, organizations have had to place an acute focus on “keeping the lights on” by answering some very important questions such as:

– How do I prepare for additional online traffic?
– How do I get information out quickly to remote workers?
– How do I prepare for added stress on my network and NOM?
– How can I make sure remote workers can access the data and systems they need?
– How do I protect employees’ data as they work remotely?

This yin and yang, or finding a balance between long- and short-term commitments, requires a delicate touch.  Virtually every organization has existing technology that is a part of their current IT reality.  Often this existing technology represents core business systems and has added IP and process built around it.  Organizations that wish to evolve and address emerging needs and opportunities have two paths forward to consider: rip-and-replace or bridging the existing and the emerging.

Rip-and-replace might at first appear to be the optimal approach – it gives you all-new technology and maximum ability to design things from the ground up.  But starting fresh also takes much more time and often introduces unintended consequences such as degraded ROI or opening up new vulnerabilities.

The smart way

The smart approach is the bridge the existing and the emerging by modernizing core business systems.  Such an approach allows organizations to achieve the balance of running at transforming at the same time.  This ultimately allows IT professionals to leverage existing investments and processes, lower risk of disruptions, and achieve a faster return on investment – ultimately allowing executives to run IT like a business.  We call that smart digital transformation.

Micro Focus delivers on the promise of smart digital transformation by developing and delivering software that is optimized to help customers embark on this modernization journey. With an integrated and open portfolio, which is generally backwards-compatible, Micro Focus helps customers bridge the existing and the emerging.

Want to learn more?  See our newly launched digital transformation microsite, or watch this video from current customers that have embarked on a smart digital transformation journey. Find me on Twitter to talk more, find out how Micro Focus defines DX and our reasons for launching the new DX Microsite here.

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