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Category: Digital Transformation
Stop thinking “new normal” By Edward Finn
This blog was written by Ed Finn, Regional Sales Manager, Silver Peak. Enjoy this article because it captures what we are facing in the “new normal” and how we have to embrace these changes into transforming our companies digitally.
There is a lot of talk about the “New Normal,” but I bristle at that because the very word, the tag that has been put on the way we must work and live now is a vestige of our old ways. Why do we need normal at all? This is an opportunity to redo, reset, renew. There is going to be hard ships in the next few months, there are going to be layoffs and closures, downturns, and instability, but rather than looking at that as normal can we look at it as change, betterment, refocusing.
The task of grocery shopping falls to me since my wife is working out of the house and often not home before 9 or after 5, so I happily do this part albeit as infrequently as possible. If you are also making weekly or bi-weekly trips to the supermarket, you can follow the slow evolution that happened there. First there was sanitizer wipes at the door and gentle reminders to “social distance.” Then there was plexiglass at the registers and employees wore gloves and the little groups that mulled around the store would occasional still stop and chat with each other. As days and weeks progressed there was masks added, no more wipes or sanitizer at the door, garbage cans in the parking lot for masks and gloves, and arrows down the aisle direction the shopping flow. There was no more chatting, in fact no two people were ever any closer than a checkout clerk and customer.
It is in this scene that I noticed something that struck me as curious. Certain aisle always seemed to be empty, like toilet paper and paper towels. You looked down barren shelves that had months before been a wall of different colored packaging choices. I will leave alone the question of why in a Pandemic we feel that toilet paper is the item we must hoard. What I find very curious is not what is missing from the shelves, but what is still there. As I move down aisles that are filled with blank spots that once held essentials like pasta, soup, and bread, I am amazed at what is still there. Passing many processed products that definitely have questionable organic origins and repackaged products that divide and make smaller and more portable what we used to get in family size boxes. The disposal trays, portions bags, powder drinks sit on the shelves as we opt for products that offer a better value that give us more of what we truly need.
This translates to the workplace as well. My home office desk had, no lie, 5 boxes of staples and 3 staplers wedged into its drawers. There are 5 table lamps and a center piece lamp. The room is 8 X 10, so lighting is not an issue. There are folders and papers that no longer have any meaning, one folder contained numbers with no frame of reference or identifying marks, they look good but were meaningless. So, I guess if we were to consider what the “new normal” should be, the fact it is it should be regularly and consistent change. Offices when they re-open will do so with a question as to what is needed, what parts of the office are soup and what are powdered drink mixes. Need to haves verse nice to haves, and how do we adopt the home user to the office and more importantly adapt the office to the home user. What change can offices make to adapt themselves to the essentials and bring those essentials to the home users. The change will focus on how to help an office worker work the same exact way at home as they do and did in the office.
The answer should not surprise you – it is technology. Carefully looking over the technologies being used how they can be made better, how they can become seamless to the worker. Embracing change and relooking at edge technologies like Silver Peak SD-WAN can offer a glimpse of how an appliance can challenge the router and allow cloud migration and home office experience that can shape the tomorrow we are facing and provide the flexibility to allow success.
Digital Transformation is the new Telecom
In some circles, Telecom is a dirty word. But not Digital Transformation. Digital Transformation has a broader view on technology and impacts business goals. Welcome to the new era of Telecom.
John Chambers from Cisco said that if companies don’t go Digital, they won't exist in a meaningful way in the next decade. That’s why many companies view digital transformation as a necessity for survival.
5 Reasons why companies need to go digital
Deliveries by drones. Self-driving cars. Technology is advancing faster than we ever could have imagined. We have entered a truly “smart” age that’s filled with smarter communications, smarter homes, and ever smarter lives. In order to keep up with the fast pace of technology, companies have to evolve. And evolution is at the root of going digital.
Here are five key reasons why companies of all sizes need to go digital:
1) Companies that don’t go digital by 2020 will not exist in a meaningful way in 10 years
It’s simple – if you don’t transform, you will lose your competitive advantage. Your competitors are new digital natives, 100-year-old companies, and anyone in between. In Leading Digital: Turning Technology Into Business Transformation, the authors write: “The elements of the digital world—software, hardware, networks, and data—are pervading the business world, and they’re doing so quickly, broadly, and deeply.” Companies that are winning are the ones using technology to their competitive advantage like “breaking some of the traditional paradoxes of operational excellence, helping you to build capabilities that improve efficiency and agility, power new customer engagements, and enable new business models—all while remaining largely hidden from your competitors.”
2) Companies that go digital make more $$$
3x more. – Look at Uber and Airbnb. They’re fully digital and fully automated. In fact, they don’t hold any inventory.
Companies like these have reconfigured delivery models to create new products and services that have reinvented entire industries. They use technology to change the way they do business—their customer engagements, internal operations, and even business models. Westerman, Bonnet, and McAfee, the authors of Leading Digital, put it this way: “To these companies, new technologies such as social media, mobility, and analytics are not goals to attain or signals to send their customers and investors. Companies with stronger digital capabilities are better at driving revenue with their physical assets.” If companies want to improve top line margin, they have to go digital, provide value and deliver positive business outcomes.
3) Transforming the customer experience is at the heart of digital transformation
Digital technologies are changing the game of customer interactions, with new rules and possibilities that were unimaginable only a few years back.
4) Automation is here to stay and organizations should welcome it
According to a 2016 World Economic Forum survey, an estimated 1.6 million manufacturing and production jobs will be replaced globally due to automation between 2015 and 2020. AI, if deployed correctly, has already been proven to boost productivity, create new employment opportunities for digital skills, and enable human talent to flourish. Food for thought – a digital workplace can improve employee focus and boost productivity by establishing new leadership targets and methods of measuring employee performance. It is guaranteed that your competition is either considering, executing or reaping the rewards of it already.
5) Digital is about moving fast and companies have to be agile to compete at a high level
By 2019, 74% of IT Operations will have embraced SDN (software defined networking). By 2020, people will be creating and storing data at a rate of 1.7mb’s per second. And the speed of everything is going to increase dramatically. Studies say companies that have embraced DevOps, release applications 200% more frequently than companies that haven’t. Think what this means in terms of competitive advantage.
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