It goes without saying these are truly challenging times we are living in. Until now, organizations have operated with a certain degree of confidence that they have solid business continuity plans that will stand any impending disruption, but very few organizations could have ever anticipated the widespread, crippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While, the people, processes and technology needed to manage IT infrastructure have sufficiently evolved to keep pace with business needs and a market that is more intelligent and demanding, organizations are faced with a mindset shift that allows for their workforce to work remotely.
There are multifaceted challenges that come with these changes and agility has never been more crucial than in these times.
What is AGILITY?
Agility is described as the ability to move quickly and easily, and when handling crises or initiating change management, it is a critical skill. Since change is the only constant, businesses must be nimble enough to adapt when the situation demands it.
Why do organizations need to be AGILE?
Digital transformation means that technology has become the business, because it affects every aspect of how internal and external customers experience the value it delivers.
In a continuously evolving digital world, organizations experience both external and internal pressures that directly impact business and require ongoing, strategic decision-making about the current and future status of the IT environment.
Any I&O leader who is determined to remain relevant must have their finger on the pulse of all things related to IoT, edge, cloud computing, AI/ML and infrastructure management. That willingness to learn and quickly adapt is what will separate the winners from the losers. The learning part is easy, but the adapting part requires certain things already be in place.
How do organizations increase their AGILITY?
To execute a winning strategy for digital transformation, I&O leaders must have visibility into their environment. Taking inventory of exactly what they have in their data center and understand each asset’s health, where it’s located, its workload and application inter-dependencies, vulnerabilities and any imminent threats.
Using discovery tools to complete an assessment will help paint a realistic picture of the state of the I.T. environment. This information can provide key decision makers with a pathway for implementing strategic objectives that will ensure the business is relevant.
So, in determining a company’s readiness for coming change, an initial inquiry into visibility is needed. To decide if your company should perform a formal assessment, ask yourself the following:
- Are we nimble enough to continue operations in the wake of a global pandemic?
- Is the task-force able to work remotely in the face of life-threatening risk?
- Do I know every vulnerability in my environment and the severity level of each if we implement these risk mitigation strategies?
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you need to assess your business continuity strategy as part of your digital transformation journey.
Learn more about how your organization can start winning this war and benefit from a digital workload assessment with the experts at DAG.