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Micro Focus Empowers Digital Transformation

In order to stay competitive, it feels like most companies need to constantly evaluate and potentially change their IT systems overnight, but according to my next guest, that may NOT be the case. For most organizations, particularly those with core business processes and technology that have been in place for many years, the prudent path forward is to digitally transform through modernisation – building off what you already have. To find out more, let’s meet Lars Rossen, Fellow and Chief Architect at the global technology company Micro Focus.

For most organizations, in particular businesses with essential processes and technology that have been in place for decades, the most logical path forward is to digitally transform through modernization. These core systems generally touch business-critical data, which is likely why senior IT executives say 85 percent of these applications are expected to be classified as strategic over the long run. Moreover, these systems are often the first to be negatively impacted by new initiatives, given the IP and supporting processes that are often built up around them. This is one key reason why less than a third IT project implementations are successful. With the stakes so high, protecting current processes, leveraging previous investments and utilizing in-place resources naturally represents a lower-risk opportunity.

Compare this to the alternative of starting from scratch, with a largely new set of technologies. Initially there are many perceived benefits to this, including access to cutting-edge technologies and new ways of thinking and solving problems, which is why it tends to be the default methodology. But once theory is confronted by reality, most instead find the net result to be added risk, downtime, complexity, re-education, and resource drain.

While every project varies in both magnitude and difficulty, we believe there are critical factors for lasting success.  With digital transformation, core elements include:

  • Build and Deliver Faster with Enterprise DevOps– Reduce operational friction with automation and enhanced collaboration, boost business confidence knowing that quality and security are optimized, and deliver better outcomes with a level of ongoing assessment and course correction on core business processes.
  • Run and Transform with Hybrid IT Management – Deliver services on demand and generate operational and business insights to extend existing investments and take advantage of new platforms – from containers, to public clouds, to IoT.
  • Analyze in Time to Act with Predictive Analytics– Learn more about unmet customer needs, under-funded parts of the business and emerging business models to drive the top line. At the same time, advanced analytics can help organizations more efficiently identify what data it needs to protect, processes that can be expedited and more.
  • Protect What Matters Most with Security, Risk & Governance– Safeguard the assets that matter most: identities, applications and data. This is important all the time, but perhaps never more relevant than during a period of transition, when processes and technology are evolving.