The Intelligent Enterprise: The Next Building Block In Lasting Digital Transformation

Paul Clark

For years, CIOs and their IT organizations have undergone a series of steps that drive their businesses closer to becoming bigger, better, and faster than any competitor. From ERP systems and data management to predictive analytics, cloud solutions, and mobile applications, every effort has become a building block for significant change.

In Accenture’s “Technology Vision 2018” report, 84% of executives agreed that such technological developments are weaving their companies seamlessly into the fabric of how people live. More than ever, companies are empowered to build stronger access and trust with their employees, customers, suppliers, and partners – making every part of the network indispensable and igniting tremendous growth.

This new reality is opening up an entirely new moment in digital transformation – the era of the Intelligent Enterprise. Businesses can use the connections and data that they have from their customers to change the way they engage with each other.

But first, businesses need to make the leap from data collection and simple analytics to capabilities that allow automation, predictive capabilities, and superhuman insight and decision-making.

How to navigate your path to the Intelligent Enterprise

Our world is quickly shaped by the force of intelligent technology, including digital commerce, cloud computing, analytics, artificial intelligence, and mixed reality. In return, organizations are equipped to go beyond responding to evolving dynamics to move strategically ahead of the competition through connected and continuous collaboration.

“With the pace that technology is moving, it’s important to enable collaboration across the board,” explained EY partner Catherine McCourt. “For example, in the Asia-Pacific region, companies are teaming up and forming ecosystems. With collaboration, they can differentiate themselves and create a competitive advantage.”

Britehouse, a Dimension Data company, understands how powerful collaborative efforts tied to technology can be. The provider of digital and automotive solutions is working with Intel to help reduce water access issues and improve the lives of locals – particularly in water-sensitive areas such as sub-Saharan Africa. Together, their efforts delivered a bulk water management solution, supported by a cloud platform, that addresses water inefficiencies and flow between crops and people.

The solution features a Sankey diagram visualization dashboard and a satellite image map that provide insight into bulk water management, similar to how factories handle production planning. Having this information in the cloud allows agricultural companies to get the insight they need to irrigate their crops efficiently and sustainable. They can view satellite imagery to assess the health of crop growth at a defined moment of time to determine where more fertilizer or water is needed or not needed. More importantly, local farming communities have the support they need to manage their bottom line while reaping the best-possible yield results.

When technology meets intelligence to shape future success

Everything we knew a decade ago about running a business has evolved to a point where nothing is recognizable anymore. But this doesn’t mean that such digital transformation has reached its end – on the contrary, it’s only beginning.

As Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies stated in the Deloitte “Tech Trends 2018” report, the next step in this digital rationalization and modernization journey is to “re-engineer the critical technology discipline and to create a foundation to compete in the brave new digital world.”

By breaking the components of traditional, monolithic, purely on-premise ERP systems, businesses have a distinct opportunity to run as intelligent enterprises. They will be the ones that tear down any remaining information and collaboration silos for good and foster a culture – internally and externally – that turns creative thinking into outcomes with stunning speed and impact.

For more on this topic, see Driving The Intelligent Enterprise.

About Paul Clark

Paul Clark is the Senior Director of Technology Partner Marketing at SAP. He is responsible for developing and executing partner marketing strategies, activities, and programs in joint go-to-market plans with global technology partners. The goal is to increase opportunities, pipeline, and revenue through demand generation via SAP's global and local partner ecosystems.