Want To Drive Digital Transformation? Take A Cloud Road Trip

David Sweetman

Sweetman-2.jpgAmid a flurry of new digital technologies including mobile, analytics, social media, and data sensors, businesses are looking for a game changer. But with flat IT budgets and an ever-expanding array of applications and technology, innovation can be elusive. Many IT organizations are doing double-time just to keep up with daily operations, leaving little time to focus on the strategic initiatives that help businesses prosper in the long term.

Finding the best cloud technology solutions can help organizations focus on innovation by supporting faster service provisioning, reducing IT costs, and perhaps most importantly, increasing business agility. In fact, cloud computing can help companies service the demands of the business by reducing IT cycle times, increasing efficiency, reaching new customers, and expanding strategic advantages. With the ability to quickly adapt to changing business conditions, business can optimize inventory or make personalized sales recommendations – all in real time – and so improve sales results.

Going digital

Before you embark on any digital transformation, you must identify the opportunity, quantify its value, and develop a plan – ideally one that your business and IT teams develop and execute together. To make this goal a reality, you need a simplified IT foundation that is accessible, standardized, and resilient.

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Cloud journey road map

The cloud road map: driving transformation

The cloud supports digital transformation, clearing a path for unprecedented efficiency and agility. Organizations can quickly adopt innovative solutions, rethink how you run your business, streamline processes, and invent new business models. But questions remain about how and when to adopt cloud technology. Which of your business areas would benefit most from a cloud-based solution? How will the cloud integrate with your existing technology? How can you benefit from its scalability? Where do you begin?

With these five factors in mind, you can develop a transformation road map that makes the most of your current IT landscape while realizing the full potential of cloud computing:

  1. Simplify the sourcing, operating, and maintenance of business solutions
  2. Understand the technical aspects of cloud deployment
  3. Identify where cloud technologies could have the greatest impact
  4. Ensure that your cloud deployment meets your IT requirements and business imperatives
  5. Determine the best path for your company, now and in the future

Higher education reaches for the cloud

La Trobe University is a leading Australian university with campuses across the state of Victoria and partnerships throughout Asia and the Pacific. With more than 35,000 students, 3,000 staff members, and annual revenues of $600 million, La Trobe has global reach and international operations. But behind its premier educational environment, La Trobe was running a mix of customized, disparate, and nonscalable IT systems that were expensive to maintain.

The existing infrastructure offered little hope of meeting the demands placed on it by the university’s current challenges: education reform, increased competition, and international expansion. La Trobe wanted to move away from managing assets to managing information and people, with a strong focus on innovation and integration. With best practices and guided implementation, the university embarked on a transformation built on a cloud digital-first strategy by standardizing and simplifying business processes to support more flexible growth.

Getting on the road

As business becomes increasingly digital, complex, and global, organizations must keep up, transitioning to systems that maximize efficiency and agility. Cloud technologies can speed adoption, simplify processes, and support innovation, providing the best of both simplicity and performance.

SAP Service and Support can help you adopt, implement, and achieve cloud-computing success now and in the future. To learn more, take a look at our brochure, or visit us online.

David Sweetman is a senior marketing director for SAP. David has worked for over 20 years in a Sweetman-1variety of management, strategy, launch, business development, and marketing positions in enterprise software and consulting. His current focus is on the SAP cloud portfolio, including the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, HANA Cloud Platform, and the Line of Business Cloud products and services. David holds a B.A (Hons.) in business and information systems from Huddersfield University in the U.K. and an MBA in management and international business from the University of Colorado.

 


David Sweetman

About David Sweetman

David Sweetman is a Senior Director of Global Marketing at SAP. He is an accomplished software executive applying extensive business experience to develop and execute global product vertical and channel strategies that drive results. David has hands-on 360-degree experience of the software marketing, channels, sales, development and delivery processes.