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5 Things That Can Seriously Screw Up Your Digital Transformation

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Transformation can be a scary word, especially in the digital landscape. Change can be risky, but you know what’s riskier?

Complacency in today’s ever-changing technology landscape. With that said, digital transformation has been a huge buzzword in the industry as of late. There’s an obvious reason why that is. Digital transformation is no longer a nice-to-have add-on—it’s a necessity

As you dive into the world of digital transformation, there are a few things you must avoid in order to make it a painless and successful transition. While it can be difficult at times, it’s all going to be worth avoiding those surprise headaches in the future.    

Let’s get right into the top 5 things that can screw up your digital transformation. 

1. Not Implementing DevOps

In software development, DevOps is like an Ironman and Jarvis combo. It’s all about teamwork between developers and IT professionals working toward a common goal. 💪

DevOps breaks down traditional silos between development and operations teams to create a shared responsibility culture for software development, testing, deployment, and maintenance. Essentially, it’s all about working with each other to reach the end goals more efficiently, thus saving time, money,  and possible process interference. This leads to overall better outcomes for the business as a whole.

If you still have the barriers of a traditional siloed team, you could be limiting your overall process efficiency. Software releases can take much longer and quality can also take a hit, as it’s quite difficult to identify and fix issues early on in the developmental process when teams aren’t collaborating. 

The result? Increased costs, slower times to market, and frustrated employees. 

Avoid these issues by adopting a DevOps mindset. Maybe even defeat Thanos while you’re at it. 😬

➡️ Check out 4 DevOps trends for 2023.

2. Not Implementing Event-Driven Architecture

At the core of event-driven architecture (EDA), is a scalable and flexible system that can adapt to changes and make important decisions—all in real-time.

Here’s a brief example of EDA at work within the cybersecurity realm.  An employee is about to receive a phishing email. The EDA detects the threat and blocks it before it hits the user's inbox. Moments later, it then notifies the cybersecurity team of the attempted attack so they can look further into it. 

There are countless ways EDA can be used throughout the digital transformation landscape. But one thing is for certain… 

Without it, it’s very likely you will run into some issues that will need manual and time-consuming attention. Plus, your system won’t have the flexibility to add new features or make changes to existing ones when the time comes. 😤

Tackle these issues now with an EDA, instead of putting it off until something worse catches up with you. 

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3. Not Prioritizing Cybersecurity

According to Deep Instinct reporting, it takes cyber security teams the better part of 24 hours to respond to a cyber event after it’s been triggered. TWENTY-FOUR HOURS!

A lot can happen in 24 hours after an alert. If your cybersecurity measures take a backseat, all the other implementations you’ve put toward your digital transformation can be compromised all at once. Everything you’ve worked so hard for—gone in such little time. 😰

Instead, take an active approach to cybersecurity. If you’ve been paying attention, you can also use the event-driven architecture to respond to security events in seconds—not hours. 

As you introduce new technologies and systems to your processes, it’s critical to consider the security risks and thoroughly vet each new platform you integrate into your environment. Save time and major headaches down the road by putting cybersecurity first.

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4. Lacking the Agility, Scalability, and Flexibility Necessary to Transform

The process of digital transformation can fundamentally change the way your business operates and delivers value to your customers. That’s the point after all, right? 😬

Lacking agility, scalability, or flexibility all have the potential to bottleneck the process in one form or fashion. With agility, you’ll be able to quickly adapt to market conditions. Scalability ensures your digital solutions can accommodate growth with increasing demand. Flexibility enables you to modify and customize your digital solutions to meet their specific needs without any restrictions in the process chain.

Without these crucial components, your business may be unable to keep up with the rapid pace of technological change and may struggle to achieve your digital transformation goals. 😣

The good news is that by implementing a few (or all) of the suggestions in this article, you’ll forego your agility, scalability, and flexibility issues—for good. 

➡️ Learn how Direktiv can help with our serverless event-driven workflow platform.

5. Failing to Shift to Cloud Native

The term cloud native isn’t just about running existing applications in the cloud. No, it’s much more than that. Cloud native is used to describe software that is specifically designed to operate within a cloud computing environment. 

Since they reside in the cloud, this makes the applications easily scalable, manageable, and easily accessible by anyone on your IT team at any time. 

If you delay shifting to a cloud native computing environment, you open your business up to potential risks like reduced agility and limited scalability—sound familiar? On top of that, you will face potentially major integration challenges. What happens when that new piece of shiny technology isn’t compatible with your outdated system? 😫

Avoid these issues in your digital transformation by adopting a cloud native solution. 

➡️ Learn the 5 reasons engineers are shifting to cloud native.

Final Thoughts

With over 50% of the average IT department’s budget going toward maintenance, it’s no wonder that digital transformation has become a necessity. 

And now that you’ve read this article, you are better prepared to avoid the common pitfalls along the way. While it can be scary, having a partner like Direktiv can help you explode above these hurdles to return your agility, scalability, and flexibility—all with our event-driven orchestration platform.

Get in touch today to learn how Direktiv can ease your digital transformation pains and return you to maximum efficiency. 

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