by Jeremy H • November 9, 2020
When it comes to digital transformation, nearly every organization has a complex agenda for microservices, microapp, and cloud-services adoption. But with so many steps in the digital transformation process – and countless SaaS vendors pushing their “perfect” solutions onto your desk – planning and implementing a complete IT modernization strategy can feel like a Herculean task.
To prevent you from getting overwhelmed, we suggest that you start by seizing the “low-hanging digital transformation fruit” first. These are the easy-to-implement, low-risk solutions that will bring immediate benefits without a lot of fuss. In this article, we’ll give you a list of questions that will help identify low-risk digital transformation wins, and we’ll suggest four easy strategies that will get you started on the right track – and save you money in the process!
No matter how simple a digital transformation objective appears, it’s important to analyze the potential advantages and disadvantages of implementation. By answering the following questions first, you should be able to identify the clear digital transformation wins:
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While it takes a little bit of time to answer these questions before implementation, the process offers a layer of insurance against unintentionally wasting your time on an unprofitable venture.
In the following sections, we provide four easy-to-implement digital transformation strategies that could save your organization a considerable amount of time, labor, and money (just remember to answer the above questions before pulling the trigger)!
Is your organization paying for the licensing and server resources required to host dev-test applications on-premises? Moving these assets to the cloud is an easy, no-risk proposition that will reduce your server licensing and resource expenditures.
Dev-test applications are pre-production and non-operational assets – so moving them to the cloud during testing and development doesn’t threaten your critical systems. More importantly, developers aren’t working with dev-test apps 24-hours a day, and there is no reason to pay for on-site hosting while dev-test apps are idle. This is the advantage of a cloud-hosted test environment or sandbox: You only pay for the hosting hours you use.
By migrating your dev-test apps to the cloud, you’ll receive the following benefits:
A lot of developer tools – including the DreamFactory API manager and iPaaS – offer cloud-based dev-test environments, so your team can develop new apps and services in a secure, scalable, cloud-hosted sandbox. Dreamfactory sandboxes provide developers with all of the tools they need – including automatic REST API generation tools – for developing and testing advanced apps for the web, mobile, and IoT.
On-premises IT infrastructures use a significant amount of their resources to store rarely-accessed backup data. Saving this backup data is usually necessary for compliance or analytics reasons, but it’s non-operational and non-mission-critical. As a result, taking these systems offline for a short time and migrating them to an affordable cloud storage service doesn’t pose any risk to your operational systems. Meanwhile, it eliminates the high cost of provisioning and maintaining the on-premises systems needed to host this data on-site.
In a cloud storage cost-benefit analysis, Faronics says: “Switching to a cloud-based storage solution can result in significant savings. In a study by MindSHIFT, a cloud services provider, 56% of companies surveyed, reported an average of $75,000 saved annually when they moved operations to a cloud environment. The potential return on investment for businesses or schools moving to a cloud storage service can be huge.”
By moving your rarely-used backup data to cloud storage, you’ll receive the following benefits:
Many on-premises apps have made it easy to transition over to the cloud-based, SaaS versions of their products. For example, switching your team from on-premises Microsoft Office to cloud-based Office 365 is extremely simple and painless.
By taking advantage of these easy conversions to SaaS you’ll receive the following benefits:
The above suggestions are relatively painless “baby steps” on the long road to digital transformation. In addition to these ideas, you may also want to start incorporating various SaaS products and microservices into your existing IT infrastructure. This is where DreamFactory can help.
As an iPaaS (Integration-Platform-as-a-Service) and API Gateway, DreamFactory dramatically simplifies the process of integrating new apps and services into your existing IT infrastructure. For example, DreamFactory’s native integrations for OAuth services allow you to quickly implement an SSO strategy across all of your business systems. Plus, with DreamFactory’s automatic API generation tools, you never have to worry about the time it takes to code REST APIs – DreamFactory takes care of that job in minutes to provide you with a fully Swagger documented REST API!
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