It’s no great secret that IT modernisation of your systems and processes can deliver many crucial benefits, including revenue growth and the streamlining of business operations. When it comes to digital transformation, the ability to both modernise existing IT and integrate new technology is essential.

The more ambitious organisations will know that transitioning can help them become faster and smarter in day-to-day operations, as well as decision making and delivery. Companies that fail to modernise risk falling behind their market competitors. Overcoming the challenges associated with implementing an IT modernisation strategy is a vital first step.

Accomplish this, and you’ll be on your way to effecting positive change when it comes to the mentality and productivity of your teams. To navigate the new digital era, two approaches to IT are required: optimise how you manage and maintain your core IT system and, at the same time innovate by experimenting with new technology. A new IT vision is also required, one that combines applications, intelligent platforms, and inter-connected ecosystems. One that also understands the difference between modernisation and transformation – in order to understand which option makes more sense for your business.

IT modernisation centers around the concept of upgrading technology. That may include the adoption of new software or platforms driving tangible benefits such as improved end-user experience, faster response times, quicker fixes and increased uptime. Largely executed to streamline business operations and infrastructure, modernisation is usually based on long-term gains and may translate into relying less on expensive, complex legacy systems that are difficult to maintain.

Digital transformation on the other hand, requires a more holistic view of the business accounting for many potential variables. Organisations tend to benefit from creating a new set of core values and a strategic roadmap based on change, as well as utilizing the 4Ps (People, Process, Policy, and Platform). To achieve the greatest impact, your roadmap must be aligned to your overall business goals when it comes to increasing revenue. In addition, new ways of working and interacting will form part of a wider culture change, essential for successful transformation.

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Improved IT Staff Efficiencies

Without IT modernisation, teams tend to spend much more time on day-to-day operations such as supporting, managing, and securing IT infrastructure. Managing siloed systems, along with having to respond more frequently to issues and outages can result in insufficient security as well as IT operations inadequate for to meet customer demand.

Modernising enables staff to spend more time on other more valuable projects, and managers to better leverage the skillset of their team.

Increased IT Agility

Dated IT systems and processes can result in cumbersome operations that fail to meet the needs of a growing business. As strategies change, IT departments need to provide the resources required by the business and its customers. From storage to networking, communications to servers, outdated IT can hold back digital resource delivery to the business – costing in application development efforts.

With an infrastructure that requires less staff time for faster delivery, organizations can roll out new features and functionality. Application development teams can create more value for their business, with more time to focus on innovating with higher quality. Enhanced IT Performance and Security Businesses that fail to upgrade their IT environments may face significant issues relating to IT performance and security. Modernising IT not only minimises the associated costs by enabling businesses to reduce unplanned outages, it also decreases productivity expenses on average by 73% – and revenue loss by 69%.

Meanwhile, data protection initiatives can and ensure a more robust environment, with better security protocols that are able to limit the risk involved in unplanned outages.

HSO specialises in helping companies navigate that change. We have the expertise to modernise your infrastructure, and become more responsive to demand with faster release cycles, improved product management, and agile development methodologies. This is thanks to our own digital transformation experience, and the lessons learned from our own IT modernisation journey.