As an IT professional, you hear a lot about IT modernization. What exactly does that mean and how do you express the need for IT modernization to your customers in a way that is really meaningful to them?
First, IT modernization must be thought of in a much larger context than a straightforward upgrade. It should be considered holistically, as a strategic priority for organizations and a key driver of competition. Modernization initiatives can help eliminate the constraints of legacy infrastructure, improve operational efficiency, support emerging workloads, and strengthen the security of the enterprise. Without IT modernization, organizations will struggle to remain relevant in the data-driven, cloud era.
‘Business as Usual’ is Over
Today’s organizations must adapt quickly to change and employ technology to fuel competitive advantages. They must leverage big data, the cloud and intelligence capabilities to accelerate smarter decision-making and faster execution. Don’t allow your customers to be hampered by outdated IT.
• 71% of IT organizations cite legacy infrastructure as the biggest barrier to business transformation1
• 50% of global GDP will be digitized by 2021, with growth coming from digitally-enhanced offerings2
• Outdated infrastructures result in a 6X slower rate for product innovation and time to market3
Modernizing IT delivers the agile, flexible foundation required for digital transformation. It paves the way for workload-optimized and cloud-ready infrastructure that is capable of meeting the demands of next-generation workloads and applications such as AI.
4 Reasons to Modernize
There are qualitative and quantitative reasons for your customers to consider IT modernization:
Decrease costs. Organizations that modernize experience significantly less downtime and the lost productivity that goes with it.
Improve data security and compliance. Hardware-based security adds protection while software-defined network features improve network security from the edge to the cloud to the data center.
Simplify the path to hybrid cloud. Modern infrastructures support mission-critical applications with highly scalable performance and capacity while IT services can be deployed quickly and centrally managed.
Support expanding workloads and DevOps. Boost the performance of demanding workloads and speed the time-to-insight with advanced analytics and AI.
Start the Conversation
The upcoming end-of-life for Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 signals an urgent call to action to discuss migration strategies with your customers. Modern software is designed for optimal performance when coupled with modern hardware. Intel® Xeon® platforms provide the latest in hardware-based security, performance enhancements and converged designs needed to support today’s most demanding workloads.
1. ESG 2017 (https://www.emc.com/collateral/analyst-reports/esg-dellemc-it-transformation-maturity-report.pdf)
2. IDC 2018 Predictions https://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2017/10/31/idc-2018-predictions-if-youre-not-in-the-cloud-youre-isolated-from-innovation/)
3. The Enterprise Strategy Group, 2017; 2. IDC 2015 (https://www.emc.com/collateral/analyst-reports/idc-why-upgrade-server-infrastructure.pdf)