Digital Transformation Requires a Solid Monitoring Foundation


Innovative companies are asking some very big, transformative questions today: “What do we want to be as a company?” and “what digital services should we employ to be that company?” These questions are the driving force behind enterprise digital transformation, which has become the new corporate obsession. By the end of 2017, more than 70 percent of the Global 500 will have dedicated digital transformation teams, according to IDC. And investment in digital transformation initiatives will reach $2.2 trillion by 2019, which is 60 percent more than last year.

Digital transformation is not something you just flip the switch on one day and “poof,” you’re transformed. It’s a strategic, gradual process that requires planning. A dedicated team and budget allocated to digital transformation is a step in the right direction. But the hard part is determining exactly where to start.

Cloud’s role in digital transformation

The cloud will become omnipresent in digital transformation and is a natural starting point. The ability to quickly scale up and down with cloud-based technologies enables digitalization and can facilitate rapid business change. But a blanket lift and shift of legacy workloads to the cloud is not realistic for most enterprises.

Established enterprises have legacy systems and applications that cannot be migrated to the cloud overnight, and even some assets must stay on premise due to regulatory requirements. The key is to bridge forward to the cloud by identifying the first initiatives to take on that will increase the likelihood of success, win confidence of the organization, and demonstrate impact.

In addition to new applications that will be cloud-first or cloud-only, your enterprise may have thousands of applications that could be considered for cloud migration. Perhaps you narrow this down to a few hundred. From there, how do you decide which ones make the most sense for cloud deployment?

While any legacy application could theoretically be migrated to the cloud, the ROI to the business, the technical implications and the performance impact must be understood before making a final decision. This requires visibility into the full stack: from the network to the application layer.

Enterprises that leverage Application Performance Monitoring solutions, like Riverbed SteelCentral™, have found that the visibility they gain end-to-end is as critical to planning their digital transformation changes as it is to monitoring performance of digital transformation changes.

Using APM to monitor business-crucial applications and services brings together data about every part of the network into one complete view of the application infrastructure. This visibility into existing legacy infrastructure allows an enterprise to understand each application’s consumption and assess the feasibility of migrating an application to the cloud. By evaluating geographical growth, growth in user base, feature consumption, and more, an enterprise can make informed decisions about what applications to move to the cloud.

Riverbed recently announced that Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping operator, is using Riverbed SteelCentral to support its digital transformation journey. Maersk recognized that having a scalable and stable digital platform infrastructure and end-to-end visibility across its digital services and into the cloud would be critical as the company transformed from 20 percent digital revenue to over 90 percent.

SteelCentral provides the solid monitoring foundation that is needed for successful enterprise digital transformation initiatives.

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