Digital Transformation in NZ – What CIOs really need to know

digitaltransformationNZ It’s hard to shock any CIO these days with word of new advances and ‘game-changing’ innovations, but how do you best ride this wave of rapid digitalisation? We hear the term ‘digital transformation’ thrown about so much that it inevitably leads to different interpretations and differing opinions on what it actually means, what actions to take and what technologies to deploy. We as digital leaders and IT leaders need a way to explain it all back to our businesses because adapting to these innovations is our number one priority. This change isn’t going to stop; there will always be new things we need to comprehend and implement.

Digital made simple

The easiest way to understand how digital transformation can be applied to your organisation is to focus on the steps involved, not the technology. A universal theory of digitalisation is what we like to term it – this is how we take a business problem or a challenge and put it through a process to come out with an informed outcome. The process of digital transformation  Data – Gather data points. Information – Visualise data to understand what is happening. Gaps – Identify what gaps there are in the data that need to be addressed. Insight – Why is this happening? What patterns and insights can be gathered? Think – What can we do to change and improve it? Act – Make the change. Learn – Loop back and examine if the solution is working and continually refine it. I talk in more depth about this process in one of my previous blogs here. 

How CIOs can make it work 

At the heart of the digital transformation process lies enterprise applications. These are the essential business IT systems that increase productivity, improve customer satisfaction and, ultimately, deliver cost reductions in a fiercely competitive business environment. The CIO agenda is being driven by these needs and many organisations are outsourcing part, or all, of their enterprise applications portfolio to a specialist business applications services provider. At Fujitsu, we are applying this D.I.G.I.T.A.L process to our work with organisations and achieving outstanding results. By leveraging our global alliance with Microsoft, together, we are building solutions that meet the application project and application outsourcing needs of our customers.

Results that stand out 

We were recently recognised for our implementation expertise at this year’s Microsoft Partner Awards, where we were commended for our clear focus on cloud transformation, particularly around Office 365 and cloud-based mobility device management. The Microsoft stack is enabling dramatic transformation to occur and in today’s world, it’s a must not a maybe to leverage new advances. Our best-in-class capability around Windows 10 migrations is evidenced by the more-than-15,000 seats we deployed in 2016. One of our stand-out implementations was for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and our work has now helped them embrace digital to begin transforming education assessment. Download our infographic to find out how NZQA’s move to Windows 10 has increased staff mobility and boosted productivity.

 

 

 

 

Or if you’re ready to see what’s right for your business, book an appointment with our Workplace Anywhere Team to run a proof of concept. Book my appointment.

Insights Quarterly – Focus on Applications and Security in Australia

 Applications and Security

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest edition of Insights Quarterly, a joint research initiative between Fujitsu and Microsoft, focuses on the much discussed topic of Application Security. The research, which is the result of surveying over 100 Australian CIOs confirms that security is no longer a second-level issue for CIOs – it is now well and truly top of mind. This concern is largely in the light of increased mobility.  Many organisations are having trouble addressing security issues and accommodating requirements such as support for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies.

Interestingly, despite strong concerns about all aspects of security, many user organisations are having difficulty addressing the issues. This is often because security only becomes a pressing concern once systems are compromised, and because many classes of security threats are comparatively new and there is a low level of awareness about how to deal with them.

Other findings of the report are that cloud computing is now considered ‘mainstream’, applications are migrating very quickly to mobile platforms and the cloud, and packaged software is becoming the norm.

The research is published on the Insights Quarterly Website: http://www.insightsquarterly.com.au, which contains the current and past reports as well as supporting research notes and PowerPoint presentations.

Windows XP, sadly it’s time to move on

XP

For more than a decade, Windows XP has been the operating system of choice for enterprises. From 8 April 2014 – Microsoft will end its support for Windows XP and after this date it will no longer issue the software releases that guard against viruses, spyware and intrusion. As a result, all organisations still operating on Windows XP need to consider their options.

It’s time to change
Since the launch of Windows XP back in 2001, end-user computing has moved on significantly, with employee requirements and organisational productivity driving the pace of change. In the digital era, your employees expect to be able to work anywhere. Meanwhile, your customers continue to expect consistent levels of service across multiple channels and your organisation expects to be able to compete. Meeting these expectations via an update programme, however, can be a major challenge for IT departments.

Those programmes that are already underway will possibly already feature missed deadlines and spiralling costs. Those that have yet to start must take into consideration not just an upgrade of the operating system and associated hardware but also the compatibility of the entire enterprise applications estate.

It doesn’t have to be stressful
A major migration project is not without risks. Thankfully with many of these migrations under our belt, Fujitsu has fine tuned the processes to enable organisations to move with a minimal impact to their business – while also enabling substantial organisational improvements. Continue reading