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Dataquest, India: Cognizant’s Executive Vice President, Digital Systems and Technology, Outlines Key Factors for Successful Digital Transformation

“Going digital is definitely not a hasty leadership push to outdo the competition by purchasing bespoke technology stacks, laying out the piece parts and assembling them together to get a digital enterprise,” writes Pradeep Shilige. “It is a complex and introspective journey that demands bold decisions to simplify, modernize and secure the company’s digital assets to achieve the nirvana.” Excerpts:

“In every industry around the world, companies are keen to pursue an ideal mix of best practices, technologies and thinking, to be truly digital. Digital transformation is not all plug-and-play.

Here is a three-point blueprint that helps any organization get started on its digital transformation journey.

IT complexity can be overwhelming, and could be a hindrance rather than enabler in digital business. Only those who declutter, will emerge winners in the digital race.

Modernization has become imperative for competing in today’s hyper-personalized and always-on digital marketplace, where informed customers expect services and offers that suit their personalities and unique needs.

Today, digital security grabs headlines more often than ever before, with attacks of shocking scale and depths being reported from around the world. An IT manager of today should not only avoid attacks, but also make it safer, quicker, and more flexible for permissioned users to seamlessly deal with data and systems.

In the pursuit of becoming truly digital, CIOs and IT organizations should re-think how to build and maintain an efficient, resilient and safe digital backbone by simplifying, modernizing and securing their IT infrastructure. A good start would be to implement a right investment and change management plan, building team skills, and aligning all such changes with the company’s overall business vision.”

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