Systems integration: A key first step in any digital transformation

Many IT leaders believe their organizations stand to lose revenue if they fail to complete their outstanding digital transformation (DX) initiatives. Of that number, many point to “systems integration” as a major challenge. Organizations interested in rapid innovation, increased agility, and sharper focus on the customer need to make sure systems integration is a priority.

Leaders in digital transformation, like Canadian housewares manufacturer and designer Umbra, believe integration is an essential facet of DX and must be foundational throughout a company’s digital journey. In this age of disruption, with motivated startups making noise and setting new baselines, companies can no longer afford to leave data trapped in silos. Doing so impairs an organization’s ability to gain that essential 360-degree customer view.

The IT team of a digital enterprise must have the ability to connect anything, anywhere, at any time. They need a single platform that enables operational data to be: aggregated, to reveal the big picture; integrated, to make it easier to spot dependencies; and shared, to drive key operational insights.

Leading organizations are already looking beyond “1.0” digital transformation to a future driven by next-gen IoT devices and such emerging technologies as AI, Machine Learning (ML), and Blockchain. The need for seamless data integration is going from must-have to must-have-to-survive.

And companies are managing more and more data sources, which means potentially richer and more complete insights about customers and how well (or poorly) businesses are being run. While “new” tech like AI and ML are showing great promise as tools to help organizations translate mountains of disparate data into coherent — and more importantly, actionable — insights, there are many potential points of failure going forward. For many businesses, data integration is proving to be a key stumbling block.

On April 10th, join ITWC CIO Jim Love, Umbra VP of Technology and Business Processes Tariq Jamal, and Dell Canada Technical Educator Brad Evans will explore how Umbra used small experiments to move past its business crushingly slow legacy systems to become a DX trailblazer.

Among the topics to be covered in this one-hour session:

  • The benefits of an iterative approach to DX
  • How to recognize and respond to changes in your marketplace
  • The challenges and opportunities of digital integration
  • How to boost innovation through experimentation and an agile approach to projects
  • How agile projects drive ROI

Register now to attend “Why Umbra stopped looking for a silver bullet solution.”

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