Only 14% of companies around the world have reached digital maturity

Ubiquity, budget and investments optimization, and information security are just some of the benefits that cloud computing offers companies.

Buenos Aires – March 12, 2021 – After an unusual year, companies around the world have been forced to rethink their business model.  These companies, faced with a digital transformation that included internal and external operational changes, were met with two important challenges: maintaining operations available and guaranteeing remote access to information.

This year’s accelerated digital transformation proved that many companies were not ready to adapt so quickly to a new way of working. In fact, a study conducted by Accenture shows that only 14% of companies worldwide are digitally mature, indicating a clear need to evolve business operations as soon as possible. This, however, must be done on a different scale to quickly cover each interaction point between the organization’s collaborators and their users. Additionally, to continue operating in uncertain times, companies and government entities had to incorporate new practices involving their processes, people, and the technology available to support them.

“Faced with this situation, if companies wish to remain in the market, cloud computing is a fundamental tool to consider. It provides not only agile growth, but also ubiquity, information security, and budget and investment optimization.”, as stated by Diego Jiménez Torres, Regional Product Leader of IFX Networks.

Considering Jiménez Torres’ expert opinion, it is worth highlighting the advantages of each of these benefits since they confirm that cloud technology has become an enormous ally during the pandemic and will continue to be part of society’s “new normal”:

  • Ubiquity: The employer and employee’s respective locations are no longer an issue since the cloud can be accessed anywhere at any time, all the while taking security measures into account.
  • Information security: This is possible thanks to robust, reliable, and secure architectures that support cloud environments and CSPs (Cloud Service Providers), giving the customer peace of mind.
  • Budget and investment optimization: A common issue for most organizations is having a limited budget for Information Technology. Going from a Capex model (investing in capital goods) to Opex (investing in maintaining or improving physical assets) not only optimizes investments and fixed assets, but also provides other benefits such as tax reductions when applying VAT exemptions in countries such as Colombia. Additionally, fast implementation can greatly help customers.
  • Fast growth according to the business’ needs: We believe that our customers should grow according to their individual needs. Therefore, we avoid oversizing capacities (which is sometimes done in traditional environments) as it can affect user experience.

What type of cloud is best?

When choosing a cloud infrastructure for storage, management and data computing purposes, companies (regardless of their industry) seek specific functionalities under strict quality criteria.

If servers and storage need to be supplied by a service provider, a public cloud is recommended. In contrast, in a private or corporate cloud, resources are used exclusively by the company or customer either in their own facilities or outside of them. Additionally, if a mixed service is required, the most convenient type would be a hybrid cloud.

Consequently, companies such as IFX Networks offer products that provide hybrid environments which interconnect public clouds with resources in private clouds and offer flexibility to customers’ service needs. This provides companies with organization and the best, personalized structure according to their operations. Among these solutions, IFX Clear Path stands out allowing the end user to improve their communication experience with their resources in various public clouds.

IFX Clear Path is supported by a robust regional IP/MPLS network that ensures high performance private connectivity with guaranteed bandwidth and end-to-end stability. In addition, it allows users to grow gradually but swiftly with a cost-effective solution. It also gives the customer the possibility of expanding its monitoring scopes to its dedicated circuit.

How to migrate properly

The key is to have a partner with experience in migration and in analyzing the business. This is because, depending on its impact, different strategies can be used.

It is important that the nature of the applications used is known so that good practices are carried out. This is because, in some cases, migrating is as simple as activating an application’s functionality. In other cases, if there are problems on current platforms, a clean migration is recommended.

In turn, it is necessary to provide the infrastructure from scratch, deploy applications and migrate information to avoid uploading local errors to the cloud. Lastly, the partner should have professional services and their own connectivity. This helps considerably in terms of optimizing time and expenses when carrying out migration processes.

“In any migration process, protecting data is essential. Therefore, we at IFX Networks are working on a multi-cloud strategy in which connection possibilities are sufficient to improve our customers’ experience. This allows them to have much more robust and reliable IT schemes for their businesses”, Jiménez Torres concludes.