While not planning for digital transformation could push a company out of business, there are also many security challenges to the transformation of legacy infrastructure.
Over the next five years, the global Digital Transformation Market is expected to cross US$ 462 billion. The transformation will be across the board- cloud operators, e-commerce providers, payment gateways, governments, and all businesses verticals and sectors, globally. But along with this digital transformation, value addition and changes there is an increased risk of cyber-attacks.
Let’s take a look at The Cloud. While being one of the key players of digital transformation strategies, it is expected to face some security vulnerabilities in 2019. Unless there are proper safeguards in place to protect data, security will be a major threat for organizations migrating to the Cloud. The year 2019, is expected to see a change in the modus operandi of cyber attackers who will target third-party vendors, customers or partners to gain access to the target’s network. Most companies with legacy infrastructure have networks that are past the sell date, and that is the biggest reason for them still being traditional, and not agile. Going to the cloud would be their most significant move, but that would create an urgent need to replace legacy infrastructure with next-gen network solutions. The benefits of this move will be many but challenges will be there as well.
The next biggest hurdle to this modernisation of legacy infrastructure may not come from technology – but from people. The massive shift in organizational culture that accompanies changes in tech tools take time to settle in, and the solution could be reaching out to users for their feedback, and add the features into the new system as per their preference.
Third, , a full blown transformation may need business downtime and most companies fear the gap. The answer to this could be to ensure the compatibility of the new move with the current infrastructure and employee usability, thus rendering the transition comparatively seamless.
The very prevalent fears that automation or AI will replace their jobs can be laid to rest by proper planning, skill up gradation and protocols that will create enough knowledge dissemination to fights these fears.
While there is no escaping the digital transformation journey, having certain checks on the roadmap will make it an easier one. The support of a managed service partner could be a great support in mitigating the challenges and making the move a smooth one.