Digital Transformation

To realize the benefits of the digital future, forward-thinking organizations are transforming everything from their business models to their operational processes and network architecture.

Reaching the goal of changing how they “serve customers, employees and partners; support continuous improvement in business operations; disrupt existing businesses and markets; and invent new businesses and business models” takes a well-planned business strategy, analyst firm 451 Research says.

For a growing number of organizations, that strategy includes Hybrid IT — infrastructure that includes some combination of public and/or private cloud, managed hosting, and on-premises or co-located data centers — linked by a robust network.

In a Hybrid IT environment, organizations can manage both internal and customer-facing applications that reduce downtime, save money, increase productivity, and deliver new solutions — everything from SaaS to address applicable workloads, public cloud infrastructure to support custom application development and complex projects around data analytics, and workload migration from on-premise servers to the cloud.

The speed, agility, and scale that come with a Hybrid IT environment also require a connective network infrastructure that can scale and change with the IT platforms that run across it. To meet those demands, the network has to be faster, more powerful, more scalable, more reliable, and more flexible than ever.

Organizations don’t necessarily need huge budget increases to obtain these new services or infrastructure. By reducing costs for existing activities and processes, a shift to Hybrid IT can free up funding to support digital transformations.

Agility to aggregate, unify, and scale

Hybrid IT gives businesses access to agile computing and infrastructure, allowing them to build a platform that can aggregate, unify, and scale services while increasing their functionality. Most businesses that pursue a Hybrid IT strategy will configure on-premise and hosted cloud resources to interoperate in support of application lifecycle, workload portability and delivery across environments.

By combining public and private resources, organizations can tap into hybrid cloud’s powerful benefits — improved agility, seamless scalability and reduced capital expenditures. The private cloud component lets businesses retain strong control of sensitive customer data while the complete environment is flexible enough to support highly customized applications.

Managed services lighten the load

Most also recognize a need to align themselves with partners and consultants to provide expertise and guidance to properly fulfill their digital requirements. Using a managed services provider can lighten the load for overstretched IT departments by lowering costs and making an IT team more agile.

To fully take advantage of the available managed services options, an IT department must become adept at managing relationships with external providers and internal users. To avoid shadow IT and loss of control, IT departments must evolve as an enabling force that uses a combination of its own expertise and third-party capabilities to satisfy business needs.

That might seem like a lot to digest and implement, but your organization’s transformation to a more agile infrastructure may be closer than you think. CenturyLink’s hybrid cloud and IT services allow you to create the perfect mix for solutions that require dynamic or highly changeable workloads. With Advanced Managed Services, you’ll also have the power to manage and support infrastructure anywhere.

Stretching IT budgets, optimizing your network, increasing security, or being able to respond faster to business demands requires a combination of networking and solutions experience that makes CenturyLink a strong partner in your digital transformation. The CenturyLink Cloud is reliable, secure, robust, and global.