IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 6
Winds of CHANGE
Now is the time for digital transformation on IBM Z
n the northern hemisphere, seasonal changes in the weather are upon us.
The familiar March winds and April showers aren't entirely welcome, but
typical and expected.
is director of
Regular, significant change is
no stranger in global enterprise
IT-in fact, change is a constant.
Fresh winds are never far away,
blowing through the corridors of
IT like an unwanted storm, risking
all in its path. A topical example
for many is the maelstrom of digital transformation.
Going digital is a here-and-now IT
concern-online transactions on
Cyber Monday reached a record
$6.59 billion, according to Adobe
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Consider there are now 5 billion
mobile phone users-a jump of
almost 1 billion devices in five
years, according to Statista.com.
And look at the rich capabilities
smartphones offer in terms of
Digital demands attention: A
Micro Focus survey (microfocus.
com/futureofCOBOL) found that
IT budgets are being explicitly
diverted toward newer digital
systems of engagement. In just
four years, the proportion of
IT budgets invested in digital
systems has climbed from 20
percent to 55 percent. Almost
all banks in the U.S., Germany,
U.K. and Switzerland already
have a defined digital transformation strategy, a GFT study
However, embracing the digital
world organizationally isn't so
easy to achieve. Only 5 percent
of organizations think they have
mastered the task, notes an ESG
study (bit.ly/2oCf6j7), while a
2017 Couchbase survey found
that 80 percent are at risk of being
left behind by digital transformation (bit.ly/2uy7wc9).