5 Key Findings to Drive Your Business Forward in 2023

By Juan Orlandini, Chief Technology Officer, North America & Distinguished Engineer

In our latest Insight-commissioned annual Foundry survey, we are defining digital transformation as adapting the organization to a “digital-first” approach by leveraging technology such as cloud, IoT, data analytics (including AI), mobility, and security to innovate or modernize a business function.

Continue reading as we uncover the top IT objectives for enabling digital transformation in 2023 — and discover the key factors necessary for driving business success this year.

1. Optimize data & analytics with AI, ML & IoT.

51%25 of organizations said that optimizing data and analytics capabilities — such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Internet of Things (IoT) — is at the top of their list of 2023 IT objectives.

Data is crucial to the success of every digital transformation initiative, but as the volume of data continues to increase, businesses have been struggling to keep up. Results show 72% of organizations agree data volumes are growing too fast for manageability, bringing AI, ML, and IoT into the conversation.

Intelligent edge solutions are all about analyzing data at the right level and at the right location to create actionable insights that accelerate innovation.

IoT devices > Edge compute > AI and ML

By utilizing AI, ML, and IoT technologies to optimize the quality and speed of data analysis, businesses gain a competitive edge to stay agile and operate quicker. Gathering, organizing, and interpreting the correct data is critical to informed decision-making — and these three quickly evolving tools are the key to turning data into transformational outcomes.

Aligning data optimization efforts with business strategies can be daunting, but with the power of innovation, AI, ML, and IoT help companies capture the value of their data and drive business success. This year, gain an advantage over competition and take your data to the next level with business intelligence and advanced data analytics.

2. Increase cloud adoption via multicloud or hybrid cloud.

54%25 of data at respondents’ organizations, on average, now resides in a public or hybrid cloud.

As the cloud continues to grow in popularity, the related services, environments, and capabilities continue to grow as well. And with so many private and public clouds to choose from, it can be challenging for organizations to choose just one. Fortunately, there are various cloud approaches to meet your business and technical goals, including multicloud and hybrid cloud.

Adopting a multicloud or hybrid cloud strategy can offer better flexibility, resiliency, portability, security, and stability for your organization — and having a clear understanding of your specific business goals and objectives will position your organization to more effectively identify the optimal cloud solution.

Finding the right cloud approach can be challenging — especially when there are so many paths to adoption and optimization. The key to a successful cloud journey starts with a customized strategy and roadmap that ensures businesses aren’t accidentally creating technical debt, overloading teams, and/or creating vendor lock-in. Creating foundational systems and platforms that leverage the best of each data environment is critical and should be a top priority when increasing cloud adoption via multicloud or hybrid cloud.

Whether your goal is to modernize while you migrate, manage cloud for budgeting purposes, or improve cloud security, Insight can help make sure you’re adopting the right cloud strategy to drive your business forward.

3. Modernize legacy infrastructure & networking technologies.

50%25 of organizations cited that optimizing IT infrastructure through better monitoring and management is the top overall technology initiative over the next 12 months.

Legacy infrastructure and networking technologies no longer offer the flexibility, connectivity, and security required for the advanced applications and use cases powering innovation today. Modern and agile infrastructure has become necessary for adapting to ongoing change and empowering innovative business strategies — driving organizations to prioritize IT infrastructure and network modernization initiatives in the coming year.

Modern infrastructure encompasses a stack of next-generation technology and services — including cloud, networking, automation, security, and more — all helping to enable growth and innovation through modern platform management that equips developers to bring value to the business faster while also making operations more efficient.

As an experienced and trusted partner, Insight helps organizations modernize legacy infrastructure and networking technologies based on what each business needs to succeed in digital operations. Learn more on how Insight brings together modern platforms, operations, and applications to help businesses achieve their digital transformation goals in this ebook: Modern Metamorphosis: The Imperative to Transform With Purpose.

4. Mitigate risk with stronger cybersecurity programs.

51%25 of organizations report being impacted by a cybersecurity breach over the past 12 months.

A lack of a unified, proactive approach to security and governance can be a direct inhibitor to digital transformation. And with the increasing amount, persistence, and quality of cyberthreats, bolstering cybersecurity efforts has never been more important.

This year, organizations looking to improve their security stance are focused on improving detection of emerging threats and threat response/remediation capabilities. Mitigating existing and future threats starts with shoring up current security, integrating new security solutions where gaps exist — and most importantly, moving to a modem where security is built into your IT and development efforts so you are secure by design.

Ensure the protection of critical infrastructure and data with strategic security services from Insight — learn more about our approach to cybersecurity in our solution brief.

5. Integrate insights from edge devices into data analysis.

64%25 of organizations expect an increase in data driven by edge workloads in the next 12 months.

35% of the average organization’s data estate is driven by edge workloads today, with volumes expected to increase over the next year, making edge compute and analytics a top priority for many businesses.

With the growth of IoT technologies, there is an increasing amount of data for organizations to collect and analyze. Edge analytics helps automate and expedite this process by offering fast and decentralized insights from data sets collected at the edge of the network — in turn, enabling faster decision-making for businesses.

Learn more about how Insight helps businesses implement intelligent edge solutions to drive faster actionability in this infographic: Intelligence at the Edge.

Accelerate your journey to digital transformation with Insight — contact us today to see how we can help drive your business forward.