4 Digital Transformation Trends to Watch in 2015: A CIO’s Guide

By Andy Jones

Digital technologies have disrupted our workplaces and automated our ways of working for several years.  We’ll see more of that in 2015, but here’s the difference: More enterprise organizations will use this technology and automation as an opportunity to grow new business and revenue streams, reduce costs, improve their workflow, and more.

Andy Jones, vice president for Xerox Workflow Automation
“[In 2015,] more organizations will use digital technology and automation as an opportunity to grow new business and revenue streams.” — Andy Jones, vice president for Xerox Workflow Automation
This shift is the most revolutionary thing to happen to workplace since email and, given how much the Internet has revolutionized our lives in the past 10 years, chief information officers must embrace these changes. Those who do will help drive digital adoption, and create a vision for how their company will use them to engage with customers in new and innovative ways, and even re-think operations.

In order to stay afloat and deploy a successful digital transformation in your company, here are four key technology trends that will impact the workplace in 2015: Cloud-first strategies, Big Data Analytics, Social/Collaboration Embedding and Mobile Security.

Cloud-First Approach

According to IDC, spending on cloud based solutions will grow three times faster  over the next five years. Cloud computing technology is the foundation for many disruptive technologies, such as mobile and analytics – The Cloud’s impact cannot be overstated.

Data Analytics Will Produce New Business Insights

Big data analytics provide a number of enterprise benefits, but many organizations will be left in the dark if they don’t have the right tools to manage the flow of information. IDC estimates that the volume of global digital data doubles every two years, adding that 90 percent of all current digital data is unstructured. Choosing a tool that is flexible and scalable is critical to manage the flow of information.

Social/Collaboration Tools Will Be Embedded into Existing Enterprise Applications and Workflows

Collaborating across different offices, networks, organizations and international divisions becomes more simplified as organizations become more digital. Social tools open up new ways to understand and interact with customers and create new opportunities for all lines of business.

Better Security for Mobile Devices and Strategies

Mobility impacts every single industry, and provides new solutions and ways to process business transactions. In fact, Gartner predicts that by next year, more than 50 percent of knowledge workers will access their content from a mobile device. In order to maintain control over information that is accessed via mobile device, employers must give mobile workers a secure and easy way to access business documents and perform routine business processes with equal ease across both desktop and mobile interfaces.

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