The digital transformation train is moving faster than anticipated

How the need to solve the challenges that the pandemic imposed on organizations of all types and around the world, is accelerating the adoption of cloud technologies.

The train of digital transformation not only left the station long ago but is running full speed ahead. When talking about the adoption of cloud technologies by the organizations that make up the global productive fabric -from small businesses to governments- the question changed from “when will it happen?” to be “how fast will it happen?”;; the data already points us towards an answer.

If we use the United States, the world’s largest computer market as a barometer, the trend is clear. According to newly published figures from the research firm Canalys, during the four quarters of 2020 and the first half of 2021, investment in cloud services grew steadily by more than 30%. Only in the first quarter of the current year, the US invested more than $ 18 billion, 29% more than in the previous quarter, which represents the highest number in the last two years, making clear a trend of rising demand.

But if we want to get an idea of ​​how fast this train will go, we will have to analyze what is the fuel that impulses it. According to Canalys´ data, this acceleration of digital transformation projects is directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, or rather, to the mechanisms that organizations, almost without exception, have had to implement to stay afloat in the midst ofduring the complete disruption of productive activities caused by the pandemic. Now that world economies are beginning to recover, companies of all sizes and productive activities are not only reactivating migration projects that had been put on hold due to the crisis, they are also stepping on the accelerator, dedicating more resources to accelerate the processes. To this must be added the impetus that the sanitary confinement gave to the adoption of commerce and the consumption of entertainment from remote platforms.

But if there is something that has fanned the flames of digital transformation, it has been remote work; or, in many cases now that we have left confinement behind, the work schemes that combine the office duty with remote work. As companies reopen their premises to workers, many are putting in place a hybrid workforce model in which employees combine work from home, the office, or elsewhere.

The shift towards these modalities has forced companies to rethink practically everything workforce-related, from the physical spaces to the productive resources they require, and of course, the need for collaboration solutions in the cloud that are agile, stable, secure, and reliable has become a priority.

And as has happened throughout the history of humanity, great needs flourish great innovations. An example of how to innovate agilely and quickly in the midst ofin the midst a crisis is Cisco and the arsenal of new cloud solutions that it has been able to develop, fine-tune, and bring to market in the midst ofduring thethe pandemic.

Solutions such as Cisco Webex, the most visible example, have come to facilitate a successful implementation of new work models by offering more stable, secure, and reliable remote collaboration experiences, thus promoting efficient collaboration both between colleagues and organizations.

In this context, those three words: “stability, safety, and reliability”, are the correct additives to optimize combustion in the engine that makes the train of digital transformation move faster and faster.

Cisco has not only succeeded in making more stable and reliable remote collaboration products available to companies, organizations, and governments, such as Webex Calling or Webex Meetings, it has also managed to create solutions that make that collaboration more secure against the cybersecurity threats that have proliferated.

Cisco Umbrella, a cloud-native security service built around the renowned SASE architecture, is a formidable first line of defense against Internet threats. Secure Cloud Analytics – formerly known as Stealthwatch Cloud – takes care of monitoring private networks, public cloudsclouds, or hybrid environments, to detect and neutralize any possible violation, while Cisco Secure Email Cloud Mailbox keeps the transmission of malicious software infections via email -the hackers’ favorite way to carry out ransomware attacks- at bay.

This combination of the need to adapt quickly to unforeseen circumstances with the rapid development of technological solutions that fully meet that need is allowing the digital transformation to go full steam ahead into the future.

It remains to be seen whether and for how long the adoption of cloud technologies will continue to increase. Naturally, it is predictable that as more organizations successfully complete their migration processes, the locomotive will reach a stable cruising speed. What is clear is that this train is not going back and that those who fail to catch it in time at one of its stations will simply be left behind.