Typewriters and inkbottles have turned into history. Computers, printers and scanners have wiped them out from enterprise desktops. As we evolve in the digital era, the question arises: What next? In today’s world of Internet and smartphones, digital transformation is expected to deliver capabilities which enable enterprises to perform business activities across multiple platforms and devices owned by people located in different parts of the world in a hassle-free manner.
Digital transformation through IT infrastructure independence
One of the biggest roadblocks in digital transformation has been the massive investment required for implementing and upgrading IT infrastructure. The new era virtual office emerges as a solution to address this concern as it provides businesses with an opportunity to perform their office functions without the need for costly storage, networking and other computing resources. With digitisation at the centre of this concept, virtual office helps businesses improve efficiency and save on opex in multiple ways. Moreover, businesses get an opportunity to store their digital assets on secure cloud, ready to access anytime, anywhere. The flexible hosting model and shared computing resources make the service the best cost-competitive proposition for any business.
Death of the office: What more?
With latest trends like mobility and cloud impacting business processes, digital transformation today should aim at encapsulating these elements into IT to deliver efficiency across all aspects of businesses.
Mobility: Or the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has created tremendous interest among organisations thriving in today’s digital era. Most organisations have caught up with the BYOD trend, empowering their employees to perform their organisational roles even when they are not physically present in the office. As smartphones become ubiquitous they are evolving to become the key enabler of digital transformation, especially in small and medium businesses in developing markets. Enterprise mobility providers bet big on this opportunity, delivering mobility apps which help businesses deliver a number of capabilities across employees’ handheld devices while also adhering to latest security and compliance requirements.
Hosted Docs via Cloud: Another key feature of digitisation, document management is made simple with the use of cloud technologies. Just convert your old, paper files into convenient, error-proof PDF or image documents stored in a secure cloud. What’s more, you can also add metadata to each electronic document so that they can be indexed and retrieved easily when required. The Hosted Docs concept is gaining wider popularity because of the ease of use and lower investment required to license the software programme.
What more is in offing?
Digital transformation in enterprises will remain incomplete without virtualisation and WAN optimisation. Desktop virtualisation, application virtualisation and server virtualisation have disrupted the enterprise space thanks to the capex and opex gains brought by these technologies. WAN optimisation utilises technologies such as de-duplication, compression, latency optimization, among others, to improve data transfer efficiencies across wide area networks. Digital transformation also aims at automating business processes through software technologies such as CRM, ERP, backup, security, disaster recovery and the like.
Companies which have adopted a focused approach for integrating digital and physical elements lead the bandwagon and achieve a competitive differentiation among peers. Smart businesses also strive to do it faster and in the most cost-efficient manner. As a leading IT service provider, Ricoh provides Virtual Office and Office Integration services to enterprises, enabling them to gain IT infrastructure independence with the help of its mobility, cloud and security solutions. With enterprise mobility solutions, Ricoh gives flexibility to access the IT infrastructure from anywhere in the world, in a secure manner.