Digital Transformation Defines the Modern Workplace
Apart from a few hermits living off the grid, people, places, and things have all been impacted by Digital Transformation – knowingly, willingly, or unwillingly. It doesn’t really matter.
Things That Are Lost Forever
Vinyl records are a good example. If you’re a music lover, you’ve likely transitioned over the years from vinyl to cassettes to CDs to digital music. Was it painful? Maybe. Was it expensive? Probably. At some point in the journey, your turntables, cassette players, and CD players ended up in the trash heap. Because now you subscribe to Pandora (or a similar service). And you can issue a voice command to Alexa to instantly play any song you want to hear.
Music has become a service. We might call it MaaS (an acronym I just made up to represent Music as a Service) and it provides instant gratification.
Another great example of things that are lost forever is the once ubiquitous Rolodex. It’s been dead and gone for so long that many of you may not even remember it! The Rolodex, in its day, was an alphabetically organized series of small cards containing the essential information for all of your business contacts. It was replaced by early computerized contact management systems such as ACT! (1986), which was really nothing more than a computerized Rolodex. But at the time, it was hailed as transformative.
Contact management is now called CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and it provides more insights and actionable information than the founders of ACT! could have possibly imagined in 1986.
We’ve Come a Long Way Baby!
Digital Transformation, as the name implies, has transformed the way we work. But beyond that, it defines the modern workplace. It’s much more than the absence of a Rolodex on every desk. It’s replacing sticky notes and file cabinets and paper. On conference calls, instead of hearing the sound of pens scratching notes on pads, we hear the ticking sound of people entering notes on their laptops and tablets – on the fly.
Every aspect of the workplace is offered as a cloud service, from Software as a Service (SaaS) to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to Platform as a Service (PaaS) to Database as a Service (DBaaS). And newer concepts such as virtualization are quickly taking hold, including virtual servers and desktops.
Start Your Journey
You may not be quite ready for VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure), but you can start your Digital Transformation journey with Tidestone Solutions by moving your ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software system to the cloud. There are two ways you can do this.
- You can implement or upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics 365, a cloud-based software solution that allows businesses to connect their ERP software with other intelligent applications, to improve your business operations, drive intelligent decisions, and create efficiencies.
- You can move your Microsoft Dynamics GP software to Tidestone’s YourCloud, a fast, reliable, cost-effective hosting solution that will give you anywhere, anytime access to your most valuable data.
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