Conversations about digital transformation increasingly include questions about digital supply chain – a newish concept. Here’s our take on it.
The native digital supply chain is the digital infrastructure stretching from an enterprise core to any edge, including converged wireline and wireless infrastructure. It’s “native” because it extends the concept of cloud native (developed specifically for cloud) into the holistic infrastructure. The “goods” are data shared in digital ecosystems, passed by workloads deployed on-premises, in colocation data centers and clouds, and at edges. Stakeholders integrate into the digital supply chain at various points and, as we are seeing, data is gathered, processed and acted on at various locations as well.
This paradigm shift from single-enterprise focus to an interconnected ecosystem in which participants share data is influencing IT modernization strategies. Why? Because an optimized digital supply chain can be a competitive advantage now and establish the flexibility to help future-proof a business.
Native digital supply chains run on interconnection – physical and virtual connectivity enabling efficient traffic routing and data exchange among parties on a distributed network. Interconnection is an IT modernization strategy that helps:
Modernizing IT to define and optimize a digital supply chain is both necessary and multi-faceted. An initial, important shift is thinking in terms of digital-first and data-driven versus cloud-first. Cloud-first strategies ultimately disappoint – consider inflated data transfer costs and the inability to predict data volume usage. For more on this topic, read Solving IT Modernization Challenges with Hybrid IT.
According to Wharton Magazine², a digital-first mindset instinctively looks for digital solutions first for any opportunity or challenge, and this leads one to explore, adapt and apply new tech – and more:
Many enterprises find it easier and faster to be digital-first through colocation, which can solve formidable challenges on the way to IT modernization.
Future-proofing is about preparing for multiple possible business futures and capitalizing on digital supply chain opportunities to elevate customer experience, maximize competitive advantage and increase revenue. Interconnection is the key. Colocation data centers are ideal interconnection environments for several reasons, including:
Read Native Digital Supply Chain Optimization, Data Centers fuel IT Modernization to learn more about native digital supply chains. It might get you thinking about hybrid IT infrastructure in a new way.
And, when you are ready, get in touch to discuss how you can achieve both technical and business objectives through IT modernization. Let’s talk!
¹ Dataversity, What is Data Literacy?, October 14, 2020. source
² Wharton Magazine, Strategies to Develop a Digital-First Workforce, October 2020. source
³ Boston Consulting Group, It’s Not a Digital Transformation Without a Digital Culture, April 13, 2018. source
Vice President, Interconnection Strategy
Matt is VP of Interconnection Strategy at CoreSite and has more than 11 years of data center and telecommunications industry experience.Read more from this author