Over the past few years before the pandemic arrived, companies were committing to digital transformation in the pursuit of benefits like scalability, mobility, flexibility, and the king of all advantages: cost savings. With COVID-19 initially driving employees home and causing bottlenecks in the supply chain, cloud adoption became an immediate priority, with new urgency around remote monitoring and management.
Research from 2020’s IDG/CIO COVID-19 Impact Study showed that 61% of IT leaders had plans to bump digital transformation into an accelerated pace as they strove to support remote work. IT leaders were forced to examine remote monitoring and management as it interacted with an increasingly critical factor. Edge computing was becoming an important part of IT strategy for improving bandwidth allocation, data processing, network latency, and operational expenses.
Combining the benefits of edge computing with the potential that cloud computing brings requires a commitment to modern management by business leaders.
How the Edge Is Interacting With Digital Transformation
What is the edge? It includes:
- Internet of things (IoT), both in terms of devices and the infrastructure that supports them
- Mobile devices
- Micro data centers
- Any resources designed to offer quick access to data and insights, and particularly when they are paired with cloud resources
It’s no surprise that the edge is an important factor with the digital transformation strategy for the typical company. It’s occurring in response to the demand for greater flexibility and agility that adapts quickly to changes in business needs, both to meet customer expectations and changing demands in productivity. Along with the cloud, edge computing equips companies for technology infrastructure that is flexible, scalable, and remote.
The ability to keep up is critical, with organizations needing digital resilience that matches a pace that is expected to be 50% faster in 2022. This goal is only possible for companies utilizing strong remote monitoring and management solutions.
The Role of Remote Monitoring and Management
The conventional data center, with its racks, power supplies, security, and cooling systems are being replaced with smaller versions at the edge, but in a distributed model that may be far from where IT staff are headquartered. The maintenance and monitoring of this kind of edge infrastructure may outstrip the IT resources that any given company supports.
The gap is being exacerbated by the shortage of available IT personnel, with the demand for edge computing knowledge and skills outpacing the number of specialists with that training. There are simply not enough people with this kind of expertise.
As companies continue to support remote and, increasingly, hybrid work environments, cloud-based remote monitoring and management solutions are allowing IT more flexibility to watch all of the edge devices from their central dashboard. From this management tool, they can complete regular provisioning and configuration, as well as receive alerts about events like security breaches or equipment problems.
If your digital transformation is being shaped by edge computing, it’s likely that a remote monitoring and management solution would equip your organization with the flexibility and resilience you need in the current digital environment. Contact us at ITBroker.com to learn more about supporting your remote work or hybrid work teams with the right technology.