Disruption. A simple, yet powerful, word that sums up today’s business environment. Be it the banking and financial services industries being disrupted by new-age fintechs or the manufacturing industry being disrupted by new nimble-footed competitors leveraging technologies like 3D printing, IoT, and advanced analytics or the healthcare industry being disrupted by technology in the way new drugs are discovered and how healthcare is provided, digital is driving change across multiple sectors.
In this digital economy, where people, business, and “things” increasingly inter-connect, existing business models are quickly being made redundant, forcing companies to transform themselves to survive. Consequently, digital transformation has shifted from “nice to have” to “must have” for organizations across industries and geographies.
However, in this quest for digital transformation, companies face challenges hitherto unencountered because digital demands a way to bridge multiple dichotomies. Businesses need to find a way to go faster yet be more accurate; address the needs of more people yet offer greater personalization; simplify yet bring more depth.
The Journey Begins with Data
How do organizations go about bridging this chasm? What can they do to achieve the digital transformation dream so that they can remain relevant—and competitive—in the future?
First, companies need to change their mindset towards digital transformation. Firms that fail to get beyond an incremental mindset—and view technology as a tool rather than an integrated part of a vastly different business future—risk their very survival.
Second, they need to understand and prepare for the impact digital disruption will have on their people, processes, businesses, and their IT departments—and then turn digital into a competitive advantage.
Finally, organizations need to understand that at the heart of digital transformation lies data—be it internal data or streaming third-party data, structured or unstructured, generated by humans or machines. How to store, process, and analyze this ever-exploding volume of data and derive actionable insights from it to drive new products and services, to improve customer experience, and to enhance operational efficiency, these questions are critical to answer.
From Data to Actionable Insights
Achieving this creates incredible pressure on underlying technology infrastructure. As data volumes grow exponentially, technology solutions must be able to perform and operate at scale, manage large amounts of data efficiently, and operate reliably. In addition, these solutions need to be future-proofed, and have the agility to keep up with business demands.
These are complex demands and it’s no surprise that research firm Forrester estimates that 70 percent of data in enterprises currently goes unused. At the same time, the need among enterprises to use this data to gain critical insights is more important than ever as they embark on their digital transformation journeys.
In such a scenario what organizations need is a solution that can crunch massive amounts of data at incredible speeds, and that allow enterprises to collect, process, and analyse massive volumes of data from any source.
This is exactly what SAP HANA does. It ensures organizations can dramatically improve performance by helping them make smarter and better decisions, more quickly, by bringing all enterprise data within the reach of decision makers in a matter of seconds. It transforms the business by streamlining transactions, analytics, planning, predictive, and sentiment data processing onto a single in-memory database, thus helping enterprises get immediate answers to really complex questions. With its ability to support a variety of data types from both internal and external data sources, SAP HANA empowers organizations with the ability to build complex analytical models and gain real-time insights.
Infrastructure: Engine Powering the Insights
Cutting-edge software, with all its bells and whistles, is of no use if it’s not powered by a reliable hardware because these softwares demand high performance from the hardware to function effectively. While software and applications enable organisations to reap the benefits of their digital transformations, these in turn, need to be powered by robust, high-performance hardware that can scale performance, manage huge data volumes efficiently, and operate reliably. Not doing so would be akin to fuelling a Ferrari with cheap and adulterated fuel.
Hence, choosing the right infrastructure partner is an essential element of a successful digital transformation initiative. The high-performance needs of these applications mean that they need infrastructure powered by processors based on the next generation Intel Skylake architecture.
When it comes to high-performance infrastructure to power sophisticated software like SAP HANA, Lenovo is the undisputed market leader. Lenovo ThinkSystem servers powered by Intel Xeon processors based on the Skylake platform provide dramatic leaps in performance, scalability, flexibility, density, and enterprise-class reliability. In addition, when combined with SAP HANA, you achieve industry-leading capabilities, which drive actionable business insights in real time to enable true digital transformation.
Lenovo: Leading the Infrastructure Race
For a number of years, Lenovo has provided differentiating advantages for diverse SAP application workloads driving the digital economy. In partnership with SAP, Lenovo has broken multiple world records demonstrating that it can bring customers the best in server performance. SAP-certified benchmark results for the new generation of Lenovo ThinkSystem servers have shown as much as a 33 percent boost in performance and I/O throughput.
In addition, for over four years, Lenovo’s x86 servers have held the top spot in reliability. In fact, SAP itself uses Lenovo servers to run its business and develop the next version of SAP HANA. With 99.998% hardware availability achieved by mission-critical servers, Lenovo’s modular design ensures seamless upgrades, resulting in operational savings.
That’s not all. The three-year cost of ownership of Lenovo systems for SAP HANA are the lowest in the industry. Lenovo’s scale-up 8-socket, 12 TB solution is estimated to cost 31 percent lower than comparable systems from Cisco and HPE. Lenovo offers the lowest TCO in the market compared to any SAP-certified hardware vendor, besides the best in performance, reliability, availability, and scalability.
Whether the need is to run a high-performance data center or manage terabytes of transaction or streaming data, the Lenovo portfolio of x86 servers, storage, and software can help organizations achieve high performance and scalability, low TCO, and swift time-to-value. With its track record of spurring new product or service innovation, Lenovo products can truly help organizations in their digital transformation journey.
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