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Digital Transformation of Businesses
A selection of documents, articles, papers, videos and other content for those interested in the transformation that is required when going 100% digital in an organization. I also try to highlight the impacts, both positives and negatives of that transformation. Like it? Please click "Recommend".
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Waterfalls and flywheels: General Motors’ new hyper-green data center also makes economic sense via @ars @gigaom

Waterfalls and flywheels: General Motors’ new hyper-green data center also makes economic sense via @ars @gigaom | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Ars gets a look inside at the first GM-owned data center in nearly 20 years.
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The concept of utility computing is one step closer.


This is important because it means a reversal of 20 years of outsourcing by GM. It also means computing and data are seens as essential components of future growth and innovation at GM.


Outsourcing has allowed GM to shed its "old school" IT resources and replace them with a new breed  that is more cloud friendly, big data savvy. GM needs 100 times less resources to run the new DCs than it did the old ones. And new workers are not unionized.


Going the private cloud way is also an interesting sign, stating that technology is reaching the point where it becomes affordable for large corporations to build their own - even though there is a lot of technology missing that needs to be developed. GM has gone from 23 DCs to 2. Looks like privacy was a big contributing factor as well.


Also worth reading is the gigaOM review of this new datacenter along with an analysis of what this means for other Fortune100 corporations. Paper also states that economics for private cloud mega datacenters is good once you reach a certain scale.

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Aviva case study (video)- Driving Business Transformation with Visual Communications Solutions

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Amazing 60 minute video that highlights both

1- how "demo or die" is the right way to introduce digital business transformations

2- how large organization can go about transforming their intranet and international communications globally, and the business value that it brings

Overall this is a very good presentation delivered by an outstanding presentor that is worth watching, although not all worth listening to.

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