In the last decade, digital transformation has been on the agenda of many companies as an integral part of their business strategies. By now, we can say that the world is entering a new wave of digitisation. Organisations already know its importance for their future and are upgrading their technology for more efficiency.

The COVID-19 crisis has also contributed to the advance of this phenomenon. According to a study by McKinsey & Company, companies have accelerated the digitisation of their customer and supply chain interactions and of their internal operations by three to four years. Moreover, the share of digital or digitally enabled products in their portfolios has sped up by seven years.

So, what can enterprises expect from this scenario and how can they prepare for tomorrow? The FreeMove Alliance, world-leading mobile organisation with operations in over a hundred countries, has been providing services and solutions to help multinational companies move towards digital transformation for many years. Here are the trends that the Alliance believes will set the pace for businesses in the next years. 

Boosting automation

Intelligent automation can bring significant benefits to businesses that adopt it. It can be applied to factories to speed up production and ensure the safety of workers, to smart buildings to optimise energy use, to connected cars to prevent traffic and make drivers and people in the vehicle’s surrounding feel safer, and much more. 

Automation can also streamline processes in different departments of a company, such as IT, legal, HR, and finance. It saves time, prevents employees from doing repetitive tasks, and provides valuable data for more informed decisions. According to a survey by Gartner with leaders of infrastructure and operations, 80% of respondents consider automation a top tactic to achieve cost optimisation. The firm also predicts that by 2025, 70% of organisations will implement structured infrastructure automation to deliver flexibility and efficiency.

Consolidating clouds 

Cloud computing has been the foundation of digital transformation for the past decade and has seen significant growth in the past years, advanced by remote work and the demand for new technologies during the pandemic. Companies that had not adopted cloud computing before had to quickly shift their workloads to cloud to ensure business continuity. This market will continue to play a primary role as businesses move towards a digital-first approach. IDC forecasts that the total worldwide spending on cloud will exceed $ 1.3 trillion by 2025.

With more workloads on the cloud, organisations have different requirements and are not focusing on only one provider or type of service. Besides having a multi-cloud approach, most enterprises are also going on a hybrid way, taking advantage of both private and public clouds. This allows them to benefit from the scalability and reliability of the public cloud and from the security and control of the private cloud, gaining agility and lowering costs in the long term.

Embracing Everything as a Service 

The “as-a-Service” model continues to get stronger among organisations. Software, platform, and infrastructure offered as a service have originated the Everything-as-a-Service trend, or XaaS. This approach sets up offerings that can be customised to meet specific needs of companies, bringing more value to them through a subscription model. 

According to a study from Deloitte, eight in ten companies that adopted XaaS see this model as critical to their digital transformation. In fact, it provides more flexibility than legacy systems and processes, so it has become crucial to face the challenges of today’s changing environment. Other benefits include agility, more control of the IT budget, and increased workforce efficiency. 

The FreeMove Alliance was created specifically to assist multi-national corporations with their unique mobility challenges. Since 2003, FreeMove Alliance members and partners provide clients a mobile connectivity hub that spans over a hundred countries, enabling multinational corporations to rely on the best mobile networks wherever they do business. Get in touch to explore how to leverage the power of global mobility.