Digital Transformation: Think Big. Start Small.

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Aerospike Marketing
February 7, 2019|2 min read

Succeeding with digital transformation is a challenge for companies of all sizes. John Dillon, Aerospike’s CEO, has shared his own point of view on the topics in this article, posted January 29 on Medium.

The problem is that onboarding new technology is a challenge – even for the most adept organizations. Not surprisingly, barely a third (29%) of major IT implementations are considered successful. And 19% of IT implementations are considered failures. While IT may not be at fault, the question is: how to balance business expectations and deployment reality?


The bigger the company, the bigger the arsenal of IT solutions. Most large organizations have a very large and growing portfolio of applications. Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies often need to maintain, support and enhance up to 10,000 internal applications. While business leaders may ask for implementation of edge computing, digital transformation, IT teams that want to deliver on these demands, may quickly find themselves between a rock and a hard place.

In John’s experience, a strategic approach is the only way to address this dilemma. Following the Pareto Principle, 20% of the knowledge derived provides 80% of the value. So, the best suggestion is to derive that knowledge (from 20% of the data), move it to the edge, and capture its value quickly. Boiling the ocean, implement huge projects and introduce new company-wide IT solutions will take years and frequently result in failure.

Following his method, John points out that IT can build out a simple system that’s adjacent to a large, legacy system that can provide fodder for BI knowledge. In the next step, it pushes that knowledge to the edge. Executed this way, the implementation not only has a high probability of success, but it also offers a learning opportunity for the internal team and avoids the pain of having to redesign the entire system from the ground up. The result: everyone wins!

John’s complete article was previously published on Medium.