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John Dillon, Aerospike CEO, at an event
John Dillon, Aerospike CEO

According to John Dillon, Aerospike CEO, “The Corona is one of those rare cases where everyone in the world have been affected simultaneously and deeply. Thus, digital has become a necessity – it is a necessary imperative.”

“The corona caused the digital processes in organizations to move forward. The virus conveyed the message loud and clear: Every person, family, employee and part of the organization, commercial or government – connect and communicate digitally because of the demands for isolation and remoteness. The corona is one of the rare cases in which everyone in the world digital have been significantly affected simultaneously and deeply, so that the digital has transformed from a need for change – to a necessary imperative,” said John Dillon, Aerospike CEO.

Dillon spoke at the company’s virtual annual customers event, which was held a few days ago, and was all virtual, for the first time. More than 1,000 of the company’s customers from 35 countries participated in the conference.

“Billions of people are connected to the digital ‘oxygen pipes’ to keep in touch with loved ones, order goods and conduct business. The crisis has brought unprecedented reliance on the various computing components.”

“The Corona has brought a global economic disruption, where part of its remedy which is digital,” Dillon explained. “The Corona has been a wake-up call for companies dealing with digital transformation. Some organizations have coped well with the storm, and some were caught up with the pants down. We no longer live in a digital transformation era – that ship sailed long ago, it is now the time of Digital Imperative.”

“The Corona,” Dillon said, “has forced many people out of their comfort zones. At first it can be upsetting. But as people and businesses become comfortable with the new way of doing things, they will continue that way in the future as well.”

Dillon listed some examples, “How the crisis has made us rethink our everyday life: In the world of education, students and teachers have adapted to a new way to learn and collaborate.”

“In the world of healthcare,” he said, “The main stumbling block for telemedicine was the reluctance of patients to communicate with the medical staff over the Internet. Now, with no other choice, many were pleasantly surprised that treatment and advice could still be excellent – with the added benefit of not reaching the clinic and having to wait in lines.” He also said, “The world of supply chain is experiencing an upheaval: there has been tremendous work done to accommodate buyers and sellers of scarce resources related to the virus. Real-time digital dashboards have helped to quickly identify resources that need to be redistributed to areas as needed.”

“We will emerge from the Corona crisis with new models for how we communicate,” Dillon noted. “As a result, mediators need to be ready to take center stage. Organizations, different departments have different priorities, but IT extends across the entire organization and can ensure that the right infrastructure exists and that data is harnessed in ways that benefit across all districts of the organization.”

“The CIOs,” Dillon noted, “should do a few things: Focus on the basics – new things can be done to make the user experience easier, better, faster and more valuable; Look for the frictions in the existing processes, and deal with them; Start with Manageable Projects: These are likely to be successful, and build trust in the organization. Any mistake can be corrected without having significant impact on the business. As projects take hold, you can run, improve and grow. We will be different when it is over, there will be winners and losers and it is imperative for companies to adapt.”

“In many cultural traditions – Greek, Egyptian, Chinese, Jewish and Native American – the Phoenixes rising from the ashes represents resilience and renewal,” concluded Aerospike CEO. “The Corona has forced individuals, governments and businesses to make dramatic adjustments in our lifestyles. Fortunately, we are renewed – and will reappear, stronger and better than ever. As the world becomes more digital-driven, the volume of data needed to support business wellness is huge. The world requires digital applications to be instantaneous – and CIOs will need to plan accordingly.”

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