The special dedicated to the digital transformation of 01net reveals the views of the most important international vendors operating in Italy; Ibm is undoubtedly one of them, and to answer our five questions is Francesco Borghi, Channel & Ecosystem Leader

What technologies are at the root of the digital transformation of the Italian economy?

Digital transformation revolves around a resource use mode that we call cloud for simplicity. It all starts from the assumption that companies can network, that they can use resources and technologies without the complexity of managing them by integrating the company’s information heritage with the best solutions available on the global market.

We therefore introduce two aspects that can make a leap forward to our country ecosystem, still lagging behind our European cousins: the availability of broadband connectivity on the territory and the DevOps skills needed to integrate the world on premise with the new

How do you build skills to put them into action and manage them?

The lack of skills has unfortunately become endemic and we still do not have a model that moves at the speed required by the market. Ibm contributes significantly to the creation of skills both through programmes such as p-tech that connects high school, university and the world of work through dynamic partnerships between the public and private with the aim of preparing young people to enter the world of work with a level of preparation

The issue of skills management is a medium-term business vision that requires substantial investment in both M&A and M&A to keep the company in line with market demands.

According to Ibm, how can Italian companies turn technological investment into value?

Italian companies have demonstrated over the years that they are absolutely capable of transforming technological investments into value, the point is that investments are limited and you do not have the long-term vision to undertake a digital transformation path.

What is the significance of the management of technological transformation in companies, namely the system integrator?

Systems integrators today play a central role in the success of the business system precisely because of the need to create a hybrid world that can accelerate the adoption of Cloud and innovative technologies.

Without the very large capacity of system integrators in the area of developing new native cloud applications or in the ability to integrate application worlds on cloud and on premises companies will not be able to innovate and capitalize on the wealth of information in To do this, we need our specialization partners ecosystem, a deep knowledge of models of use and integration of services by industry segment and a dimension and financial capacity that guarantees investments in resources and skills with a medium-term horizon.

What role does the system integrator play in the digital transformation of small and medium-sized enterprises, often without specific expertise in information technology?

The small and medium-sized enterprise, which represents 94% of Italian companies, is the segment that can progress faster towards cloud adoption.

The system integrator in this scenario must act as trusted advisor suggesting the best technologies to adopt to achieve the business goals. In this sense, knowledge of cloud platforms and services that can be delivered in a marketplace logic that facilitates the purchase and use of cloud services is crucial.

This model will work at full speed if the Italian ISVs are ready to deliver their application solutions in the cloud mode and to enrich them with cognitive functionality.

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