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Note from the editor

Food for thought: Can your organization move at the speed of technology? 

The answer is, most likely, no. Technology far outpaces the speed at which companies can respond, leaving a constant state of catch up and contributing to the vast ecosystem of technical debt. 

The push for digital transformation urges organizations to upgrade and overhaul technology stacks toward service-based models and away from physical technology stacks. 

Moving too fast carries its risks. Rapid transitions threaten to leave employees behind, creating tension throughout the business. Or worse, security shortcomings emerge from poor software quality.

But digital transformation goes beyond technology — if companies want to engage in a new era of technology, they must rethink how work is done too. 

Old processes applied to new systems do little. Instead, CIOs and other business technology leaders are called to adopt more nimble operations. That means less prescribed, and bureaucratic, processes. 

In fact, the drumbeat of "people, process, technology" highlights the most important aspect of digital transformation: the people. 

In 2021, the focus on people will drive digital transformation as companies think through returns to the office and what a hybrid workplace will look like.

Naomi Eide Senior Editor

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Inside the digital transformation revolution

The ongoing push for digital transformation has been long urging organizations to upgrade and overhaul technology stacks toward service-based models. In 2021, the focus on people will drive digital transformation more than ever before as companies think through returns to the office and what a hybrid workplace will look like.

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Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.