“Business-critical” has never mattered more than right now.

All digital experiences matter, but some matter more than others.  The COVID-19 crisis response is forcing governments to define what is “essential” for populations operating under stay-at-home directives. What is, in fact, essential are those digital experience touchpoints we all need to rely on to stay informed, to stay vigilant, and perhaps most importantly, to stay connected and productive.

This is when rock-solid and reliable digital experiences truly matter most. This is when business-critical applications and core systems not only have to work — they have to continue to run operations from wherever we are to ensure our customers, partners, or employees have the information they need to be safe, productive, and up to date. Because HCL Digital Experience is the kind of platform that has the power, reliability, and security necessary to keep complex and business-critical processes running we know what’s required to deliver this level of service to digital audiences. We have broken down the essential qualities necessary for this success here into six main categories. Your business-critical digital experience platform must be:

  • Performant: In these challenging times you need to ensure that your audiences are able to get the information they need, when they need it. Downtime is not an option. Business-critical means that your system is rock-solid, reliable, scalable, and can support fluctuating demand with ease.
  • Secure: Your businesses’ data needs to be protected. As we move to communicate even more fluidly online, you need to be confident that you can offer secure experiences with data encryption and cross-system authentication. Business-critical means your data cannot be compromised.
  • Personalized: Provide the right information to the right people at the right time. You need to enable your customers, employees, and partners with the right level of access to your system to access and provide necessary data. Business-critical means that the information presented is relevant and contextual, based on your relationship with them, and what they are doing on your site.
  • Integrated: Provide the whole story. Your enterprise has a wealth of information that resides in a variety of systems. Business-critical means that you can seamlessly blend your content, data, applications, and core processes into a meaningful unified experience personalized by role and identity.
  • Flexible: Develop smarter, update faster. You can select the deployment model (on-prem, any cloud, or hybrid) and platform of your choice, and be up in running in minutes. Business-critical means that with traditional OnPrem or optional Docker/Kubernetes support you can choose what deployment approach fits your operation best today, with the flexibility and portability to change on your timeline.
  • User-Friendly: Empower business users to create. Put your subject-matter experts in control with easy-to-use tools that help them quickly create targeted, engaging content for all audiences, and let your developers focus on developing new technology. Business-critical means that essential content gets to the audiences that need it, and your team’s productivity can soar.

When you need to digitize your business processes and take your business-critical applications online, you need HCL Digital Experience. We are here to help.

Learn how our partners are empowering organizations to meet the challenges of Covid-19.  Join these short webinars to learn more:
  • Digital Experiences Matter in Times of Crisis.  Chatbots can help.  Watch the webinar
  • Digital Experiences Matter in Times of Crisis.  Lessons learned from the State of Ohio.  Watch the webinar
  • Digital Experiences Matter in Times of Crisis.  Alerting can be key. Watch the webinar
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Digital Solutions | October 31, 2020
The Benefits of Hybrid Cloud and Why it’s a Big Deal
With more and more enterprise technologies moving to cloud-based deployments it has become increasingly important for organizations to carefully evaluate their current digital experience implementations and formulate a cloud strategy and roadmap to get there to reap the business benefits of cloud for driving transformation, differentiation and ultimately achieving competitive advantage. While the benefits are getting to cloud are compelling, organizations require flexibility in their cloud journey to minimize the challenges inherent in migrating mission critical workloads to the cloud. Migrating to a public or private cloud can take a lot of time, money and development resources. With HCL Digital Experience’s new hybrid cloud support organizations can exploit the benefits of cloud, maximize the value from their existing on-premise deployment and future proof their digital experience investment.  New HCL Digital Experience hybrid cloud support enables customers to use their existing on-premise with the game-changing cloud-based content management features — without needing to migrate anything. Magic? No. Revolutionary? Yes. Using Kubernetes, you can now add our new future-leaning cloud features to an on-premises environment without needing to migrate anything to the cloud.  This new hybrid cloud option brings three major improvements to your on-premises DX environments:  Content Composer: Create Content in Half the Time   Deliver content for digital experiences quickly to your audiences. Dramatically improved content-creation tools and a redesigned Content Composer means business users can now model and create new content in half the time with a modern, intuitive drag-and-drop interface.  2. Hot DAM! A New (Free) Cloud-Native Digital Asset Manager Included  A new cloud-native digital asset management system (DAM) lets you add and organize media quickly and seamlessly. You can now manage your content from creation to execution with ease. And, unlike some other digital experience platforms in the market, this DAM is included at no addition charge.    3. Experience API: Adaptable, Open APIs:  A new open API-compliant set of headless REST services enables developers to deliver experiences using modern front-end JavaScript frameworks (Angular, React, Vue etc.). This provides greater agility in blending content, data, and applications. Upgrading now means that your DX is faster and easier than ever — making your business-critical digital experience more valuable than ever before. Join us at our upcoming annual conference, DX Inspire, to learn more.   Learn more: https://hclsw.co/dx-inspire-2020
Digital Solutions | October 28, 2020
The 3 Capabilities Your Digital Experience Needs to Offer
In order to compete today, enterprises have to offer staff and customers a fast, secure and flexible experience that’s up to the task of responding to a dizzying array of business needs. Trends and market needs can evolve as rapidly as a weather system, making an agile platform vital to keeping companies in tune with the business-critical demands.  Business critical processes are core activities that are essential to meeting an organization’s mission — such as paying bills, making appointments, filling out time sheets, applying for permits, or filing a claim. Some of these processes are invisible to the customer and some can be seen.  This includes the fulfillment of company operations, protection of assets, and satisfying of regulatory requirements, and occur on all levels of an organization.    Whether it’s centered on sales and marketing, accounting and finance, HR, or customer service, these business activities can be optimized by the platform they’re on, or not.  A dynamic publishing platform that can handle the business-critical needs of a company, regardless of industry, is a distinct advantage for enterprises in competitive markets.  With all the factors to be considered, what are 3 capabilities an elite publishing platform needs to have?   Data Security and Privacy  There’s a saying that a band is only as good as its drummer, and the same is true for the technology and security of digital experiences and platforms.  The greatest user interface in the world is worthless if it's not secure from digital threats.    Ensuring a secure platform includes protecting private data while it’s on-site and in-transit, with encryption that is flexible enough to connect users anytime anywhere while meeting all industry compliance requirements.    If that sounds like a tough balancing act, well that’s because it is. But you don’t want a beautiful guitar solo being drowned out by a wildly inconsistent drumbeat, so it’s worth investing in the...
Digital Solutions | October 27, 2020
4 Features of a Cloud-Native Digital Experience
Hosting a digital enterprise platform on a cloud-native setting sounds like a dream: more speed, agility, scalability, integration, and cost-savings. But is a cloud-native environment so different from a cloud-hosted one, and how do those differences manifest in workflow solutions for enterprise companies?   Let’s look at what makes a cloud-native digital experience unique, and why the distinctions in capability are important.   Cloud-native means more than just a digital platform   Cloud-native describes not just an environment but an approach to design and deployment.  It is a more progressive use of cloud technology that goes beyond the previously accepted benefits — primarily storage and convenience — and features applications designed specifically to run on the cloud.    By being “native” to the cloud — built for the cloud from day one — these applications have a scale and deployment velocity that can’t be easily matched by on-premise or even cloud hosted platforms.  Enterprise companies that adopt a cloud native system can tap into a digital experience built to thrive in a constantly evolving digital workspace where time matters more than ever.    Cloud-native is not the same as cloud-hosted  It could sound obvious, but it’s worth mentioning because understanding the differences between the two systems can help shine a light on the advantages of cloud-native infrastructure.    Cloud-hosted applications are designed for on-premise environments but are deployed and managed from the cloud by a service provider.  This model was originally born from a desire to save money by shifting premises systems from a capital expense to an operating expense, saving enterprises the added financial burden of capital expense costs.    A cloud-hosted system is a compromise which combines some aspects of cloud storage and management with legacy systems of security, maintenance and infrastructure.  Cloud-hosted services, however, can still be bogged down by clunky and time-consuming updating protocol and can be more difficult to scale as needed.  Whereas cloud-native services and applications are designed strictly for cloud environments and can respond accordingly.    ...
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