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7 Tech Leaders On How COVID-19 Will Accelerate Digital Transformation

CRN asks seven CEOs, channel leaders and executives about how COVID-19 is forcing digital transformation and what 'the new normal' will look like in a post-pandemic world.

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Aruba Networks 

Keerti Melkote, Co-Founder, President

I believe that as this work-from-home [trend] is becoming the new norm, [partners] are taking a more proactive stance now that the reacting is done and people are able to connect from home on making the experience more pleasant and productive so they can gain benefits from it.

Fundamentally, I think the transformation that is going on will be accelerated. The post-pandemic response is going to be the emergence of the edge as an important area of work for our partners. To me, the edge is all about data—new types of data that [are] being created at the edge and how we process that data. AI and AI technologies are going to be extremely important to address this emerging rise of the edge. We will talk a lot more about how AI and AI operations in general are going to help customers with automating what they are going to do at the edge and provide insights into their business-critical systems. I think it is very clear that digital transformation is going to accelerate because of this pandemic. If you ever had a doubt that digital is not foundational to your business, that doubt has been completely removed by how we we've all basically come around to using digital platforms to continue our work and be productive.

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