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Corry S. Hong

Corry S. Hong

Founder, President and CEO

UNICOM Global


Corry founded UNICOM Systems, Inc. in 1981 and now consists of more than 40 entities worldwide.


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Digital transformation is a requirement in all business and government sectors, whether mandated by legislation, the board or by digitally astute competitors.  It presents an opportunity to break down technology and business silos, allowing organizations to embrace today’s multi-channel and heterogeneous environments.

An effective transformation program requires the C-suite to drive a holistic strategy and vision where business insights are fed by operational intelligence that harnesses both emerging and legacy technologies. Yet, the dilemma faced by many organizations is how to embrace the digital transformation journey without putting the business at risk. 

The IBM Power Systems platform, with its 3 operating systems – AIX, IBM i and Linux – provides an unprecedented scale of economy.  This robust platform efficiently processes transactional data that underpins much of the digital economy and is well suited to big data requirements with its scalable architecture and unrivalled processing performance.

Undeniably, IBM i on Power has a pivotal role to play in digital transformation.  It is designed for business, with integration at the heart of the operating system.  The architecture is devoted to business stability, simplicity, security and scalability.

Although IBM i has stood the test of time, organizations often struggle to gather the right level of information to support informed decision-making.  System information is often expansive, highly technical and in many respects, specialist, and arguably only fully understood by a diminishing pool of technical experts.

Three systems management considerations for a successful digital transformation implementation include:

Data Insights
Ever-increasing volumes of business and machine data can be difficult to analyze and understand, with information often siloed, disjointed and, in some cases, incomplete. Organizations today require role-based business intelligence with dynamic visualization to provide further context of key metrics across the enterprise, helping to support more effective decision-making.

Security
Improving security in today’s connected world is a growing priority as modernization initiatives are exposing applications to new threats.  Tighter regulatory controls have also raised the bar, requiring organizations to deploy advanced access mechanisms such as multi-factor authentication, to safeguard data privacy and security. 

Control
The insurgence of web and mobile applications presents new challenges when it comes to application access and control.  Management of green screen applications will only be a piece of the puzzle going forward, so it’s important to plug the gap and mitigate risk.    

Addressing the digital transformation challenge is the only option for organizations that wish to maintain a competitive advantage.  My mission is to pioneer new methods of utilizing digital transformation technologies that link legacy enterprise applications to mobile computing, Blockchain, voice and facial recognition, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.