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Corry S. Hong

Corry S. Hong

Founder, President and CEO

UNICOM Systems, Inc.

Corry Hong 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 multichannel 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 mainframe on their digital transformation journey.

As the only computing platform capable of efficiently processing the huge volume of transactions driving the digital economy, the mainframe is often considered to be the lifeblood of the organization. Nevertheless, important information concerning application usage and performance is not always readily available to key decision makers, whether it be restricted to green screen interfaces or held in divisional silos.

Undeniably, the mainframe has a pivotal role to play in digital transformation with its immense processing capabilities and proven security advantages. However, organizations often struggle to gather the right level of information to support informed decision-making. Nowhere is this more evident than in the mainframe world, where system information is highly technical and specialist, only fully understood by a diminishing pool of mainframe experts.

Three key factors to a successful digital transformation implementation include:
  1. Modernization. Mainframe skills shortages, difficulties in attracting new recruits, and a continued need to drive business efficiency are top concerns for many organizations. Never before has there been such a strong need for refactored application interfaces that provide a frictionless user experience that is easy to learn, reduces time-to-productivity for new staff, and extends application reach to a wider business community.
  2. Security. Improving security in today’s connected world is a growing priority as modernization initiatives are exposing mainframe 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.
  3. 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 a more elegant solution where role-based business intelligence, with dynamic visualization, provides further context of key metrics across the enterprise, helping to support more effective decision-making.
Addressing the digital transformation challenge is the only option for mainframe 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.