The past year has seen many businesses question exactly how transformational digital transformation really is. The answer, as with all IT initiatives, depends on the scope of the ambition, the skill of the leadership, and the ultimate degree of business impact.\n\nYet we\u2019ve seen a pattern emerge: Those with transformational aspirations discover that boil-the-ocean schemes seldom meet their objectives, while carefully planned and targeted initiatives often have broader benefit than even the original instigators imagined.\n\nThe latter is particularly true of initiatives that reform fundamental processes. Transformation usually implies moving from one fixed state to another, yet digital transformation at its best involves a journey from inflexibility to a \u201cpermanently agile\u201d condition. Getting there may involve the adoption of new programming, infrastructure, or internet-of-things advances. The biggest rewards, however, accrue from reimagining workflows to accommodate continuous change and establishing mechanisms that continuously measure results.\n\nIn an effort to examine the state of digital transformation from every angle, we\u2019ve pulled together all five IDG B2B web publications \u2013 CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, and Network World \u2013 to reassess this long-running megatrend, with each article reflecting the charter of each site.\n\nSenior Writer Clint Boulton, whose insightful case studies are a CIO staple, has contributed 6 digital transformation success stories, which summarize strategic efforts and transformational benefits at such marquee companies as Anheuser-Busch InBev, McKesson, and Johnson Controls. If you didn\u2019t know that the brewers of Budweiser had an innovation lab in Silicon Valley that involves AI, machine learning, and the internet of things, well, now you do.\n\nComputerworld Senior Reporter Matthew Finnegan brings us Making the connection: The role of collaboration apps in digital transformation, which describes how collaborative platforms break down silos that block meaningful organizational change. The connections Finnegan describes amount to the front end of transformation, where new interactions and broad participation create a breeding ground for innovative ideas.\n\nAs any security pro will tell you, though, the larger the organizational change, the greater the risk of opening some new security vulnerability. CSO Contributing Writer Stacy Collett asks What is security's role in digital transformation? and offers a stark answer: not nearly enough in many cases, particularly those in which the drive to demonstrate early results trumps all else. The good news is that the industry appears to be learning from its missteps, as companies learn to \u201cadd security at the speed of digital transformation,\u201d as Collett puts it.\n\nIt\u2019s worth noting that very notion of \u201cagility,\u201d the concept behind the most meaningful transformations, can be traced to the rise of agile software development methodology 20 years ago. In How to get started with CI\/CD, InfoWorld Contributing Writer Bob Violino unpacks continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD), the contemporary manifestation of the agile approach, in which both the implementation of incremental code changes and the delivery of that code to various environments is automated end-to-end \u2013 with testing at each step of the way. Among other things, CI\/CD enables stakeholders to vet new applications as they\u2019re being built, rather than await an end result that may have morphed way off the mark.\n\nLast but not least, stalwart Network World contributor Zeus Kerravala weighs in with How to deal with the impact of digital transformation on networks, which argues that such transformational technologies as cloud computing, the internet of things, and Wi-Fi 6 have made the network more critical than ever \u2013 particularly the network edge. Kerravala believes this expansion will demand, at long last, the widespread adoption of software-defined networking, which is the only way to deliver the agility necessary to accommodate the relentless demand for change. Automation of rote tasks, such as that offered by intent-based networking, will be table stakes. And with magnitudes more endpoints, network professionals will need to ensure that, as Kerravala says, \u201cthe network itself acts as a security platform.\u201d\n\nWe hope this compilation of insights from IDG\u2019s expert staffers and contributors will provide a valuable reference for those charting their own initiatives. Digital transformation has taught us that those who try to change too much too fast are doomed to fail. But that doesn't mean you can't think big \u2013 as long as you understand that part of your goal is to lay a foundation for change you haven't thought of yet.