According to Gartner, \u201cBy 2020, 60 percent of digital businesses will suffer a major service failure because of IT teams\u2019 inability to manage digital risk in new technology and use cases.\u201d\nThat\u2019s a startling conclusion, but is it really that far-fetched? This should be a wake-up call to every major enterprise, because today every business is a digital business. For digital enterprises, business success depends largely on working technology. Simply hoping that you are not among the 60 percent who will experience a major failure is not an effective digital risk strategy.\nDigital risk is more than just network security, hackers and data theft. When companies think of digital risk they immediately gravitate toward network security, defending the perimeter, and data protection. While these are important aspects of digital risk they\u2019re not the only ones. Let\u2019s look at the other element of digital risk that is equally important but often overlooked at a strategic level.\nDigital business processes span a complex patchwork of applications that can be deployed within your four walls or in the cloud, completely out of your control. An error - even a minor one - in any of these applications could have a domino effect on an entire business process. We are not talking about major application failure (which everyone seems to focus on) but errors in business rules, configuration or integration that are much harder to detect - until it\u2019s too late. No one wants to sell airline tickets for six dollars and then be forced to honor those purchases!\nThe pace of change drives digital risk. Digital projects, by definition, have to be nimble and need to be completed in a matter of days and weeks rather than months and years. This drives a steady stream of changes every day throughout your complex enterprise application landscape. That\u2019s today\u2019s new digital reality. Customer facing web sites, mobile apps, and enterprise back-end systems all have to keep up with this unprecedented pace of change. Increasingly, the business and end users are deciding what applications to use, adding a new layer of complexity that IT must deal with. It does seem appealing to go back to a simpler, non-digital world, but unfortunately that\u2019s not an option.\nEmbrace digital risk. There is no reason to think that the pace of technology will slow in the near future. There\u2019s no reason to think that the level of data granularity will decrease, or that business units will cease to change and tune their IT technology to suit their specific needs. When it comes to digital risk, there\u2019s no place to run and nowhere to hide as technology risk factors continue to multiply, so the best course is to run toward it! If technology creates problems, then technology can also be used to solve those problems. That means using software to actively control and mitigate your level of digital risk. This is where automation comes in.\nMitigate digital risk with automation. Imagine commanding a vast army of robots that are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. At any instant and at your command, they can jump into action and verify that all of your business scenarios work across all enterprise applications just as your end users would use them. This statement, like the one from Gartner, is not as far-fetched as it seems.\nToday leading companies are using automation software to do just this. Automated functional testing helps companies check every business process and every underlying enterprise system \u2013 every day. In fact, one enterprise is validating 300,000 business process steps daily on 100 virtual machines during a two to three hour nightly window. That\u2019s how you overpower digital risk using industrial scale automation. Given the complexity and scope of today\u2019s enterprise landscapes, automation offers the only way to validate end-to-end business processes completely and efficiently. There\u2019s just no way to do this manually.\nThere\u2019s absolutely no reason to wait for a major service failure to spur your organization into action. Please don\u2019t hesitate to contact me to talk about how you can control digital risk - and overpower it with automation.