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Essential Characteristics of Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 25, 2020

A survey of 2,000 executives conducted by Cognizant in 2016 identified the top five ways digital transformations generate value:      Accelerating speed to market      Strengthening competitive positioning      Boosting revenue growth      Raising employee productivity      Expanding the ability to acquire, engage, and retain customers   Digital transformation is also a cultural change. Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation Since cloud…

Embrace Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 22, 2020

From a business perspective, differentiating business processes and quality customer service are central to overall success. Business leaders must therefore clearly identify and measure how information technology contributes to the value of every key business process. They must also know how to most cost effectively use IT when the task is merely the management of…

Computer Vision Advances Zero-Defect Manufacturing

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

by Kevin L. Jackson Electronics manufacturers operate in a challenging environment. It’s hard enough to keep up with the ever-accelerating rate of change in the industry. Now customers want increasingly specialized product variations in less time and of higher quality. Meeting this demand for increased product variation can seriously impact the bottom line. Such variability increases…

Real-Time Analytics Power the Roadway of the Future

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

By Kevin L. Jackson The complexities of citywide traffic are pushing the limits of existing transportation management systems. Outdated infrastructure is based on proprietary, single-purpose subsystems, making it costly to acquire, operate, and maintain. And current roadways are simply not prepared for the future of autonomous vehicles. Enter the SPaT Challenge, an initiative encouraging cities and…

Thriving on the Edge: Developing CSP Edge Computing Strategy

By pwsadmin | March 6, 2020

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are facing significant business model challenges. Referred to generally as edge computing, the possibilities introduced by the blending of 5G networks and distributed cloud computing technologies are redefining how CSPs operate, partner, and drive revenue. A new Ericsson Digital whitepaper entitled, “Edge computing and deployment strategies for communication service providers,” addresses these challenges…

SourceConnecte! Marketplace With A Mission

By pwsadmin | March 6, 2020

Earlier this year, GC GlobalNet launched a new breed of B2B e-commerce sites. Curated by Kevin L. Jackson, SourceConnecte (with an “e”) went live with three strategic goals in mind: Efficiently leverage modern social media technologies to facilitate value-based interactions between enterprise buyers and vetted suppliers; Establish a protected interactive environment capable of supporting high-value B2B e-commerce negotiations…

Potential vs. Reality: Is Edge Computing Real?

By pwsadmin | January 19, 2020

Edge computing provides compute, storage, and networking resources close to devices generating traffic. Its benefits are based on an ability to provide new services capable of meeting stringent operational requirements by minimizing both data latency and the need for bandwidth. Based on Google trend data, searches for the term has also grown substantially over the…

Enabling Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | December 22, 2019

Digital transformation integrates technology into all areas of an organization’s business or mission. Its fundamental purpose is to create and deliver innovative and industry-changing products and services to a global customer base. This outcome requires the seamless two-way flow of data and information between internal business processes and external processes that interact with customers, business…

The ThinkShield Story Part 1: The Challenge

By G C Network | October 24, 2019

The cybersecurity challenge seems to be growing daily. Threats are becoming more sophisticated, and attacks are becoming more destructive while the corporate world’s response seems to resemble a deer in headlights. Recent examples of this dangerous state of affairs include[1]: A data breach of a US Customs and Border Protection surveillance contractor that led to…

CIO dream team: Who’s in and why?

By G C Network | October 12, 2019

Today’s CIO navigates the twin challenges of enabling new business models and managing rapid technological change. Cloud computing strategies are now table stakes. CIOs must make complex decisions about using public and private clouds, on-premises enterprise systems, Internet of Things, edge computing, and many other user experience outlets. Cloud-enabled digital transformation can’t happen without the…

Q: Is it time for my company to jump on the composable architecture bandwagon?

A: Composable architectures are quickly becoming essential to the modern enterprise.

Citing a recent Forrester study: the adoption of composable infrastructure as an element of a hybrid IT strategy results in faster, more flexible, and more efficient ecosystems that enable companies to:

  • better meet customer expectations,
  • gain an edge over competitors, and
  • increase selling opportunities (89%).

Why composable architecture?

Composable infrastructures deliver compute, storage, and network resources as services from multiple logical resource pools.

The approach treats infrastructure like applications. It enables IT to construct new systems from collections of software-defined building blocks, which are managed as code. Infrastructure automation tools provision the required infrastructure on demand.

The challenge…

The challenge with this approach is many organizations aren’t yet prepared to operate the data center automation and multiple clouds that are foundational to a composable infrastructure. They need to walk before they run. To effectively do so, enterprises should implement a data center infrastructure design and optimization strategy focused on application portfolio rationalization. By tackling the modernization task this way—from the infrastructure side—legacy data centers become private clouds, and existing legacy or packaged applications get migrated onto the highly-automated environment.

Taking this initial step towards a hybrid-cloud environment enables a rational and collaborative adoption of public cloud infrastructure services (IaaS). It can also reduce friction often caused by the need to retrain staff in public cloud operations, modern infrastructure technologies, and composable solution management tools.

Management guidance…

A recent report from IDC, about the use of multi- and hybrid cloud services, highlights related composable architecture management issues, such as:  

  • The need for enterprises to become more agile in their responsiveness to customers
  • Organizational requirements to optimize ROI from all investments—especially IT
  • Requirements for addressing the technical complexity of adopting the cloud model
  • An imperative to transform CIO and IT function into a collaboration and integration hub for all other enterprise executives and functions

IDC suggests that organizations looking to partner with services firms to effectively deploy composable services architectures should work with firms that also provide:

  • Technology advisory and consulting services that help in application portfolio rationalization and modernization, robust security blueprint design, and data center infrastructure design and optimization;
  • Transformational road map development support for upgrading legacy to private cloud using existing assets and replacing existing infrastructure with public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS); and
  • The experience and know-how to deliver more agility and speed from IT, increasing revenue by enabling firms to build new revenue-generating products and services faster while also addressing the management complexities of deploying and managing applications across multi-cloud environments

This recommended path towards implementing a hybrid cloud environment optimizes the composable architecture strategy to build new revenue-generating products and services while simultaneously addressing key inhibitors to change.

This post is sponsored by @IBM Services.


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