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Enabling Digital Transformation

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…

Digital Transformation and the Mainframe

By G C Network | September 1, 2019

Digital transformation infuses digital technology into all areas of an organization’s business or mission. Its fundamental purpose is to create and deliver innovative and industry-changing digital products and services to a global customer base. By doing this, an enterprise gains an ability to quickly act and react to changing data, operational conditions and competitive strategies…

Composable Architecture Q&A. Are you ready?

By G C Network | August 26, 2019

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…

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Increase Productivity by Reducing Technology Distraction: Lessons from Forrester Research

By G C Network | August 8, 2019

Workplace productivity is hurt every day by the very technology developed and purchased to improve it. Forrester announced this surprising conclusion in their latest “How To Wake Up From The Nightmare Of Workplace Technology Distraction” study. The Forrester Analytics Global Business Technographics® Workforce Benchmark Recontact Survey included 6,508 respondents in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, the…

Unveiling the end-to-end capabilities for the networked society

By G C Network | June 10, 2019

An Interview with Henrik Basilier  By Kevin L. Jackson The telecom industry is rapidly moving towards a future in which networks must have the capabilities of delivering services with the agility, flexibility and scalability only made possible by full programmability. More than software defined networks (SDN), these capabilities will deliver software defined service domains that…

AT&T Finance Solutions GM on Shrimping, Software, and CX

By G C Network | June 10, 2019

Helping clients address the trends and challenges presented by the Financial Services industry is the main focus for René Dufrene in his role as General Manager of Finance Solutions at AT&T Business. His global responsibility includes Retail Banking, Insurance, Payment, and Wealth Management solutions. His background, the impact of digital transformation, the role of 5G,…

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Cloud Computing Evolves: An Interview with Mats Johansson

By G C Network | June 6, 2019

Recently, Ericsson Digital released an amazing report on Edge Computing and 5G. In it, they explained how distributed cloud computing is paving the way for the future of network communications. They also advised telecommunications operators, not to wait for 5G but they should build tomorrow’s networks today! Given the cost, effort and focus such a commitment…

The IoT Nexus: Bosch Connected World 2019 in Berlin

By G C Network | May 11, 2019

Next week, I will be influencing #LikeABosch as I accept an invitation from the company to attend Bosch ConnectedWorld 2019 (BCW19) in Berlin, Germany. This is one of the world’s largest international forums for the Internet of Things (IoT) and brings together the best minds to energize the co-creation of connected products and solutions invented for life. The conference,…

Survive and Thrive With Digital Transformation

By G C Network | April 17, 2019

First cloud computing then multi-cloud. How can we get ahead of this digital transformation nightmare? These are the laments heard in conference rooms and board meeting around the world. While the goal seems simple, adopting and migrating to a cloud service provider requires much more than executive willingness and a sharp IT organization. A lot…

The “George Jetson” of Today

By G C Network | April 13, 2019

He grew up in Silicon Valley, landed his first job at Apple Computers, was introduced to Nobel Prize winners by his dad and today, he takes a self-driving car to work so that he can squeeze in a few morning conference calls with the US east coast Team. Is this George Jetson!? No. It’s just…

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 partners and the relevant industry ecosystem.

Hybrid cloud computing supports that outcome by enabling ubiquitous, convenient and on-demand network access to shared and configurable computing resources that can be used by anyone to access digital products and services from anywhere, at any time and on any device.

Hybrid cloud has proven to be a viable solution for delivering quantum improvements in operational capability, market relevance and business profit. The transition to hybrid cloud, however, is hard work. It demands time and attention from the most skilled members of your team. And that alone seems a challenge. A recent report from Frost & Sullivan sheds light on what companies are experiencing first-hand.

Hybrid cloud strategy

According to the report, 80% of IT leaders say that a hybrid cloud strategy is essential to remaining competitive in their industry, and 75% say that cloud computing is the most critical part of their entire digital transformation strategy.

Frost & Sullivan report: Data center challenges may slow digital transformation

The report also suggests that “the path toward a modern, efficient, cloud-enabled data center is engaging the right IT support partner.” Frost & Sullivan points out that 34% of IT leaders worldwide say they have engaged with a partner for data center services, and another 44% say they plan to do so in the next two years.

The challenges these leaders cite include:

  • Difficulty with managing a complex and difficult environment, highlighting integrating data center and cloud environments as the top concern
  • The need to have technical staff focused on routine management and maintenance tasks, leaving too few resources devoted to strategic initiatives
  • The administrative struggle to manage many vendors and providers in their hybrid cloud or data center environment
  • Poor or inconsistent application performance across a hybrid environment
  • The imperative to deploy open source projects in their hybrid environments as a way of increasing speed and agility in software development
  • Lack of enough in-house cloud expertise and the challenge associated with hiring and retaining qualified staff

Vendor agnostic

Frost & Sullivan says an effective IT support partner should be vendor agnostic and able to manage a hybrid IT environment (traditional data center and cloud) in a consistent manner. The consultancy suggests a prospective partner should be able to prove expertise across a broad range of hardware, software and IT services, as well as readiness to address future technology needs.

Bottom line: If you want to maintain leadership in your industry through digital transformation and hybrid cloud, experts recommend teaming up with a trusted partner.

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