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The coming cloud – April 30, 2008

By G C Network | May 18, 2008

I attended the IBM Public Sector briefing this morning. The IBM executives were clearly basking in a financial performance glow. After ending 2007 with increases in revenue, profit and earnings per share, IBM also turned in an impressive 1Q’08. This being a partner conference, a big highlight was the fact that 36% of IBM’s revenue…

Google, Cloud Computing, and the US Intelligence Community – April 29, 2008

By G C Network | May 18, 2008

Just arrived in Los Angeles for the IBM Business Partner Leadership Conference. IBM is billing this as a “new” conference, but I have my doubts. I am, however, very interested in hearing many of the speakers, particularly Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google. His presentation on “The Future of the Web, Cloud Computing and…

Location Based Services – April 25, 2008

By G C Network | May 18, 2008

INmobile.org is a exclusive community for executives in wireless industry. As a member, I have the opportunity to participate in a number of interesting discussions about mobile and wireless technology. Here’s a summary of the points made in a recent discussion about location based services. Thanks goes to Adam Zawel for this excellent summary. CARRIER’S…

IBM Business Partner Leadership Conference – April 23, 2008

By G C Network | May 18, 2008

I just completed registration for the IBM Business Partner Leadership Conference. This is a new invitation-only conference being held this year in Los Angeles from Wednesday, April 30th through Friday, May 2nd. I’m looking forward to renewing my IBM contacts “in person” versus the “virtual” meetings that have become such a fixture of today’s business…

Telephone & Web = WOW !! – April 21, 2008

By G C Network | May 18, 2008

The power of the Internet and the web lies in its ability to provide access to information. The mobile web takes this one step further with its ability to provide information relevant to a specific location. Although the promise of this marriage is mind boggling, computer and smart-phone keyboards have slowed the adoption and widespread…

The Power of Family Oral History – April 19, 2008

By G C Network | May 18, 2008

Although I just started this yesterday, I’ve decided to backdate this entry to last Saturday, April 12, 2008. That’s when my family had it’s 3rd Annual Black History Party. The main reason I’m doing this is because of the life lesson that experience taught me. That lesson was the power of family oral history. For…

So much to blog ….Entry for April 19, 2008

By G C Network | May 18, 2008

When I started this yesterday, I had a list of about five things I wanted to say on this blog. I then decided on a strategy to list topics as I thought of them and then only have one entry a day. Then later, I heard this great sucking sound. It was as if a…

Hello World ! – May 18, 2008

By G C Network | May 18, 2008

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a blog for about six months now. Initially I didn’t see how any of my contributions to the blogosphere would matter to the world. The importance of this view, however, waned as I became more and more absorbed by the power of Web 2.0. As my participation…

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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