Key Takeaways from the Gartner Conference: How IT is Helping to Revolutionize the Enterprise

ThinkGig

Vice President of Colocation Product Management

CenturyLink recently was a premier sponsor of the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure and Operations Management Conference. The conference provided an excellent opportunity for industry leaders to learn and exchange ideas.

I had the pleasure of hosting the Centurylink panel session, attended by over 185 people. Our panelists shared interesting insight into the effect new technology decisions have made to their business goals. I would like to thank Paris Georgallis, Senior Vice President, RMS, Sriram Sitaraman, Director, Synopsys and Lee Kirby, CTO, Uptime Institute for their participation and insight.

Here are some key takeaways from the panel event:

  • RMS discussed their decision to broaden their target market by expanding their offering into a SaaS model and implementing a cloud version of their tool called RMSONE. They are looking forward to the ability to more quickly integrate product upgrades and enhancements and to be able to provide the scale required for peak activities and timeframes.
  • Synopsys spoke about the challenges of integrating multiple companies through multiple acquisitions. Bringing on so many different firms provided an IT nightmare and inefficiencies for Synopsys due to the fact that each acquired company had their own systems, processes and procedures. Sriram spoke about their solution to implement a private cloud solution which acts as a portal for all the disparate systems and now provides the ability for a collaborative environment while still maintaining individual technology requirements.
  • Uptime Institute discussed what should be required of the provider you partner with, and the need to authenticate the ability for data center and colocation provider partners to really ensure they are delivering 100% uptime. Uptime Institute provides that audit for you through their Tier 1 – Tier IV design, build and operational sustainability accreditations. For the on-going operations of the data center, Uptime has the M&O Certification program. At the Gartner Event it was announced that CenturyLink has made the commitment to certify all 57 data centers globally with the Uptime M&O stamp of approval.

It’s such an interesting time to be providing IT services. A recent study stated 71% of 1700 CEO’s see technology as the number one factor to drive company success; it really puts the CIO in the spotlight to showcase innovation to help grow the business.

As an IT outsource provider it is imperative that we deliver above and beyond expectations. We understand our customer’s reputations, brand and success rely on the service being always available and at a price point that provides a clear ROI.

Click here to view the panel in its entirety.

http://gartner.mediasite.com/mediasite/play/6e07e454b6924d6cade4deb577afc7ce?playFrom=74797&autoStart=true&popout=true

0 Comments

Data to Decisions – Welcoming Cognilytics to the CenturyLink Team

ThinkGig

Executives-announce-dayIs your organization discovering that like cloud, big data is really, really hard? Depending on who you listen to, organizations are using big data to analyze a small fraction of their data or none at all. Why? The influx of data is too great, the tools are new and have a steep learning curve, and the talent pool is expensive and limited.

Although big data is hard, organizations still see its promise. Big data today is a classic supply and demand problem. There is a vast supply of data and a demand for people and solutions to turn that data into decisions that create revenue.

Read more…

0 Comments

The Hybrid IT Files: The Truth is Out There

ThinkGig

In the business world we work amidst a plethora of industry “buzzwords.”   Buzzwords start out meaningful, yet over time have lost their originally intended meaning.  And technology buzzwords achieve a special level of irritation – they tend to mean different things to different people.  Not only have they been over-used, but also over-interpreted.  Buzzwords pull off a rare trick – they are at the same time meaningless and precious.  Everyone seems to have their own unique reason for hating them.

Read more…

0 Comments

Committing to Excellence in Data Center Operations

ThinkGig

CenturyLink announced our commitment to certify all 57 of our worldwide data centers to meet the Uptime Institute’s Management & Operations (M&O) guidelines. We will be the first company to be evaluated at the global portfolio level for the Institute’s M&O Stamp of Approval. Getting there involves committing to audit all 57 of our data centers over the next two years to provide third party verification of operational excellence, sustainability and consistency in meeting the 100% Uptime Service Level Agreement (SLA).

Read more…

0 Comments

Value of a Hybrid IT Environment

ThinkGig

CenturyLink is a premier sponsor of the upcoming Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) Management Conference. The theme of this year’s event is Leading I&O:  Delivering New Levels of Innovation and Productivity and will be held in Las Vegas on Dec 2-5 at the Venetian Hotel.

To exemplify how the data center is playing a leading role in innovation, I will be hosting a panel of our customers at the event titled “How IT is helping the Enterprise Revolutionize their Markets.”

Read more…

0 Comments

The Week in Links: Retailers Look to Tech to Transform Shopping Experience

ThinkGig

Like other industries, retailers are finding new ways to use technology to gain competitive advantage, particularly in the area of gaining insight to better target customers and improve the shopping experience. For this “Week in Links,” we’ll take a look at some of the latest in this retail IT News: Read more…

0 Comments

Expect Your Workday to be Ruled by the Internet of Things in 2020 [INFOGRAPHIC]

ThinkGig

As technology continues to evolve to support and create uses of the Internet of Things, it’s not hard to imagine — even predict — how businesses and their workers will come to depend on this interconnection among devices, users, and the Internet in everyday life.

In homes, cars, offices, stores and more, connected devices — an estimated 26 billion worldwide by 2020, according to Gartner — will have a wider influence on what we do, and how we do it.

Read more…

0 Comments

The MOOC Evolution: What’s New, and What We Still Have to Learn

ThinkGig

We’ve examined some important trends in schools and universities that technology makes possible. It’s time to take a look at another: Massive Open Online Courses, known as MOOCs.

These online courses, which made a big splash a couple of years ago — The New York Times even dubbed 2012“The Year of the MOOC” — have faced the initial hype and criticism that accompany big tech trends. And now the courses are in the midst of what some are calling MOOC 2.0.

Read more…

0 Comments