Part of my role as an Architect Evangelist is to tell people things they may not want to hear, though eventually most are glad they listened. For example, I have recently been involved in a number of conversations about whether big data should go into the cloud or stay on-premises. My response is, “Who said it was an either/or choice?” This is the risk with new paradigms such as Hybrid IT and cloud. You can get true believers who will hear nothing except that their new way is the only, best way to do things. Once in a while, this is true, like when we finally killed off the BetaMax, but generally, there is a lot of room for compromise.
Topic: Cloud Computing
It is of little surprise to say that Asia Pacific (APAC) is viewed as the primary growth market for the majority of Multi-National Corporations. The region leads the world in a number of significant areas – total population size, population growth, total number of Internet users, to name just a few. When coupled with the rise in average wage earnings and average internet usage, there exists a huge market opportunity for both B2B and B2C businesses in this part of the world.
The IT strategies of businesses vary widely, though there is one common thread associated with the market’s leading brands: Technology matters! Global businesses are embarking on digital transformations, embracing new technologies to work smarter, drive innovation, and serve customers more efficiently. At the center of this journey is an ever-expanding universe of knowledge available from your organization’s data. Now is the time for CIOs to make big data a top priority.
Deploying big data and analytics solutions used to require months of planning. From scoping the hardware that you’d run your applications on, working with purchasing to buy servers and software licenses, waiting for hardware to be delivered, installing the servers in your data center and so on. Cloud has changed this dynamic by enabling you to spin up instances of new applications in minutes. Cloud is also changing the economics required to kick off big data projects.
My role here at CenturyLink is an Architect Evangelist. The practice of evangelism involves creating a transparent, honest, two-way conversation with customers about their business that creates long-term relationships. I collaborate with the engineering, sales, product, and marketing functions of my organization to compose stories that begin with “why” and connect to the “how and what” of a specific technology. My goal is to inspire customers to take action and embrace proven thought leadership, evolving best practices, and industry insights, in building transformative solutions that give them a competitive advantage. If creating a new business paradigm is the rubber, evangelism is the view down the road.
In 1790, the world was in the midst of the first industrial revolution. The evolution from hand production to machines had an impact on every industry – from transportation to mining. For those who recognized the trend, it meant faster production, greater profits, and better quality. While we’ve advanced significantly since those days, companies are again on the verge of a new revolution having a similar impact.
Journalist and founder of Business 2.0 James Daly once said: “You can’t suppress creativity, you can’t suppress innovation.” And it turns out he’s right. Next-generation technology is accelerating at unprecedented speed. The result is a widening chasm between legacy and emerging technology. Businesses are challenged by the investment and expertise required to keep up the pace.
Gartner recommends that “IT leaders should develop a cloud IaaS strategy using a bimodal IT approach, rather than adopting a hybrid cloud approach based solely on extending existing infrastructure investments.”
Now that more than 50% of US companies use public cloud technology , we are clearly “over the hump” in cloud adoption. But migration, security, and the realities of managing a hybrid IT infrastructure are key topics that may still cause bumps in the road for IT organizations. Want more information on smoothing out the road on your cloud journey? If you’re at Interop this week, join CenturyLink as we address these hot topics in cloud adoption.