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.
Topic: Cloud Computing
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.
In the IT world we are barraged by terms like cloud, agility, DevOps, and a myriad of others including Hybrid IT. If George Carlin was in the enterprise compute space today, I think he would have a field day with our current vocabulary. So what is this Hybrid IT thing? The truth is IT has always been hybrid in one-way shape or form. Every technology evolution requires that enterprise IT take a hybrid approach to implement new IT technologies.
This is part of our Walk Me to the Car series – be sure to take a look at a few of our other topics such as “3 Things I Need to Know about the Cloud”
Today’s installment of our power-packed new “Walk Me to the Car” blog series for busy execs asks: What is the big deal with the new software development models, such as DevOps, Agile, CD, and so forth?
By Devyani Sharma and Ben Brauer
Just imagine an avid football fan is about to head to a big game and it’s raining heavily. Through the power of experiential real time analytics, the retail store nearby can combine and factor information about the fan’s prior purchases and preferences, opt-in cell phone location data, store inventory data and combine it with external sources like weather and local events data to personalize a real-time offer of 20% off team logoed ponchos and umbrellas sent right to their cell phone. How convenient! Such intelligent use of Big Data Analytics is allowing retailers to connect with the customer at the right time with the right offer.
Retail organizations faced with the challenges of the increased competition for the shopper are constantly looking for ways to differentiate through innovative business models that introduce new products, services and methods of purchase. By recognizing that various data sources can be the source of value and customer insight, retailers can evolve from a descriptive, predictive, and finally to a more prescriptive method of decision-making.