Data center transformation doesn’t belong just to IT anymore. Key decision makers across business groups are pushing to move data centers from black boxes of raw processing power to flexible IT systems that enable rapid innovation.
Topic: Cloud Computing
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.
A series on CenturyLink’s Information Technology team’s move into the cloud
As part of our journey to the cloud, our CenturyLink IT team has made a commitment to migrate 90% of our strategic applications to the cloud. The foundation for this is our long-standing strategic plan for our application portfolio that we call “cap and grow”. Driven by both natural IT strategic evolution and numerous acquisitions, we’re “capping” our investments in many legacy systems and retiring others, while “growing” our investments in existing and new, strategic applications.
We’ve all read them – amazing case studies about software-driven startups that disrupt established industry incumbents with born-in-the-cloud thinking and development agility. We read the articles, listen to the stories, and get increasingly frustrated at how unfair it all seems. “That sort of thing couldn’t work at my company!”
Now more than ever, enterprise IT leaders are waking up to the fact that if their company hasn’t been disrupted yet, they will be soon. Anyone who claims that fast-paced agility “would never work here” is engaging in self-fulfilling prophecy. This has led to the emergence of a hybrid technology leadership model, where some resources are focused on the traditional business, and others are focused on exploratory innovation. Dubbed “Bi-Modal IT” by Gartner, this trend represents a critical strategic concept for IT leaders in many different industries to understand and embrace.
However, the trick with Bi-Modal IT is that, by adopting it, you can actually drive a wedge through your organization which does more harm than good. The stakes are high!
In our next episode of the Hybrid IT Files, we shift our focus to yet another layer of the IT stack – the business strategy layer. Alignment between IT and the business has been a critical challenge for decades. But in the face of disruptive innovation, companies need to figure out how to re-invent themselves on the fly without jeopardizing their existing revenue streams that keep the lights on. Our guests will be technology thought leader Jonathan Murray and Odell Riley of CenturyLink, two technology executives with strong perspectives on what Bi-Modal transformation is like on the front lines of leadership.
We’ll get at the answers of questions such as:
- What is the origin of the term?
- What are the motivations and thought process for adoption?
- How do you get over molehills to implementation?
- What are the industry trends surrounding the success and failure in adoption of Bi-Modal IT?
We hope you’ll join our live broadcast on Thursday, February 12th at 9AM Pacific, you can join us here in our viewing room on Crowdchat and if you visit the page you can add the session to your calendar. – and if that’s too long to wait, we hope you’ll catch up with Episodes 1 and 2 of The Hybrid IT Files on our CenturyLink Business YouTube channel. See you then!
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.