Topic: Cloud Computing

Cloud: Over the Hump, but Maybe Not the Bumps

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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.
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Navigating the World of Hybrid IT: The eBook

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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.
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Hybrid IT, the Latest Evolution of the Data Center

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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.
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Walk Me to the Car… What’s the Big Deal with Agile Software Development?

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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?
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Data to Decisions from CenturyLink

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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.
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Application Strategy Improves IT Agility

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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.


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Bi-Modal IT and Innovation

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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!

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Advancing in the Gigabit Economy

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The Gigabit Economy

Shirish Lal discusses The Gigabit Economy

The IT sector is having one of its periodic moments of congruity and clarity, where seemingly disparate trends come together and form the basis for accelerated change.Several key technologies have matured and created a nexus of rapid innovation: High-performance/low-cost bandwidth, cloud-based computing, and the virtualization of machines and network functions, plus the proliferation of smart and mobile devices enable enterprises to be competitive using new IT models. When businesses seize on unlimited bandwidth, computational power, and scale for strategic advantage, we like to call this the “The Gigabit Economy.”

The overall IT ecosystem is shifting under our feet as the Gigabit Economy ushers in a new phase of cloud growth. The data supports the notion that things are not the same, and won’t be the same in enterprise IT going forward. Gartner posits that half of enterprises will have hybrid clouds by 2017[1].

You can see the changes taking place when you consider how difficult it was historically to consume, produce and distribute applications. Buying a major piece of enterprise software like an ERP application or database required an IT department to make a major upfront purchase at a significant cost. It was typically a lengthy decision-making process across IT, line of business, finance and the executive team. Overall, a very difficult and time-consuming process for everyone involved.

Now we have a radically new approach. You pay for software on per-use basis rather than upfront.  Gartner projects that the global SaaS market will grow by 20.2% per year, or from $18.2 billion in 2012 to $45.6 billion in 2017[2]. The pay-per-use fee also includes the hardware it’s running on, maintenance, security and connectivity. It’s a very different risk profile. The result is a real simplification of the consumption process. With this, a lot of things change, and we’re leading the way.

The Gigabit Economy opens the door to wholly new digital business models and the disruption of industries. One telling note of change is how more and more technology decisions are being guided by line of business managers. They are taking advantage of a simpler, faster IT consumption process to speed up their time to value. Bandwidth, software platforms, hardware, network are all available on demand. Companies can focus on their core businesses and not get caught up in infrastructure.  They can develop and deploy applications in the cloud, leveraging a host of options from dedicated servers to containers. The business unit gets what it wants more quickly and IT stops taking the unfair rap for being slow.

We fuel this kind of innovation by building the cloud, network, and security services that support big data and big apps.Our goal is to give businesses the speed and agility to seize market opportunities and deliver better online customer experiences. To be at the forefront of the Gigabit Economy, we have harnessed our own innovation and assets to create Platform CenturyLink, a new way of working with us to realize your business strategies through enterprise-class cloud computing.

Platform CenturyLink unifies our previously separate products and service offerings into single point of control. The Platform puts our network, cloud, hosting, and co-location assets into a highly scalable, API-driven service offering that’s easy to manage. Through a single interface, you can manage sophisticated IT projects in the cloud across all phases of their lifecycles. If you want to innovate in the Gigabit Economy, we give you the means to move your ideas forward quickly and economically. With the Gigabit Economy in effect and Platform CenturyLink, you can confidently create and deploy sophisticated IT projects in a cycle that’s fast enough to keep you out in front. We help businesses succeed in the faster, ever-changing Gigabit economy.

I invite you to give it a test drive. It’s time to get started!

[1] https://www.gartner.com/doc/2637515/forecast-it-services–q
[2] https://www.gartner.com/doc/2637515/forecast-it-services–q

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