Re-envisioning enterprise IT in the era of mobile, social with open cloud
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I believe the enterprise IT application delivery model as it exists today in many organizations is broken. With the advent of cloud, social and mobile, it requires new thinking.
I spend much of my time assisting IT departments who are being challenged by their business users to deliver mobile, social and cloud based applications to generate new business value.
To adapt, they are looking for guidance across multiple domains (technical, cultural and organizational) as to how to meet changing user expectations of IT service delivery. All too frequently, if IT is not delivering, the users look to external cloud service providers who can offer agile, pay as you go (PAYG) services.
I do not believe public cloud service provision is the only future. Custom infrastructure, private cloud and hybrid combinations offer value propositions that cannot be met with public cloud alone. However it requires major change on the part of IT.
To remain relevant, enterprise IT needs to be reinvented.
Over the last 18 months as CTO for cloud computing at IBM UK, I have worked with many IT organizations that are grappling with the adoption of cloud technologies. This has given me the chance to look at the challenges they face and the new capabilities they require from many perspectives. Also I have been able to engage with IBMers and the industry to bring to bear best practices, trends and solutions.
My belief is that open
A second aspect is that delivery of applications and services to users’ needs to be integrated across development and operations if it is to realize the agility and time-to-market benefits that cloud automation solutions can bring. This builds on the classic plan-build-run delivery model.
This is the first in a series of blog posts based on my experience of engaging with these organizations, addressing the questions they pose and challenges they face as they adopt cloud.
Over this series of articles my intent is to show the value of open architecture and open standards in adopting cloud solutions and some of the necessary cultural and organizational changes. The following are some of the topics I will be covering over the coming weeks:
Are there other aspects of enterprise IT adoption of open cloud computing I should also cover? What are your thoughts? Comment below, or connect with me on Twitter @SteveStrutt.