IT organizations are no longer just a business support
function and cost center—they are expected to drive
business as part of the core corporate strategy. Adding
to this, IT landscapes continue to increase in complexity,
complicating management and innovation.
Digital transformation helps IT adapt to these changes.
Building a hybrid or multi-cloud IT environment can help
you transform successfully. An effective cloud environment
• Improved infrastructure management and flexibility
• More time for IT to focus on strategic projects rather
than manage data centers.
• Better IT cost management
In fact, 49% of companies cite “modernized IT infrastructure and technologies with increased agility, flexibility,
manageability, and security” as a digital initiative on their
Digital transformation will fail without a commitment to automation - what AHEAD
refers to as Relentless Automation. With the advent of public cloud and all of
its promise, along with the ripple effect from the DevOps mantra of “automate
everywhere”, technology teams must spin up new infrastructure, maintain
configurations, and set up and tear down environments much faster than ever before.
Of course, no one should automate for the sake of automating, or to simply be ahead of the curve. But while not every
activity warrants automation - whether due to the complexity and nuance of the task, or its infrequent occurrence - Relentless
Automation means identifying those tasks and processes where the benefits of automation outweigh both its upfront and
Thankfully, the business benefits of standardizing and automating IT work are easy to spot:
> Freeing up staff for higher value work
> Reduction in errors and process variability
> More auditability and accountability, helping
Digital Requires a New Level of
Insight and Control
Digital strategies have caused business
executives to intensify their scrutiny of how
technology affects bottom line performance.
With a growing emphasis on differentiating
the customer experience in highly competitive
markets, these executives want to understand
how their IT systems affect everything from brand
perception to customer acquisition and loyalty.
3 | A Guide to Intelligent Operations
Meanwhile, those same demanding business leaders lack
appreciation and patience for the complexity of today’s digital
technology environment. While applications and user experiences
are simpler and more intuitive, the backend processing, application
interdependencies, and underlying infrastructure are more complex
than ever, even in light of the benefits of abstraction, virtualization,
and cloud computing (see Figure 1.)
While CIOs have long been expected to improve stability and uptime
- and done a pretty good job of it - the stakes are much
Digital Business Continues to Move
the Cyber Goal Posts
Fortune magazine estimates that by the year 2020, US
companies will spend $101 billion per year on cyber security, up
38% from 2016. With all of the money being invested in cyber
security, why do the pace and complexity of new security threats
continue to rise year after year?
A big reason is that today’s digital business involves a more
mobile workforce with expectations of immediate and on
demand access to data fronted by intuitive and engaging
user experiences, and often underpinned by public cloud
infrastructure for increased agility and time to market.
Published By: Aviatrix
Published Date: Jun 11, 2018
Global Transit Network architecture is critical to the success of your AWS cloud deployment. Implemented correctly, a Global Transit Hub enables traffic to securely flow from on-prem to VPCs, or from VPC to VPC, in a way that minimizes complexity and cost and maximizes agility and availability. Implemented poorly, it becomes a choke point that is time-consuming – and costly – to maintain and troubleshoot.
As part of our fact-filled AWS Bootcamp series, Aviatrix CTO Sherry Wei reviews seven best-practice topics for Global Transit Network architecture.
Free Evaluation Checklist
In addition to the slides, you’ll also receive a handy spreadsheet-based checklist with 50 architecture and business goals to consider when evaluating solutions for your own Global Transit Network.
Who Should Watch?
Anyone responsible for connectivity of cloud resources, including cloud architects, cloud infrastructure managers, cloud engineers, and networking staff.
The digital age has created a new level of complexity for businesses around the globe. Is having an intelligent ERP a critical component in digital transformation? Digital transformation is fundamentally altering the way enterprises utilise their enterprise resources planning systems. Find out how Intelligent ERP is the key to mastering the complexity of the digital age.
"Use this e-book to help move beyond the day to day challenges of protecting your business and start shifting to an IT resilience strategy. IT resilience is an emerging term that describes a stated goal for businesses to accelerate transformation and easily adapt to change while protecting the business from disruption.
How to prepare for both unplanned and planned disruptions to ensure continuous availability
Actionable steps to remove the complexity of moving and migrating workloads across disparate infrastructures
Guidance on hybrid and multi-cloud IT: gain the flexibility to move applications in and out of the cloud"
With the introduction of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act, organisations must take corruption in business seriously. Given the complexity of the activities addressed in an anti-bribery and corruption programme, however, the task can seem overwhelming.
Our Anti-Bribery and Corruption Risk Assessment Checklist outlines how to implement an effective anti-bribery compliance programme using a protect, detect and correct methodology to manage core programme components such as:
• Risk Assessment
• Corrective Action
• Training / Communication
• Controls / Oversight
• Business Partners
Our checklist will enable you to design and implement an effective, global and consistent anti-bribery compliance programme.
Published By: OutSystems
Published Date: Apr 01, 2014
This whitepaper examines the scale and complexity of the IT skills issue, focusing on specific areas within the IT departments where the skills issue will impact most, particularly around application development.
Published By: StreamSets
Published Date: Dec 05, 2018
Enterprise analytics is quickly evolving into a democratized capability where anyone can access and act on all available information, often in real-time employing advanced techniques. But the complex, dynamic and urgent nature of modern data analytics demands a new approach to data integration.
This paper proposes that DataOps, the application of DevOps practices to data analytics, is the best way to overcome these challenges to create an iterative build-operate process for data movement.
Read this white paper to:
Understand how modern data analytics create data integration challenges due to architectural complexity, operational blindness and data drift.
Learn how DevOps pillars of automation and monitoring can create higher developer productivity, operational efficiency and business confidence in data.
See specific examples of DataOps functionality being applied to data integration across modern architectures.
Published By: Dynatrace
Published Date: May 21, 2019
The Internet of Things (IoT) is exploding across every industry, everywhere, starting a new chapter in digital transformation. As new use-cases for IoT continue to emerge, the digital experiences they enable will become increasingly critical to business success, connecting all aspects of human society.
Based on a global survey of 800 CIOs, this report examines the challenges organizations face as they begin to explore and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) use-cases and web-scale applications.
Companies running legacy job scheduling products suffer from higher costs, inefficient use of resources, and greater IT complexity, according to independent analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates. Read their findings, and see why consolidating on a single, comprehensive workload automation solution is an easy win for IT and the business.
VDI deployments offer tremendous advantages but can also impact server and network resources significantly. A complete VDI solution should deliver a reliable, high-performing desktop user experience while taming complexity and supporting scalability within a secure, stable framework.
Riverbed SteelFusion, as the first converged infrastructure solution purpose-built for the branch, promises to transform branch IT through the stateless “projection” of data, applications, and VMs actually stored in the datacenter. In this Taneja Group Technology Validation we found that SteelFusion truly can transform branch IT by reducing complexity, injecting powerful capabilities and making the branch resilient, protected, and recoverable.
SOA implementations tend to be complex, IT decision makers should carefully consider their choice of a SOA platform in terms of its ability to simplify the fundamental development, deployment, and management tasks involved. Read on.
Published By: Riverbed
Published Date: May 18, 2012
As your business needs become more dynamic, monitoring systems will be key to understanding how applications fulfill business needs and your ability to provide governance will determine the success level of your entire enterprise. With complexity growing at such a hyperbolic rate, in the future, automated application discovery and dependency mapping will not just be useful -it will be mandatory.
Published By: Riverbed
Published Date: May 18, 2012
Consolidating IT infrastructures is a continuing trend, particularly in an uncertain economy with organizations looking to reduce costs. Broader consolidation requires overcoming complexity, distance, latency, and silos; but a well-planned and executed consolidation approach can extend beyond cost savings to include improved risk mitigation and efficiently. Download and learn to maximize the data center of the future and consolidate without compromise.
As those hosting transactional data on System z today already realize, it is one of the most secure, highly available and reliable platforms on the market - now see how organizations are bringing their analytics to IBM System z to better harness their data and gain greater business insights while containing cost and reducing complexity.
Programmatic advertising is full of complex patterns. Very similar to patterns in nature. Our guide, Brilliant Advertising, shows how fractals in nature perfectly describe the complexity of programmatic ads and pave the way for how you should approach creative assets.
Read the guide to learn five ways to overcome challenges to programmatic ads, including how to:
• Bring marketers, creatives, IT, and data analysts together to ensure success
• Save money and time while improving engagement and conversion
• Customize multiple versions of one campaign and serve ads with strong creative in real time
The complexity and high level of integration inherent in SAP environments can make development especially challenging and increase the time required to bring solutions to market. Persistent development and test challenges include unavailable systems, inability to accurately model performance and complex test data requirements. By employing service virtualization to model the core business logic in SAP systems and integrations, teams can free themselves of these constraints, leading to faster build and test cycles, better quality and lower cost.
Published By: Equinix
Published Date: Oct 20, 2015
In real estate, the most important factor is location, location, location! Your services are not quite as sensitive to the physical position of your technology, but location certainly can be a pivotal factor in optimizing your service design and service delivery. Ideally, location shouldn’t matter; however, it does
have an e?ect on customer experience. When technology services were simpler, location was largely irrelevant, but now the complexity of new services demands a strategy more in line with your BT agenda than your former IT agenda. The e?ects of regulatory, cost, risk, and performance factors will vary based
on the physical location of your technology resources. Colocation providers, cloud service providers, and even traditional hosting services o?er plenty of evolving options to help infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals balance these factors to optimize service design and delivery.
Today’s IT teams spend far too much time struggling against increasing system complexity and tools failing to make monitoring easier and more reliable. To combat these challenges, both admins and site reliability engineers need a clear view of infrastructure performance and availability.
Splunk® Insights for Infrastructure (SII) is an analytics-driven monitoring solution that provides the seamless experience organizations need for infrastructure monitoring on the AWS cloud.
Download this product brief and discover how SII offers:
• An easy install within minutes—available as a free download
• Detailed investigations through granular metrics
• Seamless monitoring and troubleshooting
Published By: 8x8 Inc.
Published Date: Aug 09, 2017
Progressive companies of all sizes today are taking advantage of new, web-based technologies to reduce IT complexity and increase their competitiveness.
Mobile apps and devices that provide anywhere, anytime connectivity and cloud infrastructure that enables seamless, scalable growth give them the speed and flexibility to grow quickly and expand into new markets.
In this whitepaper you will find three examples of forward-thinking franchise owners and entrepreneurs that are growing their businesses and positioning themselves for the future with unified communications solutions. These franchises are:
Download now to learn more!
Published By: 8x8 Inc.
Published Date: Aug 09, 2017
There is a crisis in enterprise communications and collaboration, due
in large part to the diversity of technology and application silos that
create user complexity and confusion. As cloud and mobile become the
convergence points for enterprise communications and collaboration,
enterprise planners have to focus on a global open cloud strategy to
facilitate effective internal and external collaborative business workflows
Published By: HP Inc.
Published Date: Feb 14, 2019
How to overcome complexity and be ready for future growth.
The modern production digital print market brought a world of opportunities for micro-runs and variable data printing into the hands of Print Service Providers (PSPs). With print available in any quantity to anyone, print is being democratized, resulting in ever-greater numbers of increasingly smaller jobs. The old print model of high-volume static print is being replaced with a myriad of micro-runs and micro-jobs.
Automation that allows PSP owners to master the ensuing complexity and respond faster than ever before is enabling them to refocus on market development and on delivering value.