HCTS Presents: The Voice of the Enterprise View on Digital Transformation: Obstacles

In this second piece in a three-part series, Amy Hedrick, Research Associate for the Voice of the Enterprise practice, examines some of the key themes currently being observed by 451 Research and how these relate to topical sessions at the upcoming Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit, being held September 19-21 in Las Vegas.

Through our Voice of the Enterprise research, we interview dozens of IT professionals each quarter, across a variety of technology sectors – storage, datacenter transformation, security, cloud computing, Internet of Things and converged infrastructure. The agenda for HCTS 2016 addresses concerns we’re hearing from our enterprise commentators, as they describe how digital opportunities are transforming their IT ecosystems and the challenges that lie ahead. Digital transformation is real. Here’s a sampling of what we’ve heard.

Obstacles to Transformation – The path to a digital ‘Cloud First’ offering isn’t always smooth. Strategic planning may dictate a desired goal, but the bigger the organization, the more challenging it can be to change course to cloud. Public cloud and SaaS offerings have made it easy for business units to do their own IT, often termed ‘shadow IT,’ which raises security issues. And implementation of “go digital” mandates must include careful examination of all parts of the environment, including network, compute and storage.

¬∑         ‚ÄúThe largest hurdle ‚Ķ is culture and management. And having a common unified understanding of a cloud definition, and the technical experience to understand what benefits can be brought from the cloud. And that's really it in a nutshell.‚Äù (Finance)

¬∑         ‚ÄúWe don't necessarily discourage [shadow IT]. We encourage them to engage us with that, and get us to help them be safe about what they're trying to do and understand the pluses and minuses ‚Ķ and then try to protect them ‚Ķ and the company as a whole from whatever they're doing. Where it makes sense, we're trying to pull that into IT and offer that on a wider scale.‚Äú (Manufacturing)

¬∑         ‚ÄúIf we move you [and your existing application to cloud], then we've got a whole bunch of network connectivity things. We've got compliance issues. We might even have latency issues, things that we have to worry about. We're not sure how it‚Äôs all going to function and work.‚Äù (Government/Education)

¬∑         ‚ÄúBecause you signed a contract or because one of the first processes goes live on Salesforce, it doesn't mean that there's still not a bunch of on-premises systems supporting our sales organization, that those processes will be phased in to the Salesforce environment slowly. It's just the realization that if you're not ready to retire that system, we [can't] stop the lifecycle of the operating system or the server or whatever.‚Äù (Manufacturing)

Suggested HCTS sessions:

It’s Not Who You Know, It’s How You’re Connected: Interconnection’s Staggering Importance
Eric Hanselman, Chief Analyst, and Jim Davis, Senior Analyst, Networks & Media, 451 Research

A Shift in IT Equals a Shift in Security: How Cloud-Related Trends Are Affecting the Role of Security
Adrian Sanabria, Senior Analyst, Information Security

Descriptions for all HCTS sessions can be found on our event website. Register by July 22nd to take advantage of preferential rates and be a part of this year’s industry-defining event.

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