Celebrating the 15th Annual Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit – Presenter Q&A with Carl Lehmann

Interview with Carl Lehmann, Principal Analyst

Automation remains one of the hottest topics in IT. Principal Analyst Carl Lehmann knows this all too well, and will bring his insight to the “Automation Effectiveness – Are you Prepared to Compete for the Future?” session at the Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit (HCTS), which will be on September 24 at 4:20pm PDT, in the Orovada Breakout Room 2 at the Aria in Las Vegas.

Q: What will you be discussing in this session?
A: Aggressive digital business strategies and the scarcity of IT expertise on the open market have made the automation of IT processes a high priority. There are several fundamental levels of automation available to enterprise IT organizations. In general, they include infrastructure and cloud services provisioning, continuous deployments as part of DevOps strategy, and IT services management automation. All require new approaches to enable IT toolchain interoperability across what is now a highly distributed and diverse hybrid IT architecture. New approaches to IT automation will be the topic of this moderated discussion panel.

Q: Why is this topic significant?
A: To compete effectively in the modern digital business era, enterprises must seek new competitive advantages. While there are many ways to achieve this, common to nearly all enterprises is the need to improve business and IT process efficiencies, and to automate these improvements so they execute reliably and consistently.

In a recent 451 Research survey, we asked business and IT decision-makers about their current and expected future automation efforts. Of the 881 respondents, 50% stated that automation in their IT environment is mostly manual, with some automated processes; 75% say they expect this to change, citing IT automation to increase in the next 12 months.
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Featured Data: VotE Survey Results Indicate that Automation Investment is on the Rise

Contributed by Principal Analyst Carl Lehmann

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According to our latest Voice of the Enterprise – Digital Pulse: Budgets & Outlook survey data, 58% of respondents indicated that their current IT environments are either highly or mostly reliant on manual processes. As these businesses move toward digital transformation, these organizations need to be able to tackle new IT projects that will allow them to adapt to digital disruption, adopt new technologies, and meet new business objectives. Automation is a key tool that can allow IT teams to refocus their time on these new projects. Thus, it is sensible that 75% of VotE respondents indicated they expect to increase their automation investment in the next 12 months.

I see this trend as a key driver for digital business and the future of hybrid IT as businesses transform for the future. This will be an important element as I collect my insights for my presentation – “Automation Effectiveness – Are You Prepared to Compete for the Future?” – at the 15th annual Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit this coming September. Register today to get the insights you will need as you navigate the digital revolution.
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Industrial IoT: What is Missing and What is Next?

451 Research has covered the adoption of Industrial IoT for several years, and it is a significant area to consider both for existing IT providers and for those industries looking to automate further. IIoT has significant long-term equipment installations, brownfield sites, as well as major new installations adopting all of the latest technology, under its umbrella. This area also has the ongoing organizational struggles between Operational Technology (OT) and IT, making projects more complicated to build and deploy. There are also some noticeable gaps in the approaches to IIoT and its related technologies that may not have been dealing with adequately.

During this webinar, Ian Hughes, Senior Analyst for IoT, VR and AR, and Emily Wentworth, Research Associate, at 451 Research will describe the current state of play of IIoT and then introduce some key challenges and opportunities in the future. Ian will touch on the challenge of defining architectures in IIoT, and testing and implementing solutions. He will further highlight the importance of uniting OT and IT and the role of people in what is often portrayed as a pure automation play, as well as cover how front-line workers will need to engage with IIoT on the shop floor, using tools such as Augmented Reality (AR) to get the full benefit of this digital transformation wave. Emily will cover her work on Cobots in this presentation. 

The webinar will be of use to those in the IT industry who will benefit from the OT perspective and vice versa.
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