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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Business Disruption brings Business Opportunity for Service Providers- Find out more at #451HCTS!

Brett Azuma, SVP of Research, will serve as the conference chair for the 2016 Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit. Recently, Brett took some time to examine both the strategic and technical aspects of transformation, which will be central to this year‚Äôs theme of Business Disruption in the Age of Cloud. Below, we‚Äôve paraphrased some of his discussion points and the potential this holds for the service provider community. For more, watch the webinar in full, and register today to be a part of HCTS.  

Disruption has been growing in frequency over the past few years to the point where organizations can be divided into two buckets: those being disrupted and those about to be disrupted. Several factors have led to this change including, but not limited to, lower barriers of entry, improved flow of information, divergent competitive business models and accelerating customer-adoption rates.

Which new technologies have accelerated disruption?

¬∑         Cloud has increased the ability to move and evolve more quickly. The question for enterprises is no longer why should I put it in cloud, but why shouldn‚Äôt I?

¬∑         DevOps has added agility, speed and flexibility to the deployment scheme, allowing for changes to be made more quickly.

¬∑         Internet of Things (IoT) is far more visible than some of what we‚Äôve seen with cloud; however, it wouldn‚Äôt be possible without cloud. IoT allows us to gather more information and could also be referred to as the ‚Äúintelligence of things.‚Äù

Amid this disruption is a huge opportunity and obligation for service providers. Enterprises are starving for guidance on how to go through this transformation and need service providers to provide it. It becomes their responsibility to help enterprises move forward in order to usher in this new age.

To hear more about the impact of transformation in this new business environment, watch Brett‚Äôs webinar in full, and register today to be a part of HCTS. 
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Business Disruption in the Age of Cloud

Please join Brett Azuma, SVP Research, on Tuesday, June 28th at 1:00pm ET for an interactive webinar where he outlines the technologies, strategies, and trends in buying behaviors that are needed for service providers, vendors, and their financial backers to address business disruption in the age of cloud. 

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What to Expect at the Infrastructure Executive Summit

Simon Robinson, Research Vice President, Voice of the Enterprise Infrastructure and Storage, and Conference Chair for the inaugural 451 Research Infrastructure Executive Summit, takes an in-depth look at what you can expect to learn, discuss and explore by joining us on May 24th in New York. 

The IT industry is experiencing the most fundamental shift in its short history; as every organization moves to the digital era, the relationship between the business and the IT organization is being fundamentally redefined. In particular, the emergence of the public cloud model has presented the industry with a new operating model for IT. Increasingly, the question is not whether the organization will embrace the public cloud but, rather, when, and to what degree? An increasing number of organizations now have a strategy of ‘cloud first.’
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451 Research Presents 2016 Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) Outlook

IT organizations are seeking to transform their environments and capitalize on opportunities that the new cloud and digital era offer. As this pressure to transform escalates, many IT professionals are considering software defined infrastructure (SDI) and SDI-related technologies as a part of their 2016 budgeting process.

451 Research Presents 2016 Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) Outlook
March 22, 2016 | 11am ET

Please join Simon Robinson, VP of Research and Nikolay Yamakawa, Senior Analyst, for a deep dive into our 2016 outlook for customer spending in SDI and SDI-related technologies. During this interactive webinar we will also discuss adoption of SDI and related technologies in addition to future deployment plans for 2016 and beyond, as gleaned from over 900 online surveys and dozens of interviews with senior IT buyers.
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