06/01/2017
OCSL Editor

2017 really is set to be another amazing year in technology. For me the combination of Azure Stack underpinned by the new, simplified, condensed HPE hardware is really exciting. These two developments, combined with Containerisation, effectively creates a brand new modern infrastructure for 21st business. 

Here’s my top 5 2017 CIO agenda items for the year ahead.

#1. Hybrid IT. The reality for most organisations is the need to protect old legacy systems and infrastructure, whilst still embracing new platforms that drive digital transformation.  At last year’s Discover, we saw the interest and focus around HPE’s Synergy platform.  And here really is an example of the classic Hybrid IT bridge between the old world and the new worlds.

#2 - Azure Stack. The phrase on everyone’s lips! Because Azure Stack stretches across both Public and Private Clouds, management overheads are massively streamlined.   You develop once; you maintain once. Azure Stack will make Hybrid Cloud a reality for many organisations

#3 - The Disrupters: Docker, Mesophere and CHEF. The development of containerisation and disruptor technologies is equally seismic.  With faster more agile containers, app development and data management have been liberated.  No longer tied to traditional application architecture, such as Windows and Linux, micro services including apps and data stores can now be spun up and spun down with ease and agility. 

And this fast, streamlined use of systems and services is critical for providing a superior customer experience. Whether you're developing medical apps for patients or marketing apps to build your customer base, if the customer experience isn’t fast and smooth, its game over.

#4 The Intelligent Edge. This is likely to be the largest single shift over the next 24 months. How businesses move their touch points to leverage IoT and build feature rich environments with the Intelligent Edge will be the disruptive force across so many industries.

The essence of this technology is about creating faster robust networks (WiFi and Wired) which provide information back to the providers enabling a shift in how users interact. At the foundations this is underpinned by technologies such as Aruba and Arista who have made great strides in improving the mesh which connects people, sensors and devices to provide big data stacks which can be mined in real time for value and targeted experiences.

Some are already pioneering and we at OCSL are already ahead of the curve on this.

We’re currently working on developing the infrastructure for a client in the leisure industry and some joint marketing initiatives with HPE.  They want to be one of the first organisations out there to capitalise on the huge potential of Intelligent Edge data.  This is going to be a massive opportunity in both leisure and retail organisations.

#5 Cloud Economics.  Conversations with CFOs can be challenging when it comes to Cloud.  And in many cases, improved infrastructure and higher performance can be the only proof-points needed, but something like OCSL’s Enablement Framework can also really help create board-level clarity around the value of digital transformation projects.

Cloud management tools, can also deliver increased transparency around how Cloud stacks up on the balance sheet.  OCSL’s own Cloud Control portal has in-built sophisticated billing capabilities to track and manage spend.

And moving forward, we plan to offer an even higher level of granular billing for multiple Azure accounts.  Budget holders will be able to clearly lock down and track different budgets for different teams, such as Project Management and DevOps teams.

So what does this mean for you and your business?  The key point to takeaway is the importance of having a modern solid infrastructure that can support these fast, agile technologies and networks.

Without this, the reality of achieving a fast, superior customer experience will be an impossible goal.

If you’d like to talk to us about developing a faster, more robust infrastructure in the year ahead, Get in Touch.

Thought piece