Systems of Innovation for Ongoing Digital Transformation
Information technology (IT) advances are transforming the way we innovate in
business, thereby disrupting the old guard and their predictable status-quo.
It’s creating global market turbulence. Industries are converging, and new
opportunities and threats are emerging, like never before.
So, how are savvy chief information officers (CIOs) leading this transition?
Back in 2015, the IBM Institute for Business Value conducted a market study
that included the findings from over 1,800 CIO interviews from around the
globe. The resulting insights are worthy of revisiting today, as we consider
the digital business transformation outlook in 2017.
Introduction to the Torchbearer CIO
CIOs realize the barriers between formerly distinct industries are
collapsing, as organizations in one sector apply their expertise to others ... (more)
The Business Case for Hybrid Cloud Services Adoption
Forging a viable business technology strategy for today’s global networked
economy is a high priority for most forward-thinking CEOs across the globe.
Their guidance to CIOs is to create the fusion between existing IT
infrastructure and modern cloud services. Moreover, the shift to a Hybrid IT
model must support the organization’s key commercial expansion objectives.
The savvy leaders who have a superior approach can extract greater value from
their legacy IT investments, and launch new initiatives based upon public and
Like any new business technology, the early development of cloud services can
be a little confusing -- as some descriptions are still open to
interpretation. However, the dialog is helpful, because it enables us to
focus on the true business value of data center resources.
According to Forrester Research, cloud computing platforms are more than
shared multi-tenant infrastructures on the public Internet. There are three
infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud deployment options available; each
has unique characteristics and economics.
Forrester’s three cloud service scenarios follo... (more)
Government agencies are reportedly one of the primary benefactors of managed
cloud services. According to the results from a recent market study by IDC,
IT decision-makers across the Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan) found
that 59 percent of public sector respondents are confident in the ability of
their internal IT departments to deploy private cloud environments.
However, IDC Government Insights cautions that high levels of private cloud
adoption may not bode well for a collaborative and citizen-engaging
government and preemptive measures should be taken for collaboration to ... (more)
Coexistence: Adopting an Optimal IT Infrastructure Model
Some mainstream IT buyers might think that most cloud infrastructure vendors
and service providers are essentially alike. But there are key differences.
Besides, given the body of market research to the contrary, there’s clearly
no such thing as a "one-size-fits-all" cloud solution.
Furthermore, if you believe that a hybrid cloud should support an IT agenda
to transform a business, then a viable solution must consider the preexisting
systems of record within the enterprise. That’s why forward-thinking CIOs
often seek inform... (more)