The last two years have seen an increase in CIO redundancies. Unfortunately, we can only guess at the exact reason for this situation but we can take away one thing – it does show the uncertainty present in many boardrooms. This is no surprise given the various challenges that companies are facing at the current time. The question is: what is on the agenda of CXOs? One of their challenges internally is to translate the business objectives in such a way that it becomes possible to create effective applications. The business objective for organisations is clear: to make a profit and, by doing this, enable the company to invest and grow. To make this possible, it is important for applications to support business processes and ensure that effective communication takes place between employees, partners and suppliers.
Business needs and trends
Clearly, IT departments today are facing numerous challenges. The business wants to shorten the time-to-market, reduce costs, innovate, have constant access to data anywhere and quickly gain access to new services. IT managers are also ‘stuck’ with a legacy environment that has not been designed to facilitate rapid innovation. Added to the above, each IT department identifies all kinds of trends to which it needs to respond, ranging from VDI to Bring Your Own Device and from converged infrastructure to cloud.
Internal services broker
IT departments are increasingly finding themselves confronted with the question of what their core task is: ‘Keeping the lights on’ or ‘continual innovation’? According to analysts, just one answer is possible: continual innovation, by transforming the IT department into an internal services broker. Cloud technology will play a central role here. Cloud solutions put organisations in a position to outsource all or some management tasks and an IT department is then able to create space for innovation. This is very much in line with the ideas of Charles Darwin, who believed that species that are the most adaptable to change are the most likely to survive. The same applies for organisations that achieve continuity by continuing to innovate. They do not invest in IT because they have to but because it yields business value.
A hybrid cloud approach presents organisations with the optimal opportunity to retain control of their data while also achieving the scalability and flexibility required. The hybrid cloud combines a private cloud approach with on-premise infrastructure components for control purposes with a public cloud approach with off-premise infrastructure components for economies of scale and cost advantages.