Data and the ability to use it is the gold rush in the digital age.  The proliferation of data and sources of data are re shaping organizations and business models.  The legacy IT systems cannot support the sheer volume of data, and they are not flexible, scalable, and are far too expensive in this new age.   The cloud is being increasingly relied on as a vehicle for agile, scalable and elastic solutions. To build competitive advantage and cut costs, CIOs and other IT leaders need to constantly adapt their strategies to leverage cloud capabilities.  By 2020, more compute power will have been sold by cloud providers than sold and deployed into enterprise data centers.  The role of the cloud as a carrier or vehicle for digital business is paramount.


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Analyst Q&A with Daryl Plummer  VP & Gartner Fellow:

Q: How has this topic evolved since last year? I.e. any major changes in the market? Changes in strategy? Changes in technology?

A: The cloud story has continued to solidify. The major cloud providers are more entrenched and simply evolving and growing their dominance. Serverless computing, AI, blockchain, and IoT continue to rise as new technology platform capabilities in the cloud. Multicloud is still growing but not well understood by many companies. And, edge computing support is now linked to cloud growth.


Q: What’s one of the biggest mistake organizations make when it comes to this topic?

A: Many organizations still treat cloud computing as a data center migration, focusing too much energy on Infrastructure as a service and not enough on SaaS strategies. While most companies have some SaaS in place already, their IT organizations tend to prioritize IaaS migration higher in terms of governance, strategy, and direction. The two should evolve better together. One other major mistake is the treating of cloud strategy as a comprehensive activity encompassing all workloads across the company rather than building up a series of best practices from examining individual workloads one at a time. 


Q: How are IT leaders leveraging this topic to transform their organizations?

A: IT leaders use cloud migration as a means of gaining permission and budget for modernizing as well as a means of offloading less valuable activities to the cloud so they can focus on the more critical tasks. 


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Why is cloud so important?
  • Digital business requires the sharing of data across ecosystem channels. That data is now coming from multiple applications and solutions that are driven more by the business than IT.  Cloud is the most flexible and cost effective way to connect and share all of the data.
  • Cloud is a backbone to the digital transformation.  Digital needs a carrier of the massive amounts of data coming from people, places and things and across ecosystem partners that is scalable and flexible and Cloud is the answer.
  • Cloud is a must for CIO’s. The need for scalable, flexible, and cost effective options for data management is critical to them. Cloud allows IT to support the rapidly changing needs of the business and support the IT architecture.


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Hot Topics covered at Symposium will include:
  • SaaS
  • IaaS
  • PaaS
  • Multicloud
  • Infrastructure & IT Ops


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