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December 10, 2020

Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference: Day 4 Highlights

We are bringing you news and highlights from the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference, taking place this week virtually in the Americas and EMEA. Below is a collection of the key announcements, and insights coming out of the conference. Here are the highlights from Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

On Day 4 from the conference, we are highlighting how the pandemic has impacted cloud migrations, four must-do’s to take control of storage infrastructure and data services, and how to create a modern workplace computing strategy. Be sure to check this page throughout the day for updates.

Key Announcements

Press releases and stories covering news from Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies conference are listed below:

How Pandemics Impact Cloud Migration Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

Presented by Sid Nag, VP Analyst, Gartner

Pandemics are impacting cloud migration. Sid Nag, VP Analyst at Gartner, explained what imperatives IT leaders should focus on to address their cloud migration challenges as an outcome of such events.

Key Takeaways

  • “16% of organizations believe their business can continue as normal in the new pandemic era, which means that the majority don’t believe they can go on normally.”

  • “We identified three cloud migration imperatives to help IT leaders manage their cloud migration journey in this new era of pandemics:”

  • Cost optimization imperatives: Track costs, understand billing anomalies, optimize underused resources and perform smarter instance allocation.
  • Business continuity imperatives: Establish and ensure your business continuity model is built to continuously respond to your needs in a remote, ever-changing environment.
  • Security imperatives: Institute a cloud security framework designed to enable you to move from temporary remote workers to a full-time remote workforce..

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4 Must Do’s to Take Control of Your Storage Infrastructure and Data Services to Support Change

Presented by Julia Palmer, VP Analyst, Gartner

I&O leaders are looking to modernize their storage and data services to support potential changes. In this session Julia Palmer, VP Analyst at Gartner, uncovered four focus areas that I&O leaders must consider to take control of their storage and data services to support change.

Key Takeaways

  • “If I&O leaders do not take drastic decisions, by 2025, 65% of I&O leader positions will be filled with people without any I&O experience.”

  • “As a result of COVID-19, 59% of CIOs want their I&O leaders to provide technology that supports change.”

  • “Time is now to change and reinvent your role and embrace the same goals and objectives that your CIO wants.”

  • Focus area #1: Embrace digital business as your personal mandate.
  • Focus area #2: Equip yourself and your I&O team with skills, knowledge and tools.
  • Focus area #3: Prepare to deliver infrastructure in a different deployment model anywhere.
  • Focus area #4: Transform your approach to new technologies and platform solutions.

Creating a Modern Workplace Computing Strategy for 2020 and Beyond

Presented by Chris Silva, VP Analyst, Gartner

This year has drastically shifted priorities for I&O leaders who have been tasked with managing the infrastructure to enable remote work. In his session, Chris Silva, VP Analyst at Gartner, discussed some of the techniques that organizations have employed to create a sustainable computing strategy. 

Key Takeaways

  • “One of the most pronounced changes that organizations worldwide have had to deal with is the push for remote work. This is a major change for IT and specifically for I&O teams in digital workplace or end-user computing roles.”

  • “40% of the I&O respondents that we surveyed said that controlling costs, and even lowering costs, was their number one or number two priority.”

  • “The idea of work settings is the ability to give us an adaptable set of experiences where we can meet users where they are.”

  • “We don’t often think about how the automation of end-user computing and digital workplace operations can not just help IT scale, but it can help the business scale and achieve new things.”

  • “The traditional tools where we have separate pillars of management for our PCs and Macs from our mobile devices just can’t support a digital workplace.”

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