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IT and HR: Not such an odd couple

IT and HR: Not such an odd couple

A discussion on how those writing the next chapters of human resources and information technology interactions are finding common ground to significantly improve the modern employee experience.

How rapid machine learning at the racing edge accelerates Venturi Formula E Team to top-efficiency wins

How rapid machine learning at the racing edge accelerates Venturi Formula E Team to top-efficiency wins

A discussion on how data-driven technology and innovation are making electric racing cars an example for all endeavors where limits are tested and bested

The budding storage relationship between HPE and Cohesity brings the best of startup innovation to global enterprise reach

The budding storage relationship between HPE and Cohesity brings the best of startup innovation to global enterprise reach

A discussion on how edge-centric data and compute require a management lifecycle capability at the edge and how a tag team of startup and global vendor are building such a solution.

HPE’s Erik Vogel on what's driving success in hybrid cloud adoption and optimization

HPE’s Erik Vogel on what's driving success in hybrid cloud adoption and optimization

A discussion on innovation around maturing hybrid cloud models and how proper common management of hybrid cloud operations makes or breaks the expected benefits.

How total deployment intelligence overcomes the growing complexity of multicloud management

How total deployment intelligence overcomes the growing complexity of multicloud management

A discussion on how new tools, processes, and methods bring insights and actionable analysis to help regain control over hybrid cloud and multicloud sprawl.

How an agile focus for Enterprise Architects builds competitive advantage for digital transformation

How an agile focus for Enterprise Architects builds competitive advantage for digital transformation

A discussion on how Enterprise Architects should embrace agile approaches to build more competitive advantage for their companies.

Qlik’s top researcher describes new ways for human cognition to join forces with augmented intelligence

Qlik’s top researcher describes new ways for human cognition to join forces with augmented intelligence

A discussion on how the latest research and products bring the power of people and machine intelligence closer together to make analytics consumable across more business processes.

Using AI to solve data and IT complexity -- and thereby better enable AI

Using AI to solve data and IT complexity -- and thereby better enable AI

Learn how AI will help conquer complexity to allow for higher abstractions of benefits from across all sorts of data for better analysis.

How IT can fix the broken employee experience

How IT can fix the broken employee experience

A discussion on how a European IT consultancy is leveraging the latest digital technologies from Citrix to transform how its 11,000 employees work.

Architectural firm attains security and performance confidence across virtualized and distributed desktops environment

Architectural firm attains security and performance confidence across virtualized and distributed desktops environment

Learn how BLDD Architects developed IT security that supports all of its servers and mix of clients in a way that’s invisible to its end users.

Qlik’s CTO on why the cloud data diaspora forces businesses to rethink their analytics strategies

Qlik’s CTO on why the cloud data diaspora forces businesses to rethink their analytics strategies

A discussion on why new ways of thinking are demanded if comprehensive analysis of relevant data can become practical across a multi- and hybrid-cloud deployments world.

Happy employees equal happy customers -- and fans. Can IT deliver for them all?

Happy employees equal happy customers -- and fans. Can IT deliver for them all?

A discussion on how new breeds of intelligent digital workspace technologies can deliver a superior employee -- and ultimately customer -- experience that boosts engagement, productivity, and business results.

How automation and intelligence blend with design innovation to enhance the experience of modern IT

How automation and intelligence blend with design innovation to enhance the experience of modern IT

A discussion on how advances in design enhance the total experience for IT operators, making usability a key ingredient of modern hybrid IT systems. 

CEO Henshall on Citrix’s 30-year journey to make workers productive, IT stronger, and partners more capable

CEO Henshall on Citrix’s 30-year journey to make workers productive, IT stronger, and partners more capable

A discussion on how Citrix is charting a new future of work that abstracts productivity above apps, platforms, data, and clouds to empower, energize, and enlighten workers while simplifying and securing anywhere work across any deployment model.

How real-time data streaming and integration set the stage for AI-driven DataOps

How real-time data streaming and integration set the stage for AI-driven DataOps

A discussion the latest strategies for uniting and governing data to enable rapid and actionable analysis in a multi-cloud world. 

How HCI forms a simple foundation for hybrid cloud, edge, and composable infrastructure

How HCI forms a simple foundation for hybrid cloud, edge, and composable infrastructure

A discussion on how IT operators are seeking increased automation, built-in intelligence, and robust security as they look for turnkey hyperconverged appliance approaches for both cloud and traditional workloads.

How Ferrara Candy depends on automated IT intelligence to support rapid business growth

How Ferrara Candy depends on automated IT intelligence to support rapid business growth

A discussion on how a global candy maker unlocks end-to-end process and economic efficiency through increased actionable insight and optimization of servers and storage.

How Texmark Chemicals pursues analysis-rich, IoT-pervasive path to the ‘refinery of the future’

How Texmark Chemicals pursues analysis-rich, IoT-pervasive path to the ‘refinery of the future’

Listen to this podcast discussion on how Texmark, with support from HPE and HPE channel partner CB Technologies, has been combining the refinery of the future approach with the best of OT, IT,  and IoT technology solutions to deliver data-driven insights that promote safety, efficiency, and unparalleled sustained operations.

How the composable approach to IT aligns automation and intelligence to overcome mounting complexity

How the composable approach to IT aligns automation and intelligence to overcome mounting complexity

Learn how higher levels of automation for data center infrastructure have evolved into truly workable solutions for composability. 

Transform the Traditional: The Multi-cloud Enterprise

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Companies large and small are changing in order to innovate faster, provide better customer experiences, and achieve greater cost efficiencies. British philosopher Alan Watts has a suggestion for dealing with this type of disruption: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

Sounds simple, right? It is not.

Many businesses are dancing straight into the arms of public cloud because it enables them to meet time-to-market deadlines by scaling quickly and easily. Yet, others find that certain workloads are not appropriate for this type of Tango due to cost, performance, compliance, security, or complexity issues. And a growing number of enterprises are looking for a mix of IT deployments to attain ideal results. In order to adjust quickly to changing business needs, IT wants the flexibility to place some applications in the public cloud and others in a private cloud on-premises – sort of like choosing to enjoy both hip-hop and ballet.

Transforming the traditional

As organizations try to select the best deployment options, they are finding that cloud is no longer a destination; instead, it is new way of doing business that focuses on speed, scalability, simplicity, and economics. This type of business model allows cloud architects to distribute workloads across a mix of on-premises and public clouds. No matter where IT places the workload, everyone in the enterprise expects fast service delivery, operational simplicity, and optimization of costs.

If this scenario sounds too good to be true, it actually is…for the moment.

IT is struggling to achieve this type of cloud transformation due to a number of constraints typically found in data centers. Most people acknowledge that much of today’s data center infrastructure is slow, complex, and manual, which means that IT can’t properly deliver the services needed for a modern, cloud-based deployment model. Yet, the challenge is actually much bigger – it involves legacy thinking, which can be harder to change than technology. 

Out with the old way of thinking … in with the new

Many developers in the past routinely used a type of waterfall model for project management, where the project leaders define the project at the start, and then it goes through a number of sequential phases during its lifecycle. This model has its roots in engineering where a physical design was a critical part of the project and any changes to that design were costly. Changes occurred infrequently and all at once. IT operations was comfortable with this process, because the old way of thinking believed that if the frequency of change is reduced, risk is also reduced.

Modern developers have discovered that the opposite can be true. If something goes wrong with a massive change, it could very well bring down the entire company. Therefore, the new way of thinking is to implement small changes much more frequently. That way, if something fails, it is a small failure – and the team can quickly change course without causing major problems.

A transformed data center needs a new mindset that embraces an agile set of principles, similar to how application developers work – delivering and accepting project changes in short duration phases called sprints. During each sprint, continuous change is encouraged, creating a more agile and flexible environment. And failure is allowed, because that is when learning – and adjustment – occurs.

Another big change involves capital spending and total cost of ownership. The old thinking involved inflexible consumption models that forced the organization to pay for everything up front. Again, IT believed that this model was less risky because they knew the costs upfront and could accurately plan accordingly.

Yet this model can be more risky because it is not agile; IT could not increase infrastructure for a short duration during a critical need, and then dial it back down when the need no longer existed. Today’s new way of thinking about IT infrastructure involves a flexible, as-a-service consumption model, where customers only pay for what they use when they use it.

Creating a perfectly choreographed experience across your enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is working to solve your legacy thinking challenges in the data center and in the public cloud. Cloud Technology Partners (CTP), a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, will help your team learn the mindset changes your business needs to succeed in a digital transformation and the steps you need to make toward a truly hybrid model.

HPE is also creating a perfectly choreographed series of solutions that will quickly modernize your data center and public cloud infrastructure footprint. With the help of HPE’s industry experts and innovative infrastructure, you can quickly turn your legacy data center into a hybrid cloud experience that combines modern technologies and software-defined infrastructure such as composable infrastructurehyperconvergenceinfrastructure management, and multi-cloud management.

A new hybrid cloud operating model built for speed, agility, and cost optimization is upon us. Make sure you have the right partner to “plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” 

Advisory services at Cloud Technology Partners can help you understand how to take advantage of today’s new, modern multi-cloud technology. To learn more about how composable infrastructure can power your digital transformation, click here. Visit HPE OneView and HPE OneSphere to read how to simplify and automate infrastructure and multi-cloud management.

 

About Gary Thome

Gary Thome is the Vice President and Chief Technologist for the Software-Defined and Cloud Group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). He is responsible for the technical and architectural directions of converged datacenter products and technologies.

To read more articles from Gary, check out the HPE Shifting to Software-Defined blog.