Just having returned from the Gartner IT Symposium, Jim Grogan, senior director at SunGardAS, offered to share a few key points from the conference…CM
IT Management Shifting Viewpoint: from “Output” to “Outcome”
Gartner’s Andrea DiMaio and Mark McDonald pointed to a shift from “output” to “outcome” in how we need to make IT decisions for the future. The real value rests in the outcome, and this is a better way to measure any IT investment. When struggling to demonstrate clear measures of project success, this offers a new opportunity to speak to business leaders and differentiate performance.
Datacenter Expansion: “Buy” or “Build”
Analyst Eric Knipp projected that by 2015, more than half of the organizations surveyed reported they will need to either structurally change or build a new datacenter. Given the lead time needed for such projects, this would suggest that activity will commence in 2011 for this prediction to materialize.
Research VP Hung LeHong offered a key approach for IT decision makers to view technology. Hung stated the first question to ask should be: “Is this technology valuable?”, not “How does it work?” This ties back to the perspective of outcome, not output. Whether the technology is valuable to you depends on the potential outcome in your organization.
The Changing Shape of Cloud Adoption
These points offer valuable insight on cloud-technology adoption. Costs are part of every business decision, but cost savings per se are not the first reason to look at cloud computing. As Daryl Plummer stated, cost savings are the side-benefit of cloud computing.
Considering the potential build-out of datacenters, cloud technology has a significant role, either to offset the potential space required within an organization’s own data center, or to ensure that internal cloud deployments consider resilience and the need to fail-over for critical application availability.
When you answer the question that a particular technology is valuable (as Hong LeHong asked), and forge ahead with application deployment, resilience must be part of the architecture to support the new application. For these “valuable applications”, the cloud may become the preferred approach for deployments. The side-benefit of lower costs to deploy new applications on the cloud will help fuel growth strategies .
Mark Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, offered this observation during his keynote address: “We need to innovate as an industry; consolidation is not a growth strategy!” For all mission critical applications, that growth will depend on resilience to be sustainable growth. Whether leveraging cloud technology, virtualization or other yet-to-be seen technology, our on-demand, real-time world demands that successful applications remain highly available.