At Mobile World Congress 2016 we debated and explored IT transformation at our inaugural CIO roundtable featuring Intel and Gartner. If you are tasked with creating and executing your company’s IT strategic transformation plan you should keep reading. If you are tasked with creating and executing your company’s IT strategic transformation plan, then you are responsible for the most important plan in your company today, one that will define whether your company is a future leader, a future follower or future footnote.

Predictability and de-risked execution

Everyone agreed. Transformation is not a question of when or if but how. And all enterprises have one thing in common during their transformation – the need for predictability and de-risked execution.

But how can that be achieved in times of great change? How can that be achieved quickly? What are the best practices? How can the increased efficiencies that are required be the result of transforming to a seemingly more complicated and agile future?

Server utilization above 70 percent

Hyperscale cloud providers have already achieved this milestone but they are not in the business of making their lessons commercially available. These hyperscale providers have server utilization north of 70 percent, compared to traditional enterprise averages of below 20 percent. The equivalent in dairy farming is a farmer milking only 20 percent of the farm’s cows while the farm down the road is producing 4x as much milk for less.

The question we all have to face is this: what do we do when such a farmer turns up in our market and not only produces milk cheaper and faster but also in many more flavors, colors and shapes? Well, here’s the answer. We need to industrialize and accelerate our own transformations so that when such a farmer turns up not only are we as good, but we also have breeds of cows that farmer doesn’t even have access to. This is how we de-risk the future and create predictability for our own businesses and for our customers.

Asking questions at CIO roundtable

Ericsson_Cloud_blog_digital_industrialization_IT_transformation_Jason_Hoffman_CIO_Roundtable_MWC.jpgDuring our two-hour session at MWC, featuring analyst insight from Gartner,  we each presented our journeys. We held working sessions on what is truly important and we presented amongst ourselves in order to share learnings, insights, challenges, opportunities and plans. Should systems of record be kept internal or outsourced? How should systems of innovation be handled? What is best practice for re-factoring? What is the right mode of operation for re-factoring? When should a public cloud be used? When should it not? What does Amazon recommend?

This is not a technology conversation; this is a total transformation conversation in which the least available assets are competence and knowledge and the sharing among peers that flows from those.

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Geoff Hollingworth

Geoff is Head of Product Marketing Cloud Systems, responsible for the global positioning, promotion and education of Ericsson’s next generation Cloud infrastructure offerings. He was previously embedded with AT&T in Silicon Valley, leading Ericsson’s innovation efforts towards the AT&T Foundry initiative. He has also held positions as Head of IP Services Strategy for North America and overseeing the Ericsson brand in North America, as well as other roles in software R&D and mobile network deployment. Joining Ericsson more than 20 years ago, Geoff has been based in London, Stockholm, Dallas and Palo Alto. He holds a First Class Honors Bachelors degree in Computing Science and has won the Computing Science Prize of Excellence from Aston University in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

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