Enterprise Transformation 2016
According to a Forrester study quoted by Lavastorm Analytics and published in December 2014, enterprises must make a shift to a philosophy and culture “that closes the gap between what customers want and what the company can deliver.” They were referring to a process of transformation from IT (Information Technology) into BT (Business Technology). The merging of IT and BT faces obstacles. Enterprises are expanding C-level positions as the CIO‘s mandate does not cover the entire set of activities involved in this corporate transformation. Some organizations create new job descriptions like Chief Data Officer (collects, maintains, and makes available data per policy), Chief Asset Officer (new assets created by the digital industrialization), and Chief Knowledge Officer (maximizes the use of the knowledge acquired for better decision making and innovation).
A New Social Contract
The 2016 enterprise will need to adopt a new social contract:
Social contract theory, nearly as old as philosophy itself, is the view that people’s moral and/or political obligations are dependent upon a contract or agreement among them to form the society in which they live.
The unification of business with IT is the most significant transformation to be massively adopted by all forward-looking enterprises in 2016.
Data Governance Questions
- Is data used for business decisions both current and accurate?
- Does your IT department work closely with business leaders?
- Is your data under control?
- Does your data security meet legal compliance and regulatory requirements?
The Role of Ericsson Cloud
In my opinion, Ericsson’s approach to cloud computing addresses all the above needs and more. As Jason Hoffman, Head of Cloud Technology within Business Unit Cloud & IP at Ericsson, and a cloud pioneer said: “We’re making a product push within cloud to have products that do not (yet) exist in the market that address a real actual problem in the space – end to end from facility to data.” With this solution, the enterprise gains the ability to unify business with information technologies. This is the major reason why Ericsson designed this new approach to cloud computing. In its ultimate form, Ericsson can drop to a customer site (or any other location designated by the customer) a single enclosure that contains all the software, hardware and networking components working seamlessly as an HDS-8000 hybrid cloud The word commonly used is hyper-convergence, meaning:
a type of infrastructure system with a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, networking, and virtualization resources, and other technologies from scratch in a commodity hardware box supported by a single vendor.
Sir Graham Bell called his invention the “acoustic telegraph.” Later, someone called it a telephone. After that everyone knew what a telephone was. I expect a similar evolution with Ericsson Cloud.
The word “cloud” as traditionally used, for most people it subconsciously means “on demand.” It is a “pay per use” model using a third party such as Amazon. Many enterprises are still reluctant to adopt this model.
For Ericsson Cloud, however, we use the term “digital industrialization of the IT.” This is a de-facto factory to make money inside the Enterprise itself. Ericsson will deliver it ready for immediate production. Enterprises own their data and can uncover through analytics money-making opportunities not visible before. Devs and devops can deliver extremely fast new money-making applications and updates of the existing ones. A new hardware enclosure (not commodity servers) has all that is needed to deliver multiple clouds from day one. The Hybrid Cloud Operating System (HCOS) from Apcera manages the policies from data storage to software development and anything in between. Users, devs, and devops will deliver more value. Ericsson Cloud is operated by ITOps is making the cloud transparent to all users, eliminating any painful learning curves.
Ericsson’s model for cloud is a breath of fresh air. It makes possible a new social contract between enterprises and their customers that I believe will lead not only to increased profitability, but enhanced creativity and productivity among its participants. I can imagine a day in the future when we will wonder how we ever lived without it.
Just as when someone said “telephone” to refer to Bell’s “acoustic telegraph,” I foresee the day when people say “cloud” to refer to the Ericsson Cloud.