Monday May 11, 2015

IDC Claims 3rd Platform Demands New IT Strategies

IDC defines the 3rd Platform of computing as the surge in mobile, big data, social, and cloud. In a recent paper titled “Assessing the Business Value of Integrated Systems,” IDC claims that this new platform requires IT executives to consider every new hardware and software purchase to ensure progression towards automated, high performance, and cloud-based IT infrastructure.

IDC goes on to say that integrated systems are increasingly viewed as a way to achieve these objectives and cites research of integrated systems users as evidence. The results are impressive – 47% of those surveyed reported improvements to IT staff productivity, 61% reported increased speed of application deployment, and 48% reported a reduction in data center related IT spending.

Do you agree with these findings? I’ll be speaking with the author of this paper, Peter Rutten of IDC, during a webcast on Thursday, May 14th at 10am PT. If this topic interests you, please join us. Find more information here.

Monday Mar 30, 2015

Oracle Excellence Awards Recognize CIOs of the Year - What Do They Have in Common?

The 2014 Oracle Excellence Awards have named five CIOs of the Year who are featured in the latest edition of Oracle Magazine.

This year's winners have aligned business and technology to succeed in our fast paced, ever changing market. They have managed disruption to the benefit of their businesses. What do these CIOs have in common? They're visionaries who are focused on their customers and adopting technologies that will enable their businesses to thrive and innovate. All of these CIOs are doing this by leveraging an integrated technology infrastructure.

IDC expects the worldwide integrated systems market to grow from $7.3 billion in 2013 to $17.9 billion in 2018 and estimates that 15% of the IT hardware market (server, external storage, and networking) will be sold as part of an integrated system by 2018.

I'd like to congratulate the Oracle Excellence Awards CIOs of the Year and invite you to read their stories:

  • Nam-Seuk Han, senior vice president and CIO at SK Telecom —Asia Pacific
  • Jordi Fontanals, chief operations officer (and former CIO) of CaixaBank in Barcelona, Spain —EMEA
  • Yoshifumi Ozawa, general manager of the IT Solution Division at Mazda Motor Corporation —Japan
  • Patricio Melo, executive vice president of IT and operations at Banco Davivienda in Bogotá, Colombia —Latin America
  • Marty Schoenthaler, vice president and CIO at ADM —North America

Thursday Mar 12, 2015

HBR Finds Lack of IT/Business Partnership is Top Roadblock to Digital Innovation

Research shows that companies integrating digital technologies such as social, mobile, cloud, and analytics into their business strategy are 26% more profitable than peers in their industries. 

Yet, a recent study by Harvard Business Review’s research arm indicates that the biggest barrier to driving digital innovation in the enterprise is the IT / business partnership.

The need for speed is a driving factor, with business decision makers wanting faster response times from IT, and often outsourcing apps or other IT functions if they can’t get them. At the same time, IT is spending most of its resources just keeping the lights on and getting bogged down by increasing complexity (exacerbated by 3rd party apps and “shadow IT”). However, according to the HBR survey, the majority of business managers prefer to work with their internal IT departments vs. outsourcing.

So what’s the solution? It has to be multi-faceted to incorporate people, processes, and technology…all in an effort to drive tighter business and IT alignment. 

I’m going to talk about this topic in-depth with Abbie Lundberg, contributing editor for Harvard Business Review Analytic Services during a webcast on March 18 at 10am PT. If you’re interested, please register to join us and participate in the live chat. 

I’d also like to hear your opinion. Does your company have strong IT/business alignment? If so, what do you do that works? What do you think the biggest challenges are?

Tuesday Jan 27, 2015

Is Your Company Prepared to Thrive or Merely Survive?

When I speak with CIOs about what they're concerned with, I hear a lot of talk about staying competitive by leveraging IT to drive business transformation. In a recent survey of about 100 business leaders, Gatepoint Research found that organizations are turning to vendor-integrated hardware and software solutions to drive business transformation, while simultaneously achieving cost-effective performance, adaptability, and security goals. When asked how IT could better address business needs, respondents indicated that IT has to be integral to the business:

    •    67% of respondents stated that IT has to offer access to business-critical data in real-time
    •    61% say upgrades and new roll-outs have to occur seamlessly, stay out of the way
    •    57% say they must be confident of the system’s security

What do you think about these survey findings? Do they reflect what you're seeing in your own business? To read about the survey in more detail, you can download the Gatepoint Research white paper here.

In addition, I'll be talking on February 4 at 10:00 a.m. PT with Doug Barth, founder of Gatepoint Research and Aaron DeLosreyes, Senior Director of Oracle Technology Practice for Cognizant, about these findings and their implications during a webcast. I hope you can join us - information about the webcast is here:

Harish Venkat is Vice President of the Global Hardware Systems Business Group at Oracle Corporation. Follow him on Twitter @hvenkat1.


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