IT Transformation projects are usually driven by the need to reduce complexity, improve
agility, simplify systems, contain costs, manage ever-growing data and provide more efficient
operational management. Arguably, for seasoned IT professionals, there is nothing new
about the drivers for transformational change; it’s the velocity and scale of transformation
today that’s the big challenge.
Today, to effectively accelerate business innovation, successful IT leaders are building
infrastructure that focuses on automation and flexibility, supporting agile application
development and helping deliver world-class customer experience. Of course, IT teams are
still under pressure to deliver legacy, mission-critical applications but they also need to
support a seemingly constant flow of emerging business opportunities. They’re also tasked
to lower costs, reduce Capex, while helping to drive revenue growth. That’s a lot of drivers
and this complex juggling act often requires modernising infrastructure. An almost inevitable
result of this is that the mix of platforms they adopt will include public cloud.
So, does that signal the end of the corporate data centre as we know it? Well, as is so often
the answer – yes and no. ‘Yes’ because there is no doubt that the complexity and cost of
building and managing on-premise infrastructures is becoming increasingly unsustainable for
many businesses. And ‘no’ because business continuity and stability of legacy applications
are still, quite rightly, primary drivers today.