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The Need for a New IT Model: Fast IT and the Convergence of Mobility and Cloud for IoE

Guess what? Convergence is happening again, and it’s happening at a faster pace with more profound implications than I have never seen before.

Those of us who’ve been in the industry a long time have seen convergence happen over the years across various technologies and areas of IT. This time, we’re talking about convergence across the infrastructure—in wired and wireless, in physical and virtual, in collaboration and social, and in on-prem and off-prem resources. Convergence brings together the applications and infrastructure in new and more flexible ways, opening up new opportunities.

Getting this convergence right is a big deal. And it’s a key to becoming an innovative enterprise. It’s clear that if you’re not innovating, you’re going to miss out on opportunities to be strategically valuable to your organization.

Convergence _ Are You Ready for the Future of IT? from Cisco Business Insights

 

This convergence is called different things by different people and firms. IDC calls it “third platform” while Gartner talks about ‘Nexus of Forces.’ In any case, they’re all talking about technologies, such as cloud, mobility, data and network programmability, which are blurring and blending. And in addition, the combination of these technologies is collectively making the Internet of Everything possible.

Beyond that, this convergence is creating not only changes in technology deployments and evolution but also in IT culture, processes and organizational structures.

Take for example, these points:

  • A recent Information Week survey reports 22% of respondents will devote more than 20% of their fiscal-year 2014 budgets to datacenter convergence, virtualization, and private cloud.
  • A recent Tech Target article points out that many organizations are seeking IT pros skilled in IDC’s “third platform” aka mobility, social, “big data” and cloud, underscoring the need for talent with expertise in converged technologies.
  • According to another Tech Target article, converged infrastructure is going mainstream faster than analysts anticipated. Jed Scaramella, a research manager of servers at IDC, said “In this past year, people who said they were very likely to adopt an integrated system in the next three years jumped up 38%.”
  • Gartner reports that ‘the Nexus of Forces’ – social, mobile, cloud and information -- is converging to drive new business scenarios.

So, what does this mean for your organization and how can you prepare?

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The convergence of these technologies will drive the need for a new model for IT—Fast IT. . IT leaders must embrace this new model, making themselves more strategic and more nimble. The IT leaders who embrace these dynamic changes will thrive with the growth opportunities and capture their share of the $19 trillion in IoE value at stake for the public and private sectors available over the next decade.

To learn more about the role convergence plays in our Internet of Everything world, check out the new interactive Convergence Whitepaper or browse through the Convergence E-Book and join the conversation, #FutureOfIT, #InternetOfEverything.

 

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  1. What a great article as this is the same set of conditions that is rapidly moving across the process control world with convergence of networks, mobility and visualization in systems, SaaS,PaaS,IoT and Big Data.

    The realization of the need for processes and process control in the essential services,utilities and food and beverage that are linked to ITC (have added the C for communications).The ITC has to change to move from the standard view of emails,security, “control of every thing” to a collaborative view of silo splitting

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  2. Helpful for the information that has been conveyed, I would like to say thank you very much for the information

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  3. thank you

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