Last evening I attended the MIT Enterprise Forum Atlanta event: CIOs/CTOs Look to the Future. The panel included four of Metro Atlanta’s top technology leaders: Dave Barnes - CIO,...
Last evening I attended the MIT Enterprise Forum Atlanta event: CIOs/CTOs Look to the Future. The panel included four of Metro Atlanta’s top technology leaders: Dave Barnes - CIO, UPS; Edwin Marcial - CTO, Intercontinental Exchange; Jim Scholefield - CTO, Coca-Cola; and Bill VanCuren - CIO, NCR.
The 90 minute panel discussion touched on many areas of emerging technologies that are disrupting and transforming the enterprise. It’s not surprising that a recent study of CIOs found that the four key trends for emerging technologies include social media, mobility, Big Data and the cloud. During one portion of the conversation, the moderator asked the panel which trend their company was investing the most in and why. The panel members touched on all four – at UPS, social media has revolutionized the ways in which the consumer does business with the company – but the cloud took center stage. In terms of strategy and deployment, companies are rapidly adopting cloud technology and utilizing it to optimize performance, productivity and savings/costs.
Bill VanCuren stated that 80 percent of computing across NCR is now virtualized. As the company moved its business model from traditional hardware manufacturing and service provider to a software company, it realized the benefits of cloud computing and adopted virtualization early on. NCR currently runs about 20 enterprise applications on public clouds. When asked about their strategy for determining what stays in private cloud and what goes on public cloud, Bill explained that NCR uses Saas as a surround technique – all master data is contained within their private cloud and they surround it with SaaS functionality so that applications and services can be delivered faster to their consumers. This hybrid architecture mitigates risk and accelerates time to market.
Coca Cola is leveraging the cloud to help the business double in size over the next 10 years. A few years ago, Jim and his team made a strategic decision not to invest tens of millions of dollars to build out the data center infrastructure that would be required to support the planned growth. The decision was made to move to non-owned facilities (two data centers were shut down in Atlanta). Since then, the business has moved all email to Microsoft (99,000 accounts) along with other enterprise apps like Sharepoint, Salesforce, Hyperion and others. Although the company is fairly risk adverse, they continue to migrate to the cloud rapidly. How fast? The company is planning to move all consumer facing web sites (there are 800 sites) from a dedicated hosting environment to the cloud (i.e. thecocacolacompany.com is already running on Amazon). And on the enterprise-side, the strategy is to deploy a three tier hybrid cloud environment – utilizing private cloud, virtual private cloud and public cloud. The goal is to keep certain types of data (like SAP) separate from all the rest.
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