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Embracing Cloud in the Cognitive Era

Jason Teo, Cloud Leader, IBM Singapore | June 28, 2016
For those who are still undecided about what more cloud can do for your business, just remember: Disrupt now, or be disrupted.

To summarise, both IaaS and PaaS cloud models simplify the workload of developers by managing complex tasks that are orthogonal to the developers' goals, thereby freeing up more time for them to create innovative new applications. 

2.     The second principle is to connect what you do in the native cloud, seamlessly across your enterprise IT without compromising governance or security.  

We talk about public clouds and private clouds, but the reality is that most clients will go to a world that is hybrid. After all, one size does not fit all. This is the classic bimodal IT conundrum.  

CIOs spend billions of dollars to build up their data centre for a reason. It provides a rich source of data that should and can be leveraged instead of simply letting it stay locked away. For example, the vibrant API economy today lets you open your business to new markets and extend your business assets to ecosystem developers.  

Unfortunately, many of our clients today spend large amounts of time dealing with issues related to deployment and operations. Consider using deployment scripts that are repeatable, which helps to reduce errors and variability in this part of the lifecycle, improve productivity and improve speed time-to-market as simplified. Reusable deployment processes with built-in actions help to enable faster testing and deployment of changes.

Leveraging your existing IT investments will certainly help to lower the risks of any cloud deployment.

3.     Finally, the third principle to any successful cloud deployment is optimise each workload to the best fit.

This is especially important when CIOs are now investing in analytics, mobile, social and related applications. All these new workloads present different patterns, run at different speeds, but need to work together.

So it is important to know what runs where, how close the data is to the application, how fast the analytical queries can be done, and how secure the integration is done on different platforms.  It matters what workloads run where and how.

In short, you should be able to optimise each workload to the best fit.

Make no mistake, there are many companies out there who are catching on to all the cloud can do. According to our study, it is projected the number of companies that are using cloud to drive innovation will more than double from 16 percent to 35 percent in just a few years.

For those who are still undecided about what more cloud can do for your business, just remember:  Disrupt now, or be disrupted.


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