Welcome!

Big Data Journal Authors: Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Adrian Bridgwater, Liz McMillan, Kevin Benedict

Related Topics: Cloud Expo, Java, Wireless, SOA & WOA, Oracle, Big Data Journal

Cloud Expo: Article

Managing IT in an Environment of Change

Enterprises need to react to changes in new and innovative ways

The growth of mobile devices generated by smartphones and tablets is driving universal access to information in the multi-channel era. Similarly, social networking is a disruptive change that influences many aspects of consumer behavior. The large amount of data created through these means requires analytics to help enterprises respond to market dynamics. Cloud technologies help enterprises analyze this data in a timely manner, enabling enterprises to deliver significant advantages over their competition.

On January 22, 2013, Oracle hosted an executive roundtable in Cincinnati for enterprise IT users to discuss these changes and associated challenges. Attendees represented a variety of industries, so their requirements varied, but the fundamental need to transform how enterprise IT adapts to these changes was the same. Common questions that surfaced during this conference were mainly centered on:

  • Security: Thinking about security policy in the public cloud environment with the same passion as when using an on-premise data center is necessary. Cloud use cases are different from on-premise computing with a separate set of risks. In the current environment (without excellent skills and experience to build a foundation for secure cloud use), it would be shortsighted to place critical information on a public cloud.
  • Analytics: The volume, velocity and variety of data in today's world require newer technologies to provide rapid insights for timely decision-making. The biggest challenge in analytics is in simultaneously processing both structured and unstructured data coming from multiple internal and external sources. Cost effective analysis of unstructured information in near real time provides enterprises the capability to respond to fluid markets; however, these capabilities cannot be achieved without developing proper skills.
  • Consolidation: While moving towards cloud adoption, enterprises need to optimize their current IT infrastructure assets. Consolidating platforms, applications, communications and social collaboration tools is a good way to launch into a new era of business agility. Several vendors provide converged platforms to arm their customers with an infrastructure that enables them to gain a competitive advantage. While such infrastructures provide a cost advantage, it is more important to measure value from the standpoint of the business agility gained.

At the conference, Cardinal Health provided a great example of consolidating their infrastructure with a shared database environment using Oracle's Exadata platform. A company representative discussed the challenges of quickly implementing a new platform into an IT environment that prefers to control its own environment rather than depend on a common platform. However, the cost effectiveness of utilizing a common platform for development, testing, staging and production environment suited the needs of multiple departments. Performance and supportability also played a big role in encouraging the adoption of the Exadata platform by Cardinal Health.

In addition, Helen Sun from Oracle presented the "Art of the Possible" with analytics. Sun's presentation demonstrated how much data is created and consumed in 60 seconds that helped envision the volume, velocity and variety of data. Another area that Helen focused on that should not be overlooked is the information architecture model and data governance. Big Data use cases, like fraud detection and customer churn prevention, helps customers understand disruptive change possible with new technologies.

The dynamics of mobile, social and analytics are causing cloud technologies to become a critical resource in building an infrastructure capable of meeting new enterprise IT challenges. Infrastructure growth is a significant challenge to enterprises trying to meet these demands without blowing their budgets. One way enterprises are facing this challenge is through infrastructure consolidation that involves managing compute, storage and network capabilities in a single environment. The demand for a common platform to handle analytics is the answer for CIOs looking for business agility. For analytic workloads, the consolidation capability of Oracle's Exadata is an option customers should evaluate.

Disclosure: Oracle is one of my customers

This post was first published on Robustcloud.com. Republished with permission.

More Stories By Larry Carvalho

Larry Carvalho runs Robust Cloud LLC, an advisory services company helping various ecosystem players develop a strategy to take advantage of cloud computing. As the 2010-12 Instructor of Cloud Expo's popular Cloud Computing Bootcamp, he has already led the bootcamp in New York, Silicon Valley, and Prague, receiving strong positive feedback from attendees about the value gained at these events. Carvalho has facilitated all-day sessions at customer locations to set a clear roadmap and gain consensus among attendees on strategy and product direction. He has participated in multiple discussion panels focused on cloud computing trends at information technology events, and he has delivered all-day cloud computing training to customers in conjunction with CloudCamps. To date, his role has taken him to clients in three continents.

Latest Stories from Big Data Journal
Enthusiasm for the Internet of Things has reached an all-time high. In 2013 alone, venture capitalists spent more than $1 billion dollars investing in the IoT space. With “smart” appliances and devices, IoT covers wearable smart devices, cloud services to hardware companies. Nest, a Google company, detects temperatures inside homes and automatically adjusts it by tracking its user’s habit. These technologies are quickly developing and with it come challenges such as bridging infrastructure gaps,...
Predicted by Gartner to add $1.9 trillion to the global economy by 2020, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is based on the idea that devices, systems and services will connect in simple, transparent ways, enabling seamless interactions among devices across brands and sectors. As this vision unfolds, it is clear that no single company can accomplish the level of interoperability required to support the horizontal aspects of the IoE. The AllSeen Alliance, announced in December 2013, was formed wi...
Goodness there is a lot of talk about cloud computing. This ‘talk and chatter’ is part of the problem, i.e., we look at it, we prod it and we might even test it out – but do we get down to practical implementation, deployment and (if you happen to be a fan of the term) actual cloud ‘rollout’ today? Cloud offers the promise of a new era they say – and a new style of IT at that. But this again is the problem and we know that cloud can only deliver on the promises it makes if it is part of a well...
There’s Big Data, then there’s really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. In her session at 6th Big Data Expo®, Hannah Smalltree, Director at Treasure Data, to discuss how IoT, B...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Connected Data, the creator of Transporter, the world’s first peer-to-peer private cloud storage device, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Connected Data is the creator of Transporter, the world’s first peer-to-peer private cloud storage device. Connected Data is focused on providing elegantly designed solutions for consumers, professi...
Cisco on Wedesday announced its intent to acquire privately held Metacloud. Based in Pasadena, Calif., Metacloud deploys and operates private clouds for global organizations with a unique OpenStack-as-a-Service model that delivers and remotely operates production-ready private clouds in a customer's data center. Metacloud's OpenStack-based cloud platform will accelerate Cisco's strategy to build the world's largest global Intercloud, a network of clouds, together with key partners to address cu...
I write and study often on the subject of digital transformation - the digital transformation of industries, markets, products, business models, etc. In brief, digital transformation is about the impact that collected and analyzed data can have when used to enhance business processes and workflows. If Amazon knows your preferences for particular books and films based upon captured data, then they can apply analytics to predict related books and films that you may like. This improves sales. T...
Technology is enabling a new approach to collecting and using data. This approach, commonly referred to as the “Internet of Things” (IoT), enables businesses to use real-time data from all sorts of things including machines, devices and sensors to make better decisions, improve customer service, and lower the risk in the creation of new revenue opportunities. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Dave Wagstaff, Vice President and Chief Architect at BSQUARE Corporation, will discuss the real...
IoT is still a vague buzzword for many people. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mike Kavis, Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, will discuss the business value of IoT that goes far beyond the general public's perception that IoT is all about wearables and home consumer services. The presentation will also discuss how IoT is perceived by investors and how venture capitalist access this space. Other topics to discuss are barriers to success, what is n...
When one expects instantaneous response from video generated on the internet, lots of invisible problems have to be overcome. In his session at 6th Big Data Expo®, Tom Paquin, EVP and Chief Technology Officer at OnLive, to discuss how to overcome these problems. A Silicon Valley veteran, Tom Paquin provides vision, expertise and leadership to the technology research and development effort at OnLive as EVP and Chief Technology Officer. With more than 20 years of management experience at lead...