The Future of Infrastructure: Key Trends to consider
Gunnar Menzel Vice President, Chief Architect - Capgemini
Which technologies have made the biggest impact, and which ones will impact us greatest in the future? Will technology advances slow down, stay the same, or speed-up? Which trends and technologies should I consider? The Digital Agenda; shifting business models; and the need for speed at lower cost are impacting, shaping and forming new technologies – creating new opportunities at an ever-increasing pace. Gunnar will outline the various infrastructure-related trends and technologies that are currently key, in addition to those that will prove to be significant going forward.
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To understand what current technologies an organisation should/could/must consider there is a need to first outline the key drivers and challenges that apply to any organisations. Typically an organisation has to respond to a number of challenges. Broadly these can be organised into two subjects – one top down : “The Business Outside-in drivers” and bottom up : “The Inside-out Imperatives”. Focusing on the former typically organisations have to respond to 4 main drivers:
1. Digital/SMAC (Social, Media, Analytic and Cloud)A large part of the infrastructure related drivers are directly related to the increased drive towards user centricity – to be able to work anywhere, anytime; the digital enterprise is a driver that overshadows main important business objectives – to reduce manual interventions to an absolute minimum and increase automatic, unattended or online services 2. Market GrowthDriving new products, increasing market share and increasing revenue is clearly a key focus for most customers . When Embarking on a Data Centre transformation journey Market Growth will relate to specific Data Centre capabilities and services 3. As a Services Having a “…as a Service” approach plus focusing on differentiating products will impact Data Centre capabilities as new offers and services at a much faster pace will have to be deployed 4. Ways of Working The “Digital internal”; adopting digital ways of working will see more and more channel and service related engagement and services rather than the sometimes siloed and product focused backoffice ways of working.
Next to these many customers have “Inside-Out Imperatives”. To retain market position and to make use of new capabilities customers have to keep up with latest versions, managing Information (as it is key in the digital enterprise) and effective integration, are all key necessity. Driven by the business changes and transformation customers have to have a clearly outlined and specified infrastructure strategy that details the infra related direction of travel. All these “Inside-Out Imperatives” have to fit into an overall TCO reduction (which can also be a cost avoidance approach) to ensure value for money.
In detail we can identify 4 key “Inside-Out Imperatives”: 1. Technology Refresh Keeping Hardware and Operating System near capabilities in step with vendor releases to ensure that key infrastructure services are being supported by vendors and to ensure that latest security features are available. 2. Environmental Many organisations expect their IT to be fully environment friendly – minimising CO2 emissions as much as possible. 3. SpeedBeing able to respond faster, to deliver new capability now, rather than having to wait for hours, days, weeks or even month is a key driver for many customers. 4. TCO reduction As outlined above IT spend will stay As-Is whilst there is an ever increase in capabilities.
In addition to these 2 broad groups there is also the need to “secure and compliance” – two requirements that are relevant to both business and technology.
To respond the infrastructure has to become invisible; it has to follow a lego based cloud utility model that allows for full and unrestricted orchestration. In detail there are 15 key trends :
Digital is pushing technology and cloud, microservices and DevOps is the new norm. Infrastructure has to respond and hybrid, automation, orchestration, utility based and everything as a service is the new standard for infrastructure. Seeing the demand in the market and the responses so far, its seems clear that we are only at the start – there is much more to come.