By placing the use of technology at the heart of the business, the role of the CIO is transformed from that of a business enabler to a driver of digital transformation – helping the enterprise offer new, cutting-edge services to customers as well as refreshing and optimising existing business models.
Digital transformation, as far as many enterprises are concerned, is already underway. Enterprises are embracing the challenges and opportunities posed by the deployment of private, public and hybrid cloud, supporting a mobile workforce, and the use of social networks for internal and external communications. Consequently they are beginning to reap rewards in efficiency gains, employee satisfaction and business agility.
Cloud, the force increasingly at the heart of digital transformation, has emerged in a far from linear fashion, however. Whilst IT teams have been moving existing workloads to the cloud, teams across the business have been spinning up AWS or buying in SaaS applications with little or no input from the central IT function. Increasingly this means that CIOs are forced to handle a cloud that is contained in a series of opaque siloes – a complex and sometimes uncontrollable environment for CIOs to control.
There are, however, a number of ways in which CIOs can eliminate silos, take control and ensure cloud remains a driver of digital transformation not a drag on it:
All of this may be tall ask when coupled with the day-to-day demands on a CIO’s time, but partners can make the task less daunting. Tata Communications, for instance, has released IZO Private Cloud, a platform that allows organisations to connect all of their clouds to a single dashboard, giving one simple overview of their organisation’s cloud estate through a single pane of glass. IZO Private Cloud eliminates the task of monitoring multiple clouds and gives you instant, actionable insight for your entire cloud estate, letting you get on with the business of transformation.
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