29 Mar, 2017

Choosing an IT infrastructure? Here are 6 approaches changing the space

 -Transformational CISO - IT infrastructure

IT infrastructure providers listen up. Digital transformation is taking over. First marketing, retail, travel, healthcare, and now the financial services. There are literally hundreds of companies out there looking for a solution to their IT and data security issues.

Here are 6 approaches that have changed the face of IT infrastructure:

AGILE

The agile method has impacted the software development side of IT recently.

The theory behind this method is to enable IT departments, in particular, the software developers, to react to consumer demand by producing outcomes quickly in short periods of time.  Quick reaction time allows IT to quickly align with the needs of the business.

The agile manifesto is clear:

“We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:

– Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
– Working software over comprehensive documentation
– Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
– Responding to change over following a plan

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.”

DEVOPS

DevOps has been hailed as a pillar of modern IT infrastructure. This process has emerged from the growing need to manage modern, cloud-based infrastructure.

Essentially DevOps refers to a set of practices to encourage the collaboration between software developers and IT professionals. In traditional firms, these functions are kept separate. This process also enables the automation of software delivery and infrastructure changes.

There is no single DevOps tool, rather it is necessary to adopt multiple tools. DevOps does have a close relationship with agile software development.

AS-A-SERVICE-INFRASTRUCTURE

As-a-service-infrastructure or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), provides virtual computing resources on the internet using cloud technology.

This infrastructure model typically requires a third-party provider to host the hardware, software, servers, storage, and any remaining components. These providers not only host, but also take on responsibility for system maintenance, backup, and upgrade planning.

This infrastructure offers you a highly-scalable solution, which can be adjusted very quickly to fit changing demands. Other popular characteristics include the automation of administrative tasks, dynamic scaling, desktop virtualization and policy-based services.

IaaS is one of three main categories of cloud computing services, alongside Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION

Infrastructure leveraging Intelligent automation are utilizing artificial intelligence and automation. This combination helped companies to move beyond conventional performance, with high levels of efficiency and quality.

Applications range from the routine to the revolutionary: from collecting, analyzing, and making decisions about textual information to guiding autonomous vehicles and advanced robots.

PERSONAS AND CONTEXT

Looking beyond the SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud) stack will enable you to stay ahead of the latest trends shaping IT.

The next wave of enablers includes the idea of personas and context. Taking on a marketing principle here, the idea is to accelerate digital services by making the services on-demand, personalized for specific roles, and manage holistically.

DIGITAL SERVICE MANAGEMENT

The rise of digital service management is helping CIOs to handle the growing role of IT in their businesses. The advent of new technology in an enterprise has added to the challenges of the role of CIO. The sheer volume of technology available helping businesses become more agile means that there is more for the CIO to manage than ever before.

TRANSFORMATIONAL CISO ASSEMBLY

The Millennium Alliance is thrilled to present our biannual Transformational CISO Assembly, taking place this year on June 22-23, at The Camby in Phoenix, AZ

In a new digital world, driven by data, businesses of all sizes are working tirelessly to secure their networks, devices, and of course, their data. Fortune 500 organizations are especially vulnerable as they have big data pools and thousands of people who need access. CISOs need to plan for worst-case scenarios, stay ahead of latest IT Security transformation technology, and maintain their company’s information assets, all without losing sight of the corporate culture.

This premier gathering will address the most important IT security priorities of 2017 and identify new opportunities that lead to an IT Security transformation. Through a cutting-edge program designed by the industry, for the industry, we will provide the freshest and up-to-date insight that will move your organization to the next level. A series of executive education roundtables, keynote presentations, collaborative think tanks, educational workshops, and networking sessions will offer industry-specific topics and trends to ensure your company sustains its competitive advantage.

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