「談雲說 IT」第三回:中介服務

(文章亦同時被 Unwire Pro引用)

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過去兩年來,當我們和眾多企業的 CxO 級主管交談,一個道理呼之欲出:世上沒有放諸四海通用的雲系統。這些主管往往要和爛 IT 搏鬥,因 IT 情況逐漸失控而感到沮喪。普遍觀察所得:1. 雲技術是個進程,不可能瞬間完成;2. 許多企業極需制訂混合雲策略。今次,讓我們探討雲端中介服務 (Cloud Broker Service) 為何重要。

市場現況:

  1. 雲端平台選擇眾多,企業漸多採用混合雲策略。雲端的選擇,包括服務供應商﹝例如IBM Cloud、AWS、Azure等﹞,及多種平台部署﹝IaaS、PaaS、SaaS等﹞。
  2. 非IT業務範圍 (LOB) 的企業,逐漸加入購買IT產品和服務。
  3. 令不少企業煩惱的問題是,舊有負荷 (唯讀應用) 該怎樣存放,新負荷又該怎樣存放?

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「談雲說 IT」第二回:協同服務

(文章亦同時被 Unwire Pro引用)

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上回筆者介紹過企業資訊科技中的混合雲 (Hybrid cloud),本篇則探討協同服務 (Orchestrator) 的重要性。首先澄清,無論公共或私有的雲端系統,都可分為不同的雲端部署模式(deployment models)。下圖是基礎設施即服務 (Infrastructure as a service, IaaS)、平台即服務 (Platform as a service, PaaS),軟件即服務 (Software as a service, SaaS) 的對比,及它們跟傳統 IT 有何分別。

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「談雲說 IT」第一回:混合雲

(文章亦同時被 Unwire Pro引用)

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我們將用數篇文章,探討企業資訊科技,怎樣提供服務,也就是近年 CIO 們常談及的「IT 即服務(IT-as- a-Service)」。本文是第一篇,先從混合雲(hybrid cloud)開始談起,其後會探討協同 (orchestration)及中介(brokerage)服務。

IBM 在 2013 年提倡「混合雲」一詞,該詞迅速被業界採納,成為行業標準。我們預計現在到未來一段日子,企業對混合雲服務有殷切的需求,而筆者樂意用一些篇幅,解釋這是怎麼一門服務。

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The Next Generation of Infrastructure Services

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Danske Bank is testing the IBM Watson-based services platform that uses cognitive technologies to help IT service providers improve operations.

With rapidly changing business needs and accelerating business cycles, organizations need consistent and reliable service delivery across a “supply chain” of services from multiple vendors. There is no compromising choice for reliability. Both play an equally important role in a business’s success and they need the services they are using to continuously evolve.

For the IT services industry, it means a shift from system integration to services integration, and from a people-led and technology-assisted approach to one that is technology-led and people-assisted. In other words, most standard tasks and processes will be executed by increasingly autonomic systems that are data-driven, cognitive and automated.

This approach also means the evolution of automation and advanced analytics to cognitive delivery. Like many in the industry, we believe cognitive delivery is the next stage of the delivery lifecycle transformation.

Companies are already taking better advantage of the wealth of operational data and experience to gain insights that trigger automated actions for better business outcomes from IT or advise human experts to make better decisions.

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What does a top CIO do to enable a digital business?

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CIOs nowadays need to partner with business leaders to quickly identify and integrate new platforms, and deliver business results and develop the skills to create a culture of consistent innovation.

How should they do to modernize IT delivery and infrastructure to enable digital business? They need to optimize IT investment and deliver more business value for every dollar spent. At the same time, the business demands they extend the technology core to be digital-ecosystem ready, e.g. to encompass unstructured data into BI/Analytics.

2 key things they need to start with:

  • Provide open data access across new and traditional systems: build the data foundation for digital business
  • Optimize a hybrid cloud infrastructure: with a secure, hybrid infrastructure, integrated across multi-vendor clouds and on-premises apps and systems.

Matthew Glitzer, Director, Global Technology Services, IBM Greater China Group shared his insights at an exclusive CIO seminar in Hong Kong last Friday. Check out his slides at http://buff.ly/2tboyZT.

The innovator’s guide to the digital galaxy

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Far out in the uncharted backwaters of different industries sit what once were innocuous organizations — companies that stayed in their own spheres of influence and didn’t disrupt the flow of business as usual.

But now, they are capitalizing on existing and emerging technologies to expand their reach, open up new business models, and make products and services available in new industries — including yours.

You can’t see them yet, or call them by name, but you know they’re out there, eyeing your customers, employees and every unspent dollar, euro and yen in your marketplace. This trend is keeping CEOs and line-of-business leaders up at night. Worldwide, nearly 70 percent of C-suite members expect industry convergence to increase over the next few years.

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How leaders thrive in a hybrid world: From Automated to Autonomous

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The benefits of hybrid cloud have been clear to many organizations for some time.

In many ways, hybrid cloud has become the norm. IDC predicts that more than 80 percent of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017.

Getting it right can lead to great payoffs. A new IBM Center for Applied Insights study, “Growing up Hybrid: Accelerating Digital Transformation,” reveals that among those that have embraced hybrid environments, leading organizations report greater competitive advantage and ROI.

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