By IDC’s Megha Kumar
Senior Research Manager, Software
IDC Middle East, Turkey & Africa
Much of the conversation that took place at EMC CIO Connect 2016 centered around digital transformation, with numerous speakers describing data as the “new coil/new currency” of the digitally transformed era. During his keynote, Steven Frantzen, senior vice president of IDC EMEA, expanded on this, explaining how organizations need to use “information to drive a competitive advantage” if they are to become what IDC calls “digital thrivers”.
This new everyday reality needs to be supported by infrastructure, and IT must decide whether to sustain, transform, or optimize. Organizations may choose to sustain their current infrastructure while trying to support ongoing business demands and an evolving ecosystem of traditional and new-generation applications. However, this approach can place immense pressure on IT, impede agility and innovation, and lead to challenges with business and IT alignment.
The current state of the Middle East economy has put pressure on governments and organizations to undertake cost optimization initiatives while continuing to innovate in an effort to meet the demands of their citizens and customers. This requires a rethink on how they manage their IT infrastructure in order to support new applications. At this point, they could choose to transform their infrastructure by leveraging technologies such as converged or hyper-converged systems to support improvements in storage utilization, allow for faster provisioning, and, most importantly, enhance business agility. This can be taken a step further still by leveraging “software-defined” infrastructures to drive even greater business and IT agility.
These technologies not only transform infrastructure, they also enable optimization. However, optimization can be pushed further by embracing cloud to support core enterprise IT transformation. At IDC, we believe organizations will increasingly consider hybrid cloud solutions in a bid to deliver security, scalability, integrity, and cost optimization. However, within the Middle East, we expect this move to hybrid ecosystems to be a natural – rather than planned – progression along the digital journey.