While looking at Redefining “possible” it was a must for EMC to have a closer look at Redefining Enterprise Applications at the CIO Connect Summit 2015 in Prague. Summarizing Track 3, here are some important points to keep in mind when rethinking your Enterprise Applications.
As for Track 3 “Redefine your Enterprise Applications”, several Sessions where held, where top-guest speakers as well as EMC experts in the matter spoke about the following topics:
- How Modern Applications Can Drive Organizational Efficiency
- Enabling Trusted Interactions With Business Applications
- CIO Priorities For SAP In 2015
- Replatforming Oracle With EMC
- Drive The End-User Computing Transformation: Go VDI And Go Mobile.
Get Your Apps Cloud-ready
Many IT environments, applications have accumulated over time, and sometimes different functions or business units make independent sourcing decisions for the exact same type of application, leaving IT with a range of disparate applications and sourcing models. This leaves IT in the position of being a system integrator for the enterprise across these applications, with hundreds of integration points. This session covered how the advent of cloud software sourcing options drives consolidation of similar applications, and how you take a single sourcing decision for each application type from private or public clouds, or in some cases leave applications on legacy infrastructure integrated with enterprise applications.
EMC’s Jonas Rosland spoke about Dev Ops not just being about building new applications to drive organizational efficiencies but about being a transformation of organizational behavior and discussion. Some of the traditional apps shortfalls were discussed including how they don’t drive your organization forward, or allow quick innovation or enable staff to develop new skills with modern tools thus affecting the business’ ability to transform itself.
Modern apps on the other hand enable you to know what’s wrong with your infrastructure and tells you where and why there’s a problem as opposed to the old way blaming someone and asking ‘who’. Rosland explored some of the new app development languages which are now used to create next gen apps and drive IT deployment automation while drastically reducing the complexity for IT as well as speeding up testing of new software. New apps also enhance performance management and monitoring and most importantly: collaboration.
Enabling Trusted Interactions with Business Applications
EMC talks about it rather often: We are witnessing one of the major IT transformations to the 3rd platform. Business applications are becoming more and more crucial to sustain productivity and profitability. That being said, many organizations are struggling to identify who has access to what and who should have access to what. With cloud enabled applications and mobile applications Trusted Interactions is the name of the game.
Vassilis Bolougorgos of RSA introduced the RSA VIA access: VIA supports a broad range of applications out-of-the-box including leading SaaS solutions, on-premises web applications and WAM products. All of these can be provided to the end user in a single portal with a consistent set of policies and a single end user experience. End users should not need to know or care whether the application they are accessing is on-premises or in the Cloud. In fact, RSA VIA protects users from endpoint to Cloud through Identity Intelligence while using multi-factor identity assurance secures apps in the Cloud. Bolourgorgos then talked about enabling trusted interaction with business apps. He starts by asking if anyone can remember not having a tablet or smartphone. Do you?
On average millennials use 4 internet connected devices at any time. Bolourgorgos looks at security risks, challenges and opportunities of today’s IT world: The IT needs to deal with disrupted perimeters, business agility, consumer IT devices, and advanced cyber threats. There’s an urgent need to move from point-to-point-security to user-centric-security and embrace the future without throwing away past knowledge.
This year’s 10 CIO Priorities for SAP in 2015
SAP as an important part of the IT-world is going through major transformation. Cloud, Mobility and In-memory technologies are fundamentally changing the way you run SAP. So, how do the best-run SAP customers adopt to this change? What top 10 priorities do CIO’s consider today? This session focused on shared CIO experiences and insight from the market leaders in SAP IT and give you the answers to the most important questions around SAP in 2015.
Joakim Zetterblad, Antonio Freitas and guest Marcel Chiriac (CIO of KMG Rompetrol) contributed to the session to discuss CIO priorities for SAP. The first focus was to look at the best business cases for customers deploying SAP HANA on Cloud. They joked that getting this right makes the CIO the best friend of the CMO, CFO, CHRO of the organization! Getting this right makes the CIO the chief acceleration officer, leading with speed! EMC helps simplify IT and transform your speed by taking your IT architecture forward to allow virtualization. Marcel Chiriac of KMG Rompetrol then spoke about his organization’s IT transformation with VBlock which delivered reliable, fast, and scalable solutions to their business.
Replatforming Oracle with EMC
The EMC CIO Connect Redefine Your Enterprise Applications track looked in detail at replatforming for Oracle, Jane McCulloch, Director of Project Management & Governance at Madora Consulting was our guest in the track. We looked at 5 steps for TCO reduction & getting the best ROI for your Oracle DB & apps. CIOs then start to discuss their use of #Oracle DB and apps in their organizations with Jane McCulloch sharing best practices to help overcome potential issues.
Drive the End-User Computing Transformation: Go VDI and Go Mobile
The last session looked at adopting an IT strategy that helps mobilising the business, one of the top CIO priorities today, through Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). This feature is a key component of any mobility strategy, enabling anywhere, anytime access to desktops and applications, from any device. Considering its influence on the workforce’s productivity, VDI is now often considered as a business critical application.
We looked at the challenges of deploying VDI in your IT infrastructure and how EMC helps tackle challenges with Riverbed’s Luc Van Remoortel – Lead Solution Architect for Branch Convergence Solutions, EMEA. Here we discussed how to deploy VDI with #XtremIO all Flash arrays for speed and reliability. Remoortel and EMC’s Karol Boguniewiczthen shared examples of implementing the right performance with efficient VDI and spoke about how Network and Storage play the biggest roles in getting VDI right all while exploring case studies of banks and financial service providers that utilized EMC & RSA for their security and IT Infrastructure!