Tens of thousands of partners, customers and IT leaders gathered at VMworld 2018, Las Vegas. The first day feels like a prelude into what to expect for the rest of the show and future trends.
Companies today know that the cloud should be part of their IT strategy, but are not always clear on exactly how. Part of the challenge is that different companies are best served by different strategies, and the best approach to use depends on a variety of factors, such as their overall digital business strategy as I wrote about in the first blog in this three-part series, financial resources, IT competencies, workload characteristics, balance of legacy versus cloud-native applications, internal IT cost structure relative to the cloud, achievable economies of scale, reliability and availability targets, opportunities for custom performance engineering and the like.
One of the greatest challenges of digital transformation is not technical, it’s mental and emotional. Technology never stops evolving. To modernize your infrastructure you have to change your mindset, because you will always be evolving what you do and how you do it. You’re never done.
With digital transformation accelerating the pace of change, retailers must take a long-view approach to re-engineering customer experience or risk becoming obsolete. Analysts from IDC Retail Insights will be providing a series of thought leadership guest blogs on the state of digital business transformation for today’s retailers and the key IT pillars to optimize the digital journey.
The global economy is becoming more digital, more intelligent and more interconnected every day, whether one considers the percentage of the workforce employed in digital industries, the percentage that is digitally skilled, the percentage of products and services that have been digitalized, growth in IP traffic and interconnection bandwidth, the percentage of global population that is on net, or almost any other metric.
Talk of the summer heat and humidity may seem to dominate workplace chatter around water coolers this time of year, but for those who work for government agencies, cyber threats are an even hotter topic. Case in point is the Army National Guard, which needs to be able to securely connect dispersed users, teams and equipment during national emergencies via any communications medium. That’s why CenturyLink is heading south to New Orleans for the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) National Conference, from August 24-27, 2018.