As the largest healthcare technology event of the year, the annual HIMSS Conference is an opportunity for healthcare CIOs and IT professionals to share what’s really on their minds when it comes to their technology infrastructures, pain points, and opportunities.
At this year’s conference in Orlando, the number one topic of conversation that I heard from attendees was about digital transformation. Why? Because a top trend at the event was engaging the patient using data.
There is no denying that a digital transformation is taking place across businesses of all industries. With this transformation, multi-cloud management is a hot topic of conversation, but there is confusion about what multi-cloud means exactly and where it fits in your broader IT transformation strategy.
There is an emerging need for data analytics processing services to be delivered in the cloud. Big Data cloud services deliver greater agility and elasticity so you can more quickly and easily keep up with your organization’s growing data demands. Working in the cloud accelerates implementation timelines, reduces infrastructure costs and gives you the benefit of simpler pay-as-you-go pricing models. The net–net for you is higher data performance for advanced analytics that can scale as your needs change.
Fans of popular board games have surely played one of the games of skill where players are required to prevent a stack of wooden blocks from falling after players remove one piece at a time. The trick is balance, as each must compensate for the other. It demands the right combination of strategy, precision, and skill to win – because one wrong move means the whole thing comes tumbling down. Sound familiar? Typical CIOs see it every day.
The growing adoption of the cloud is turning into a proliferation of “clouds” as IT strategies encompass different approaches to IaaS, SaaS and PaaS. Global enterprises are using cloud computing resources from multiple providers. However, not all cloud environments are the same. The strengths, native feature sets and security attributes of one cloud might fit a particular application better than another, forcing IT organizations to take on the complex task of managing multiple applications across multiple cloud environments. They do so for a variety of reasons including increased agility and flexibility as well as optimizing costs in a growing application ecosystem. To better help enterprises manage infrastructure across cloud providers and application stacks, CenturyLink is launching the Cloud Application Manager. It is an automated platform to standardize how organizations can model and deploy applications, in addition to invoking CenturyLink Managed Services for applications and cloud infrastructures across any environment. This platform also pulls forward insights into utilization, permissions, workspaces and cost.
Protecting business assets has never been more difficult or more costly — there’s not enough skilled security personnel, there’s too much log data to analyze, you lack 24/7 monitoring, the contextual impact of threats to your business may be unclear and budget is far from unlimited. If you are like most organizations, you are spending more than ever on cybersecurity but you still have not satisfactorily addressed the risk.
While the phrase is familiar, what does it really mean? Digital transformations have the power to change the way companies do business. For years analysts have touted its arrival, but the market’s been slow to catch up. And while there’s still a long way to go, the industry has now reached a point where adoption is actively happening. That means CIOs must step up their game.
Hybrid WANs make deploying and supporting bandwidth-intensive applications easier. However, they also bring added complexity as different transport methods and vendors are introduced into your network architecture. Internet connections specifically require additional infrastructure, policies, management and oversight. This is where SD-WAN comes into play as a potential solution to your WAN management challenges. SD-WAN applies the concept of software-defined networking (SDN) technology to wide area network (WAN) connections.