What is keeping CIOs awake at night? This was the question on everyone’s lips at the recent CIO Summit in Cape Town, which saw IT decision-makers from a broad range of businesses and industries across South Africa gather to discuss insights, trends, challenges and ideas in the IT arena.
This year’s HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit [ETSS] saw several trending topics emerge that have interesting implications for those in the ICT industry. The one question that seemed to underpin the technologies on show was how to take waves of information and make them meaningful. The emphasis is turning toward data and ensuring that the handling of it is as fast, secure and efficient as possible, even if it means radically redesigning the hardware.
Today, server virtualisation has almost become a de facto commodity that businesses are utilising in their IT infrastructure. Even so, one of the common concerns is how it can become “invisible”, where a business can find itself running multiple systems without knowing exactly what each is doing or whether they are actually required for the business.
Cloud: it’s the evolution in ICT that CIOs know they can’t afford to ignore yet aren’t quite sure how to go about implementing. If you’re struggling with which business applications and services to start virtualising and automating, you’re not alone.
Don’t let the number of IT graduates fool you, there is still a lack of technical skills in the industry. Here’s what we need to do about it. More people are choosing to pursue careers in IT than ever before. Yet, paradoxically, the pool of quality IT engineers is shrinking. There is a shortage of real-world IT skills and in-depth technical knowledge. The few engineers we do have have the potential to hold the whole industry at ransom.
Networking is often the last thing to be considered when upgrading an entire environment, but, with the growth in virtualization, this is a potential pitfall, as networks today now have to contend with the far greater demands being placed upon them.
By definition, a stampede is a mass impulse that encourages a group of people or animals to run with no clear direction or purpose. A situation of this nature can often cause damage. Without a common understanding or goal, it can be challenging to ensure the safety of each individual.
Right now, thousands of South African businesses are facing the same challenge – to upgrade technical infrastructure on the basis of long-term capital investment or to embrace emerging hosted solutions and view IT as an ongoing operating cost.
Despite the popularity of cloud computing, many of the services associated with this often misunderstood and somewhat ambiguous product sector are still in their infancy. To some degree, the frantic rush to take information into the cloud has encouraged the emergence of many immature offerings that are not yet well enough equipped to handle corporate demands. With this in mind, what should a business consider before walking away from on premise systems to warehouse sensitive information within a remote data centre?
More often than not, when it comes to upgrading an IT environment the network component is the last thing companies look at. With the advent of storage, server and other forms of virtualisation that’s potentially a major pitfall as networks today can’t keep up with the demand put on them by new technologies.