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The Pressure of Modern Technology

Increasingly rapid advances in technology pressure today’s CIOs to reshape their IT organizations so they can compete in the fast-changing business landscape. Convergence of various technologies like cloud computing, mobile, Internet of Things, social, big data, robotics, and artificial intelligence are forcing organizations to accelerate innovation in order to stay ahead in the market.

CIOs are expected to rethink their IT to meet the demands of today’s business using these modern technologies. They are expected to build a modern IT platform that will empower IT operations and enable developers to operate at the speed of business. A failure to transform IT could subject the business to disruption as we are seeing in many verticals today.

Rethinking IT for Both Operations and Developers

The modern IT platform requires a rethink on how the platform is built from the ground up. It requires CIOs to think outside of their traditional approach and built a flexible platform that meets not just today’s needs, but the anticipated needs of tomorrow. Gone are the days when IT departments can evolve by making incremental changes. Today’s CIOs are faced with the challenge of building a platform for the future without disrupting existing processes.

CIOs are faced with the task of building a platform that lets their IT and developers be more proactive than reactive in meeting the business needs. They are expected to make IT the core part of business innovation and not just a group that keeps the lights on. This requires IT and the platforms it uses to not just be agile, but also to enable developers so they can also benefit from this agility.

To meet the ever increasing business demands for faster application delivery and rapid innovation, development teams embraced agile methodologies. But it had minimal business benefits because IT couldn’t deliver the services developers needed on time. By rethinking IT, CIOs can transform their organizations to overcome these problems.

CIOs can increase IT agility by embracing IaaS offerings, but in order to fully empower the developers, the platform should give developers a self-service interface through which they can deploy their applications. Without such an interface, the bottleneck between developers and IT operations will remain, continuing to impede the organization’s ability to innovate rapidly. The abstraction at the platform layer, through the automation of middleware and application lifecycle tools, is critical to maximizing the benefits of any modern IT platform.

OpenShift as the Modern IT Engine

OpenShift is well-suited for organizations to build such a modern IT platform. OpenShift uses standards-based containers and large-scale automation in the layers above infrastructure to provide an open API to deploy applications. When combined with suitable cloud computing technologies starting with IaaS, OpenShift can help IT organizations be agile and efficient, thereby enabling the developers to deliver the applications as fast as possible.

Automation at higher layers of the IT stack such as language runtimes, middleware, databases, and application lifecycle tools removes any bottlenecks impacting faster application delivery. Since OpenShift masks the complexities associated with the automation of various components through an abstraction at the platform layer, it also helps reduce various human errors. The platform abstraction offered by OpenShift is key to seamless IT modernization.

Since OpenShift automates most of the components and processes involved in running a modern IT platform, it frees up critical IT resources, enabling them to operate at a higher scale and in a more efficient manner. When this advantage is combined with the increased agility of developers, it helps organizations be more proactive in meeting the business needs than they could be using the reactive model of traditional IT.

In other words, OpenShift helps organizations innovate much more rapidly and deliver increased value to their end customers, making IT part of the core innovation team. From a CIO perspective, OpenShift not only helps them meet their modern needs but also helps them enable newer opportunities for their business to pursue.

Are You Ready?

Modern business needs modern IT solutions to avoid business disruption. OpenShift is the right tool to help IT achieve agility and empower developers to meet business demands rapidly. If you are a CIO focused on modernizing your IT, OpenShift can help seamlessly transform your organization. Are you ready to talk to us about your modernization needs?

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