Has the 21st Century finally arrived?
Twenty years ago, the promise of the new millennium was the coming of the Information Age, a techno-utopia of automation and artificial intelligence. Tech stocks could do no wrong, rising to scarcely believable heights in the spring of 2000. And then the bubble burst.
The last twenty years have been a bridge between the old and the new. There has been an uneasy co-existence of the new technologies germinating while the old economies powered on, even surviving the implosion of 2008.
And now, in 2021 that has all changed. The world of the old economy was blown apart in March 2020 as the Covid pandemic gripped the world, hitting the Western economies particularly hard.
McKinsey shared data covering the first three months of the pandemic showing an almost vertical shift in the progression towards digital transformation. The rise of digital is exponential and the promised Information Age has truly arrived with a bang, rather than the whimper at the turn of the century.
Cloud Computing – a promise or a curse?
Digital minnows have become dominant market players. Tech stocks and digitally-enabled businesses are exploding as traditional players fall back in the market. For example, digital Ocado had a greater market cap than Tesco recently, a company with a fraction of Tesco’s revenues.
One of the foundation technologies that is enabling the white-hot digitalisation of businesses is cloud computing. And cloud computing may also be the biggest challenge for established businesses.
The idea that cloud computing is a panacea for a whole range of technology-related problems has been around since the early days of IBM On-Demand. Cloud computing solves a lot of problems, and yet can be the cause of as many problems for many large, established corporations.
Cloud computing by its nature democratises technology. It makes low-cost, scalable industrial quality processing available to the masses. What was once only in the realm of the deep pockets that could afford the capital and skills investment in data-centre based processing is now available to any start-up with an internet connection on demand. New entrants can rapidly scale an idea in a market space, perhaps your market space, and cherry-pick your high-value business segments. Traditional players, weighed down by the inertia of legacy can take longer to turn the ship and correct course.
The imperative to make the shift to cloud computing and the associated advantages that can bring has never been more pressing.
- How can you get fit to compete with new entrants, building a lean, dynamic and agile enterprise?
- How quickly can you digitalise your products and routes to market?
- How can you move to the cloud quickly, pragmatically?
- What is the establishment view and is it wrong?
- How should you structure and organise for success?
- Can you access the benefits of cloud computing faster?
The Cloud Event, brought to you by Enterprise Blueprints and RPI Limited will address these questions and many more.
Who should attend?
If you are in the midst of a cloud migration, you have dipped your toe in the water or the task is still in your future then this event is for you. You will get practical, straightforward advice on how to make the best of your investment in cloud and how to exploit technology to build a lean, dynamic and agile business for the future.
You are likely to be a CIO, a CTO, a Chief Architect or a Product Owner.
At Enterprise Blueprints we are passionate about delivering digital transformation, and at the same time, we are very conscious that the digitalisation of the world can create barriers in society. Good Things Foundation tirelessly work to help communities and individuals bridge the digital divide through a wide range of programmes. All of the proceeds of The Cloud Event will go towards programmes with Good Things Foundation with 100% fund matching from Enterprise Blueprints.
The Cloud Event will be held over Zoom on June 29th at 4pm and will run for two hours. Numbers will be very limited to ensure that it is a focused and interactive session so that you will have the opportunity to ask questions and share your views with the speakers.
Hamstrung by the Five Rs?
How do you migrate to the Cloud?
The establishment mantra has been to use the Five (or six, or seven) Rs approach – various versions have evolved, however at the core this approach suggests an enterprise application portfolio assessment to define a treatment strategy for each application based on one of Rehost, Refactor, Revise, Rebuild and Replace. The truth is that this approach is fraught with difficulty and delay.
- How do you plan for success?
- How do you structure your team?
- How do you plan for the end game and minimise the transition states?
- How do you avoid being permanently caught in the migration trap?
Neil Mulholland, CEO and Chief Architect of Enterprise Blueprints challenges the established thinking and will be sharing his thoughts on working with organisations large and small on their cloud migration and implementation programmes. An architect and passionate technologist with over twenty-five years of experience, Neil shares his pragmatic, experience-based roadmap to take advantage of cloud computing in clear, straightforward steps.
A New Approach to Security
Of course, we all want our personal data to be secure, and one of the biggest concerns is the potential vulnerability of data and processes that have been moved into a cloud environment. To add complexity, the cloud servers may be across national borders running into issues with local data protection regulations.
This is not simply about the basics of personal securities, there are many sectors where data and processes have a state-level impact where weaknesses exploited by bad actors become an issue of national security. This could be major banks, payment systems, utilities such as power and water, as well as key supply chains. Cloud computing needs a different mindset when it comes to security as the established models do not apply anymore.
Fresh from his role as Global Chief Digital Architect and then as Global Head of Cloud Security at one of the largest global banks Prakash is very well positioned to understand the demands of security in a cloud environment especially in a regulated sector. Prakash will share his views on the imperatives from a security perspective, especially the change in mindset needed when working in a cloud-based universe. The old models of security simply do not apply.
One of the greatest benefits in the 1970s and 80s was the shift to high-speed data processing, helping many large organisations benefit from the first wave of technology-enabled transformation. One of the greatest challenges for these very same organisations is how to move away from the traditional, mainframe-centric legacy architectures that still live inside their businesses. There has been a degree of insulation and separation over the years, but there is a vast trove of COBOL, Assembler and other legacy languages that is still essential to the day to day operation of many businesses.
So what do you do with your legacy estate? Lift and shift is likely to increase your total cost of ownership, so what are your options?
One of the leading technologists at Enterprise Blueprints, Peter brings a wealth of hands-on experience working with multiple large, complex organisations on optimising and rationalising their legacy estates. Peter recognises that one of the most significant barriers to the success of a cloud migration programme is the complexity of the legacy estate. Peter shares what has worked, and perhaps more importantly, what does not work, based on his experience.
The Cloud Event will be held over Zoom on June 29th at 4pm and will run for two hours.
An interactive session to get you into the digital fast lane, pragmatically, securely, with confidence. We look forward to seeing you there.
Who are Enterprise Blueprints?
Established in 2008, Enterprise Blueprints are a specialist architecture consulting working in financial services and beyond. Working on a wide range of business-critical programmes, Enterprise Blueprints focus on creating powerful business outcomes helping clients solve some of their most complex technology-related problems.
Who are RPI?
RPI are a specialist Technology & Leadership Recruitment business.
RPI drives the people part of technology-enabled business transformation on a global scale, with experience in over 120 countries.
We seek to understand the latest trends in technology and recruitment then work to understand your business, delivering highly skilled talent that suits your business today whilst driving the agenda for tomorrow.
We advise organisations on solutions that will transform their business, whilst ensuring access to the best candidates globally.