2020 opened our eyes to what’s possible, even in the harshest circumstances. Now, we expect more from businesses, governments, healthcare and schools. And that starts with organizations delivering digital experiences that allow productivity and creativity to flourish, while moving obstacles out of the way.
The pandemic has been a phenomenally powerful agent for change. In some cases, we did nine months of work in nine days in order to get people working from home, for example, enabling clinicians to be at home providing care to patients, who are also at home. Digital solutions that would have taken us years to persuade people to use are now commonplace. It’s really brought about change at a much faster pace than ever before.
Mark Hutchinson, chief digital and information officer, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
To survive and thrive in the “next normal,” today’s leaders must:
In our app-centric world, leading organizations are putting cloud at the service of apps—not the other way around. And that means fundamentally rethinking the app + cloud relationship.
Before transitioning to managed cloud services, we owned and maintained all the hardware. In some regards, that took away from our core mission. I worried about the health of the physical infrastructure, instead of whether we’re running the right applications to meet business needs. Now … I get to tap into many new cloud specialists to help us be better and respond quicker to problems.
Steve Carlberg, managing director, infrastructure, Feeding America
Our strategy is about the right cloud for the right system. The speed of delivery is so much faster in the cloud than it was on the data center. We’re delivering new product out every two weeks compared to when I first came into the organization three years ago and it took us 3-6 months to do some just basic delivery. The speed of execution and delivery is so much faster.
Jeffrey Shaw, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, EMPLOYERS
Click the numbers below the graphic to explore what surveyed leaders identified as the top multi-cloud benefits.
One of the main benefits is around elastic scale and the ability to roll out quickly and consistently across that platform. We’ve got hundreds of applications to move, and if we were to take every single application on a single path journey, we would be at this forever more. It’s all about speed to market.
SARAH LUCAS, HEAD OF PLATFORMS AND INFRASTRUCTURE, WILLIAM HILL
While cloud is a business accelerator, business and IT leaders must be smart about how they consume cloud services. There are blind spots in cloud spending, and they need to be aware to optimize budgets and drive value.
Organizations with an understanding of cloud economics will be in a better position to optimize cloud costs now. Long after the current crisis, a well-designed cloud strategy will also help prepare for the future.
Our cloud journey has evolved quite a bit over the years. However, our commitment to delivering products and services to our clients rapidly by providing a frictionless experience to our developers remains as important as ever.
Vijay Luthra, CIO, Northern Trust Wealth Management (former CTO of Northern Trust)
Before the pandemic, 42% of IT professionals said public cloud security was a top concern, according to the 2020 Future Shock: The Cloud Is the New Network survey. As the threat landscape grew significantly during the pandemic, attitudes began to change. Now, businesses worldwide are quickly embracing multi-cloud security strategies to better protect data sources and apps.
Certainly, a key part of our cybersecurity future is going to be migrating off-premises to a centralized virtual environment—in short, to the cloud.
Thomas Balcavage, SVP and CTO, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
AI can be used to detect disease in large patient imaging studies more rapidly than the human eye. And, with further research, this technology will enable doctors to provide the fastest, most accurate and safest diagnoses and treatments for patients. Bringing our NVIDIA Clara AI application frameworks and VMware Cloud Foundation together will help us expand our work in AI using a common data center infrastructure for activities, such as training and research, and to help support time-sensitive urgent care diagnostics.
Christopher Hess, chair of radiology and biomedical imaging, UCSF
AI and ML also offer opportunities to optimize infrastructure operations and automate IT management. VMware’s Project Monterey, for example, focuses on evolving architecture for the data center, cloud and edge. Ultimately, this innovation helps address the changing requirements of next-generation applications, including AI, machine learning and 5G applications.
It’s challenging for our customers, because technology moves and changes so fast. We do find the vast majority of them want to have that management capability across multiple clouds. And in those types of scenarios, it allows the customer to elevate their staff to be architects for their business (and) focus on the applications that run their business.
Steve Nolan, project manager, Lumen
Where is your organization is on its cloud journey—cloud curious, cloud capable or cloud first? No matter where you fall on the pendulum, multi-cloud accelerates innovation and efficiency, while strengthening security.
*“App Modernization in a Multi-Cloud World, 2020 VMware Market Insights Report.” https://www.vmware.com/app-modernization/register-for-app-modernization-in-a-multi-cloud-world.html
“MIT Executive Study Uncovers Top 10 Trends Shaping IT Resilience,” 2020. https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/microsites/cio-vantage/vmware-global-mit-executive-study.pdf?src=radius