The workplace is changing – which, in turn, means IT departments and their management teams are going to need to change too. Why? One word: Services.
Although the concept of a service-oriented architecture has been around for a long time, cloud computing has made services more accessible and affordable by facilitating new delivery models and providing the necessary infrastructure. For businesses, this means a well-planned migration to a cloud environment can save money, by providing on-demand capacity rather than building for peak usage. It can also reduce risk, as new software can be easily trialled and the subscription terminated if it proves to be unsuitable.
Those are the business benefits, but what about your users? The availability of cloud services to general public, for free, means that people are getting used to using centrally stored services that can be accessed from anywhere, on any device. So what do your users expect? What does having ‘everything as a service’ actually entail? Take a look at our new visualization to find out:
This has important implications. It means it is now feasible to consider moving a lot of your business software to the cloud. So employees will be able to access the precise information they need at any time, no matter the location, so long as they have connectivity. This means your enterprise can become mobile, allowing productive work to take place away from the office, on laptops, smartphones and tablets. Where the workplace of the past was centered around location, the workplace of the future will be united by consistent access to information and services. To find out more about the cloud and its role in transforming business, take a look at our series of white papers: http://www8.hp.com/uk/en/campaign/mobile-enterprise/whitepapers.html
These changes go right to the top. CIOs need to change from a role of maintenance to one of leadership and innovation. They need to start preparing to migrate at least some services to the cloud, or risk their organizations being left behind. In the workplace of the future, most of the maintenance, purchasing and upgrading of hardware will be done by the cloud provider, outside of the businesses that are using these services. So say goodbye to hardware management – the CIO’s role will become one of ensuring the seamless delivery of information through services.