The evolution of IT, all of you are here because you want to improve and support the business through consolidation, networking, virtualization etc. IT is moving from being support to being central to businesses, this is what is driving change in the mission of enterprise businesses, and it is not only driving the center of gravity for business but also building it.
With every disruption, there is an opportunity, stepping into perspective, think about your first computer, it is like your first love you never forget about it, generations ago. Fast forwarding it to today's computer with a lot of connections that includes mobiles, sensors, the Internet of things, we are taking about having 50 billion connected airplanes by 2020, the tech platform is rapidly exploding and organizations have to manage it.
During the 2nd day of the Oracle OpenWorld conference,
So what it means to an organization's IT is that they have to be ready to handle all these data, store, analyze and put it in good use. "This best works in a connected environment to partners, vendors, suppliers and appliances not silos, all these connections are important to drive the management and use of these data in your infrastructure", says Fisher.
Fisher says there is a fabric that connects all these data, and it's what drives API calls in social media. He gave a case study of a company, which found a way to take advantage of all the data coming through their connections by mining these data then provide value to customers.
The company's business model called 'Dwell time', is about how long vehicle traffic can monitor traffic and determine the value of cars has by digital signage, based on the amount of time the vehicle spends on the signage they can determine the rate of advertisement. This is because they know their type of audience and they have gone a step further to get demographics of the type of cars in a particular road which helps them determine what type of digital signage they put on the road.
All these data; information coming together, all the services employed leads to what is referred to as the digital cycle of computing, where mobile devices, sensors, endpoints are now driving data use in organizations. IT is delivering all these to the enterprises in form of software services, which then drives the demands of all devices to consume that which in return serves business analytics for insights.
"The question to organizations today, is if they are ready for such disruption? Only 15 percent of enterprise IT has taken advantage of this capability", says Fisher. "Out of these 15 percent, 20 percent are competitive since they have taken advantage of flexible architecture, for example transforming their data center as a unit of computing logic and evolving them further to a software infrastructure".
This is really about dis-integrating computing to its common elements, compute, storage enabler, virtualizing these environments so that to have flexible, able, deployable, faster visioning capabilities to increase more demands for faster computing and reduce bottlenecks in the networks.
Fisher says companies like Oracle Exa-platforms have highly optimized applications and a common open standardized Xeon platform.
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