Stephen Lewis

Destination: Digital Transformation.  But how do I get there?

Blog Post created by Stephen Lewis Employee on Nov 28, 2016

The problem with the evolution of technology is that the journey is littered with companies all travelling at different speeds and in different stages of their technical evolution. Every year that passes, thousands of new companies join the evolution trail – an estimated 600,000 startups were founded in the UK this year alone.  The biggest benefit for the newer entrants is that they don’t have lots of legacy systems and applications to support.  And according to many different sources there is increasing churn - the average lifespan of a company in the top 500 is rapidly reducing.

 

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Along the way we have seen the impact of Moore’s law across the industry which has fuelled the developments of mobile computing/telephony, and led to the development of affordable sensor technology.  The new wave of digital disruptors are forcing the more established businesses to re-think their approach to using technology as a differentiator .  How can we continue to do more for less so that we can invest in developing new revenue streams whilst enhancing the experience of our customers?   Nowadays the cost of the technology is relatively cheap (about 20% of the cost of ownership over 5 years).  Hence, even if you manage to squeeze an additional 20% reduction out of your suppliers, you have only really achieved a 4% saving over the 5 year costs!  As our own David Merrill (Chief Economist at Hitachi Data Systems) has long since been proclaiming, price does not equal cost, and the operating costs need to be optimised.  But after you have consolidated, virtualised and automated as much as you can, the bulk of the remaining costs are down to depreciation of the assets!  Which is why today many customers are moving away from owning assets, and focusing more on defining service levels based on pay per use models.

 

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The public cloud is often seen as an easy answer for this requirement, but doesn’t always provide the flexibility or level of service expected by customers for their more critical applications and data.  This is why we have developed the Hitachi Enterprise Cloud (HEC) solution.

 

HEC takes the concept of a converged platform to the next level.  The first iteration of the solution is based on the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform combined with VMWare vRealize Suite and a significant investment in solution and services engineering.  The aim is to deliver a repeatable, scalable platform ready for workloads 90 days from order.  And the solution is available under a very flexible pay-per-use model via Hitachi’s Managed Cloud Service offering.

 

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HEC allows a VMWare administrator to manage the entire stack.  HEC provides standard services out of the box, making it easier to create a service catalogue that suits the needs of the business.  The flexible financial model allows for a buffer of capability to be deployed that enables faster response to the business needs and is charged for on a pay-per-use basis.  So if your business is looking to reduce operating costs and is at the point of needing to transform, tell us in the comments, what are your biggest costs and we will tell you how HEC might address these.

 

For more details please read this excellent blog from my colleague, Paul Meehan.

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