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Architecture and strategy – embracing web-scale IT

15/10/2014 by

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Web-scale IT will be one of the most important strategic IT trends during the next twelve months according to research firm, Gartner.

This prediction comes as large corporations begin to co-ordinate development and operations in order to rapidly produce software products and services. The industry-wide shift to cloud-based providers during the last twelve months has driven the adoption of DevOps as a means to maximise value, while keeping pace with competitors already embracing the cultural transformation.

The evolution towards web-scale IT has also been accelerated by large cloud service providers like Facebook, Amazon and Google. These companies are currently reinventing the manner in which IT services can be delivered on a daily basis with their capabilities extending beyond sheer scale to include both speed and agility. Gartner predicts that around 50 per cent of global enterprises will use this architectural approach by 2017, as methods optimised for the cloud and commercial hardware platforms become more mainstream. More importantly, DevOps is having a profound impact on IT culture in the current climate, with increased experimentation and an acceleration of application delivery.

“DevOps is causing organisations to rethink much of the conventional wisdom of IT operations,” Gartner Research vice president, Cameron Haight said.

“Historically, enterprise IT has been focused on managing risk – particularly for companies that reside in regulated industries. However, the major DevOps underpinnings, such as automation, are enabling these same enterprises to realise they can be fast and 'safe'. Embracing risk is not as risky as it sounds with a DevOps mindset.”

This mind-set can be invaluable in architecture and strategy due to the focus on synchronising IT and business goals. Taking risks and adapting with ease to any changes is hugely beneficial, as it drives simplicity, agility and value. This will also allow businesses to focus on dynamic computing models in order to cope with the demands of digital business, which is another strategic IT trend for 2015.

The emergence of software-defined infrastructure and applications is set to become more widespread. It is becoming increasingly important for businesses in the digital age to focus on agile development methods for a range of computing operations (including programming applications and infrastructure), as this will ensure that they have the flexibility to cope with shifts in demand. In the meantime, leveraging the cloud, SaaS systems and utilising exciting technology developments provided by external providers, like Oracle, will continue to underpin successful IT strategies as individual resource silos and out-dated methods become things of the past.

This article was written by one of our consultants: Hannah Young - Architecture & Strategy Consultant, if you would like a detailed discussion, please contact Hannah on: +44 (0)20 7014 0230 or send an email to hannahy@montash.com.

Montash is a multi-award winning, global IT recruitment business. Specialising in permanent and contract positions across mid-senior appointments across a wide range of industry sectors and IT functions, including:

ERP, BI & Data, Information Security, IT Architecture & Strategy, Energy & Technologies, Demand IT and Business Engagement, Digital and E-commerce, Leadership Talent, Infrastructure and Service Delivery, Project and Programme Delivery.

Montash is headquartered in Old Street, London, in the heart of the technology hub. Montash has completed assignments in over 30 countries and has appointed technical professionals from board level to senior and mid management in permanent and contract roles.

 

 

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