It has now been 2 weeks since the MEGA team returned from this year’s Gartner ITxpo Symposium, the largest one yet. With all these sessions and the amount of people (WHAT a week) and if you were there, you know what I am talking about. We’ve taken some time to digest the event and here are a few things we, at MEGA, brought back to the office.
The most striking message that can be taken from this year’s symposium is that CIO’s and business leaders around the world believe passionately in digital business. There is a real desire to embrace digital transformation and an eagerness to ensure that this journey is carried out with the best possible roadmap in place. It was refreshing to see a community who recognise that leveraging the benefits of digital technology is the best way to not only streamline their operations, but to differentiate themselves within crowded markets.
For the second year running digital business was the main theme – having defined the concept in 2013, this year the focus was on leveraging benefits from this radical business transformation. As we move into a new era of unprecedented interconnectivity, Gartner’s content focused on the following:
- The internet of things – how devices and connections must be controlled to leverage competitive and operational advantage. As the number of connected devices and applications within portfolio’s increase exponentially, visibility of what comprises IT infrastructure and the precise nature and interaction of each element has never been more important.
- Cloud migration and the transition away from physical infrastructure and thinking – As the latest technology and business strategies blur the lines between the digital and physical worlds, don’t make the mistake of thinking that moving applications and infrastructure ‘to the cloud’ means you no longer have to manage them! Only by fully understanding the characteristics of your evolving cloud platforms and how they relate and interact with any remaining physical infrastructure are you able to benefit and avoid potential pitfalls
- Security and risk in the digital business era – as business process and objectives transform, so must our approach to managing and mitigating threats to operations and profitability. It is no longer adequate to have an ad-hoc approach to compliance, emerging corporate governance best practice dictates a thorough, systematic approach is required.
- Managing and controlling ever evolving IT estates – as businesses change and merge, and with the relentless pace of technological developments, how can vast estates of assets, devices and applications be optimized? Gartner and other analysts have found that up to 80% of IT department’s resources are spent maintaining and managing IT portfolios. With the ongoing pressure on IT budgets, the only way to increase performance is to improve efficiency by eliminating redundant legacy applications and devices.
MEGA is convinced that enterprise architecture (EA) combined with risk management are the most effective ways for companies to deliver business outcomes, helping them though the challenges of digital transformation. Our capability and legitimacy gained over the years through our clients and analysts like Gartner analyst Saul Brand, who ranked MEGA leader amongst the leaders in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Architecture Tools 2014, from September 2014. Now is the time to move forward with your digital transformation program!