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The Future of Work: The CIO
How will IT leaders set their agenda for 2016?
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Dave Wright
How do you think cloud distinctions (public, hybrid, private) will evolve in 2016?
Rob Pickering
Those distinctions are already fading. They're marketing/analyst terms. CIOs in the trenches don't set out to build a hybrid cloud, they just implement what the business needs utilizing the most cost-effective resources.
Dave Wright
I think the concepts of Private, Hybrid (never seen a true hybrid app!) and Private will become irrelevant. You define your app and it will run in the right place.
John Furrier
I think 2016 will be the year of the Private Cloud with significant development of Hybrid as gateway to Public; Transform the datacenter first then go hybrid to public imho
Colleen Haikes
But don't you think that #CIOs need to get down to brass tax to know the privacy, security and availability of their cloud structure? All clouds are not equal.
Dave Wright
Let's face it a lot of the public clouds provide the capability to deploy privately now anyway so I'd agree with that!
Rob Pickering
That's exactly it. None of the users (or even really IT) care what it's running on, as long as the infrastructure matches the needs of the organization (Governance, Risk, Compliance).
Brian Lillie
I agree that CIOs view these as tools in the toolkit but I firmly believe that Hybrid Cloud architecture will emerge (has emerged) as the right architecture. They offer the CIO (and the business) the best of both worlds
Peter Kretzman
The benefits of private cloud have always been hazy to me, aside from the cultural "stepping stone" aspect.
Rob Pickering
@cahaikes They absolutely do, but you build the infrastructure to abstract that to the proper levels. The business consumer doesn't care, but it's your job to make sure it's compliant.
Brian Lillie
I actually think there are use cases for private clouds, and building a private cloud to "cloud-ready" your apps is a nice mechanism for being able to seamlessly shift apps and workloads across an interconnected Hybrid Cloud
Peter Kretzman
There is nothing quite so enticing IMO than the notion of having little or no hardware of one's own: public cloud FTW.
Brian Lillie
Not sure I agree with the 100% public cloud model
Peter Kretzman
Run the numbers on on-premises infrastructure, taking EVERYTHING into account, and they're compelling. At least IME.
Rob Pickering
@PeterKretzman I also don't like the concept of shrugging my shoulders during service outages and pointing fingers at the clouds in the sky.
John Furrier
@coachlillie I don't see that as the case unless it's #cloudnative from day 1; integrating existing datacenter assets is bottleneck from the CIOs I've talked too
Brian Lillie
And neither do many of the largest public cloud providers that we offer direct connectivity to here at Equinix. They see a hybrid world for the foreseeable future, and they want to play in both
Dave Wright
@robpickering Like looking at your broken down Prius and saying "Beats the hell out of me!"
Peter Kretzman
Outages are interesting: I see your point, but I also have seen lots of false sense of control on self-operated infrastructure.
Rob Pickering
That's a great analogy. Then of course you call Uber. #cloud
Peter Kretzman
Wait, you've seen my Prius?
Brian Lillie
So to me, the "happy and frugal" architecture (as coined by an Enterprise CIO customer of ours) is one in which they have a private cloud running in an interconnected cage right next to a major Cloud Service Provider where they can move...
Colleen Haikes
@coachlillie What kinds of apps would be good for private #cloud ?
Dave Wright
And now we go to the Uber - cloud analogy.... #cloud
Brian Lillie
workloads seamlessly between "on-prem" and public cloud based on business demands
Jason Wojahn

I think all models will will continue to commoditize the tools to help manage in these environments will be more important
Christian McMahon
Use of cloud specific to security, risk & regulatory requirements placed on orgs. I think hybrid cloud will gain greater enterprise adoption in 2016
Rob Pickering
@cahaikes Private cloud is just Virtualization in my opinion, maybe you care where the hypervisor lives, maybe you don't. So all apps work great in Private cloud.
Ben Haines
@robpickering 100% being pushed by vendors to make money and IT to claim being innovative #CIO
Brian Lillie
I think its less about the app versus the cost model you want. And performance. Let's talk later Colleen..."these aren't the servers you are looking for...they are in the cloud." #TheForceAwakens
Dave Wright
What do you think will be the biggest change to the CIO’s role in 2016?
Rob Pickering
Security. I'm sure security has always been near the top of mind for most CIOs, but in 2016 it may be the #1 concern.
John Furrier
I think the #cloudnative conversation is a big on because it's the intersection of cloud, mobile, and social. Apps will transform IT
Dave Wright
That always seems to be on the rise....
Rob Pickering
Driving business value is now going to be weighed with ensuring a secure implementation, and that may be at odds for your business lines.
John Furrier
@robpickering Data will be something that will need to be orchestrated across multiple channels of engagement which will change the IT platform to be very API based
Christian McMahon
It should be more commercially focused - concentrating on the customer experience & working strategy back from there
Rob Pickering
@furrier Agree that it's going to be a big deal in 2016, which enforces my security point, it has to be done right or it opens up too many liabilities.
Dave Wright
@furrier I'd agree with that - I see a lot of enterprise who have been saying they are going cloud first but now they are actually starting to do it!
Rob Pickering
@furrier John, I think we're already there frankly. Every implementation we're doing has to be integrated to something else already.
John Furrier
@robpickering agree bolting on security after the fact isn't going to work
Peter Kretzman
Actually executing against ever-rising expectations, particularly in cloud and mobile. Lots of orgs have been in "experiment" mode only; 2016 should change that.
John Furrier
@robpickering totally spot on. Integration is the new added value; Integrated stacks; #devops
Brian Lillie
I believe security is job one, including secure access to cloud service providers. Also customer experience for end customers as well as employees are top of mind too. Mobilizing everything and an API-first mentality are also key.
Kristin Emi Rimbach
@ChristianMcM Providing a great customer experience is the only way to keep top talent across the business.
Colleen Haikes
@ChristianMcM treating the end user as a true consumer of tech is a big need but what's the obstacle in the enterprise to get there?
John Furrier
@cahaikes Consumerization of IT is finally here and thriving; new expectations spawn new experiences enabled by developers
Scott Ferguson
Risk: which covers Security, Compliance, Audit, Vulnerability, etc...
Kristin Emi Rimbach
@ChristianMcM Employees, especially millennials don't tolerate outdated processes.
Peter Kretzman
@coachlillie Agreed on the API-first mentality. This is a giant sea change for a lot of shops.
Dave Wright
I agree with @ChristianMcM Customer experience is very important now. Why do my apps outside of work rock and the one's inside work look obsolete?
John Furrier
The #CIO will move from being a facilities mgr to being an enabler for top line revenue growth
Christian McMahon
@cahaikes Main obstacles are culture, communication & collaboration
Brian Lillie
I also believe (somewhat biased from where I sit) that creating a "digital supply chain" via interconnection is pretty critical. Customer experience includes performance across the multi-cloud (multiple SaaS providers with on-prem)
Dave Wright
@PeterKretzman @coachlillie so are Integration platforms the way to go? Mulesoft etc?
Peter Kretzman
Yes. Gotta pick your platform and run with it. Same as ever, in a sense, but now with a different focus.
John Furrier
@coachlillie love the digital supply chain concept that is huge!
Peter Kretzman
Nearly every internal dev shop I see is incredibly tightly coupled, monolithic in its approach. This will have to change for success.
Brian Lillie
Also need to rethink an architecture that was largely built for the days of when your apps and data were in your corporate data center (basement in some cases) & are now largely in various clouds. This requires inverting your IT architecture
Peter Kretzman
Unfortunately, many shops minimize the level of "mindset change" to move to a loosely coupled set of services, away from the monolith.
Rob Pickering
@furrier Digital supply chain is just a Service Catalog marrying business needs to workflows. It's here today!
John Furrier
@robpickering what is your advice to practitioners on this topic - it's very important in the architecture decisions being contemplated
Christian McMahon
@kristinemi Outdated process & lack of innovation will drive away all staff & open you up to disruptive elements
Christian McMahon
Could be just interface as more emphasis will be placed on usability & interface when apps are externally facing