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21 Apr 2016

Making The Transfer

For an all-round guide to transferring to the Cloud, then Lewis Winning's session at Cloud Expo Asia Hong Kong is a must-see.

Lewis will be discussing both sides of customer transition to the Cloud, looking at the benefits and some of the potential problems posed: ?My session at the Expo will cover the transition to the Cloud from a customer point of view,? says Lewis. ?Specifically, the challenges they face today, the opportunities that the Cloud presents for them and the obstacles to success. There will also be a case study that illustrates all of this as well as HDS?s strategy for delivering Cloud solutions that will make our customer?s journey a success.?

Lewis is no stranger to the IT industry, with an impressive 30 years experience ? including a specific emphasis on enterprise infrastructure, storage solutions, and creating alignments between business requirements and IT.

?Before joining HDS as a Systems Engineer in 1989, I worked for the largest privately owned bank outside of Chicago, Illinois ? the Marine Bank of Springfield ? which was one of the oldest banks in the State,? says Lewis. ?I spent six years there, starting as an application programmer responsible for mortgage loans and the trust applications. I then transferred into a systems programmer role, responsible for operating systems and networking.?

?Some of the innovations the bank brought to market, and that I worked on from a development standpoint in the mid to late 1980?s, included the creation of early ATM machine code as well as Electronic Clearing House applications that were the basis for early electronic debits and credits.? Lewis adds that these two particular projects were largely responsible for Banc One Corporation?s (eventually acquired by JP Morgan Chase) decision to purchase Marine Bank in the very early 1990?s.

?In my current position as Vice President of Global Presales Engineering, I am responsible for enhancing the development of our Presales Engineering teams, while creating a consistent execution strategy for these critical resources to support HDS' global capabilities in delivering Infrastructure, Content, Converged, and Cloud solutions to create positive business outcomes for our customers.?

Lewis says that the advantages that the enterprise IT organisations who successfully make the journey to the Cloud are tremendous. ?They include greater agility, which will help them to meet the needs of the business from an applications delivery model.?

Other major benefits that HDS sees for its customers includes comprehensive capabilities to enable multiple Cloud frameworks with consumption flexibility and choice; and enterprise grade capabilities with high quality solutions, security, and control over their data and service delivery models. A further boon is that of predictable outcomes focused on customer requirements, better economics, increased efficiency, and better utilsation of assets.

But there are also challenges for enterprise IT organisations to overcome with respect to the Cloud and how can these be overcome. ?The major challenges that enterprise IT organisations face include security; control of assets; consistent service levels; enterprise quality, in terms of capability, availability, and support; and also open frameworks to support and enable the Cloud the way they want it (private, public, and hybrid).?

?These challenges can be overcome by deploying the right sets of technologies and frameworks to enable the benefits of the Cloud while keeping an eye on the requirements of the enterprise and the business.?

Lewis explains that a good vendor should address these key requirements above to allow the enterprise to gain all the capabilities and the benefits the Cloud has to offer while addressing the challenges that they may face in going to the Cloud. ?It should be seamless in terms of supporting the business, but with greater speed of delivery, development, and economics.?

For enterprise IT organisations, the Cloud has much to offer ? both now, and also in the future. ?Customers are moving in the direction of the Cloud ? there is no doubt about that.?

However, Lewis adds that the rate of adoption and acceleration will be dependent on their ability to transform their organisations to embrace the Cloud. ?One example is moving from a traditional approach to application development to a ?devops? approach, with the underlying infrastructure and services to support that shift.?

?What is clear is that IT organisations must align themselves with the business and break free of the status quo in terms of how traditional IT has operated to fully realise the benefits of the Cloud.?

Lewis Winning is speaking in the Cloud Expo Asia Keynote Theatre on Wednesday 18th May at 14:30-14:55

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