Moving to the third platform of IT

Nurdianah Md Nur

Tom Zack of EMC

As the age of the third platform of IT — built on cloud, social, mobile, big data and analytics — dawns upon us, enterprises need to evolve to address new needs. Tom Zack, president for South East Asia at EMC Corporation, shares his thoughts on how enterprises should do so.  

As we move into the age of the third platform of IT, how should enterprises transform? 
Information technology has never been as important to businesses as it is today, and that trend will only continue to intensify. IT organisations face a tremendous pressure as they need to respond to a fast changing and increasingly demanding business reality. In the coming years, those who do not manage to adapt to the new needs will become completely irrelevant. 

The new wave of winners that will emerge is comprised of companies that redefine themselves to become software-defined enterprises. Software-defined enterprises will leverage software and build new applications that harness new sources of data to redefine their strategy and drive structural changes to their advantage.

At EMC, we are committed to help companies navigate through this transition period. We see this as a business opportunity that can deliver tangible value. Our strategy is to continue to be a leader in second platform technology and lead our customers on their journey to the third platform.

Which aspect of the third platform of IT should enterprises embark on first and why?
There is really no perfect model for success as businesses transit to the third platform. However, having a clear vision of the role of IT in achieving the business goals is essential for building a sustainable business.

The new IT agenda should have the following three big tenants associated with it. The first has to do with building a new security model because the emerging threats are different and it's no longer enough to just secure the perimeter. You have to make sure you know what's going on at all times and be able to rapidly respond. The second important tenant is driving down cost in the existing data centre as well as creating a platform for the future.To achieve this, IT needs to move to a software-defined data centre and expand that into a hybrid cloud.That's going to provide great agility and cost efficiency to manage the infrastructure.

The third tenant is creating scalable repositories for storing data from a wide variety of sources, generated by traditional and next-generation workloads, and consumed through a range of mechanisms without needing to be managed by separate, multiple silos of storage. This can be achieved by data lakes which are gaining popularity as they provide new storage opportunities. The recently announced upgrades to EMC's IsilonOneFS storage delivers the industry's first enterprise-grade, scale-out data lake, enabling next-generation workloads such as Hadoop analytics, cloud and mobile.

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