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IMC Roundtable

  • Date: Wednesday, 28th March, 2018
  • Location: Spreckley Partners, 5-9 Hatton Walk, London, EC1N 8HX
  • Time: 11am - 1pm

Discussion topics

  • Cloud technology has experienced a seemingly inexorable rise in recent years, with this momentum showing little sign of abating.
  • Outsourcing the responsibility for infrastructure to a third party is an enticing prospect in itself.
  • However, cloud’s meteoric growth owes itself to a range of additional attributes which, when combined, make cloud a powerful enabler for greater business innovation and agility.
  • Inevitably, financial considerations dominate the thinking of any business decision-maker, whether in the IT department or elsewhere in the company.
  • With this in mind, finding ways to save money without compromising on quality is crucial. At the heart of any cloud proposition lies this desire to make IT more cost-effective: by taking infrastructure and IT management responsibilities away from internal teams, businesses can significantly reduce their capex costs, which are so often a burden on an organisation’s bottom line.
  • The subscription-based pricing models made possible by cloud are also instrumental in helping companies to strip out unnecessary spending, releasing valuable funds to be directed elsewhere.
  • While the financial benefits are obviously vital, where cloud can be truly pivotal is in how it can be a real catalyst for positive business transformation. The first area in which this can happen is how cloud can encourage evolution of the IT department. Managing IT infrastructure is a cumbersome task, and one that occupies the time of many an employee. When moving to the cloud, IT staff are much less compelled to spend their time on keeping the lights on, and can turn their attention to more innovative endeavours instead. This means they can focus on implementing new systems and processes that ensure the IT department provides real value to the business, rather than simply being a cost centre whose sole role is to keep the wheels turning behind the scenes.
  • However, where cloud’s biggest future impact on innovation will lie is in how it will facilitate the adoption and implementation of new technologies. Of these, artificial intelligence (AI) is one which is on the lips of many an IT expert across the globe.
  • Despite its potential, AI is still in its infancy, so needs time, investment and the use of existing technology as an enabler if it is to become a successful reality. Cloud has the ability to act as this enabling force: given its very nature as a technology that makes the running of an IT estate more unified, integrated and efficient, embracing cloud eases any compatibility issues that may arise when incorporating AI into an estate alongside existing systems and legacy architecture.
  • The same applies for any of other emerging technologies that are promising to revolutionise the way businesses approach IT. The Internet of Things, the Internet of Everything, blockchain – for these to be successfully leveraged, organisations need to have a flexible, agile philosophy in place. This status as an enabler is why cloud is here to stay.

IMC will also be unveiling and discussing its latest research into the state of the UK Cloud landscape, including platform as a service, Microsoft ecosystem and trends in cloud computing