IT 2020 Emphasizes Speed, More Change Afoot for 2021

ServiceNow CIO Chris Bedi said this COVID-19 pandemic year has meant urgency and the need for speed for IT organizations. But what’s coming in the year ahead?

For some companies that had neither completed a digital transformation nor even cloud-enabled their operations, the pandemic has served as a catalyst. It created an urgency to get moving now if they wanted to operate a remote work environment for employees or connect with customers in a world where so many of the interactions have moved online.

That’s where COVID-19 separated the digital natives and digitally transformed enterprises from companies that hadn’t made

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VMware’s Greg Lavender to Speak on Getting IT Done

Interop keynote session will tackle exploring innovation while also maintaining systems.

At the upcoming Interop Digital conference set for early October, VMware CTO and senior vice president Greg Lavender will draw upon his prior experiences with “innovating without breaking the place” for his keynote session. VMware is a provider of software for cloud, networking, and security and Lavender will lead a talk on “Innovation While Getting IT Done.”

Keeping abreast of emerging technology is part of his team’s focus, he says. That includes planning for medium to longer-term innovation, such as tracking what is happening in post-quantum cryptography. For example,

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Chaos Engineering: Withstanding Turbulence in Software Production

Navigating safely through these stormy waters will ensure greater confidence in and resilience of the whole system. Here are a few pointers.

Although it is not new in industrial and manufacturing settings, chaos engineering is a relatively new discipline in digital engineering. It involves experimenting with software in production to better understand faults and build confidence in the system’s overall capability to withstand turbulence.

While chaos engineering principles have been gaining traction within the last years, clients and engineers are often (understandably) apprehensive because of the misconception that chaos engineering is all about deliberately breaking things. Additionally, the use of

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Is Your Pandemic-Fueled Cloud Migration Sustainable?

COVID-19 shoved enterprises into the cloud. While remote work is sustainable, emergency cloud strategies are not.

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Enterprises were already moving deeper into the cloud before the pandemic hit. Multi-year plans were replaced by emergency implementations to facilitate remote work and digital customer interactions. Businesses and their IT departments have been proud of their heroic efforts, but emergency implementations are not sustainable over the long-term.

“Regardless of what we did right or wrong, there was a rationalization behind it,” said George Burns, senior consultant for cloud operations at digital transformation agency SPR. “Now we need to

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Nokia Enterprise Talks 5G Driving Industry 4.0 Acceleration

Potential continues to build for possible technology applications at the edge of the forthcoming update to wireless infrastructure.

Higher levels of automation are expected to transform traditional manufacturing and industry, according to Mike Calabrese, senior vice president of Americas for Nokia Enterprise. He spoke at the recent the IoT Innovation North America virtual conference where he discussed 5G and the acceleration of “Industry 4.0” and the fruits expected to come out of this convergence.

Nokia Enterprise plans to expand its partner ecosystem, Calabrese said, seeing growth in private wireless that can influence the digitalization of asset-intensive industry, such as transportation,

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