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How data will shape our digital future

Everything is data and data is everything, but you need to have the infrastructure in place and the people at hand who understand how it all works if you want to be successful.

There is little question that a successful business is a quick one. Business agility remains at the root of being able to adapt to changing business conditions, take advantage of changes in the business environment, and maintain a competitive business advantage over other businesses in your market space. So, yes, the speed of business is a real thing and one that every business must find a way to address.

At Discover 2019, TechTarget’s Jillian Coffin sat down with Sandeep Singh, vice president of storage marketing at Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Eric Burgener, research vice president for the infrastructure systems group at IDC; and Keith Townsend, co-founder of The CTO Advisor, to discuss the role of infrastructure changes and the huge influx of data and how it will shape our digital future. Their thoughts ranged far and wide, but their focus consistently returned to infrastructure and data.

So what do we need to do to keep up?

Technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning are definitive drivers of future business, and so your infrastructure must support these technologies. Deploying faster, more resilient hardware and building the most reliable infrastructure possible will be what enables your business to move forward successfully at the breakneck speed of business changes we currently see and expect to see increase even further in the future.

Businesses are already making these changes as fundamental parts of their digital transformation. As they deploy faster infrastructures, their spending habits are changing. Businesses are spending money to accelerate this change, and the further along their transformation journey they are, the more they are spending on technologies like converged infrastructures and flash storage. Businesses are evaluating their purchase decisions not just for what the money can do in the short term but how the spending allows future integration with hybrid cloud deployments.

This speed and infrastructure define the modern environment. We are moving toward the complete production environment where infrastructure is code. The infrastructure needs to support business in a simplified, on-demand fashion and offer end-to-end resilience with the speed that enhances business performance. The technical infrastructure is no longer acceptable, at all, if it gets in the way of business performance. As DevOps takes the lead in the way businesses manage applications and information, the agile infrastructure that can support business operations and permit the exploitation of the data accumulating every second becomes the norm.

The future is in the data

Updating infrastructure to improve business processes is being done because it is all about the data. As the video posits, everything is data and data is everything. The sheer size of the information load means that good business practice requires that you be in a position to utilize that data for the improvement of every aspect of your business, from future planning to customer interaction.

With that significant infrastructure investment and plans to make use of the data influx, the weak spot can quickly become the skills necessary to develop, address, and analyze the data and its potential. So consider addressing the potential skills gap a part of your digital transformation. This, too, is an end-to-end process, from data analysts to DevOps specialists to adding a chief data officer to the C-suite, the goal is to build that infrastructure, in technology, processes, and skills to make successful utilization and exploitation of your huge, valuable data collection a part of your everyday business processes.

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