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The Deeper Dive CIO in a Turbulent Technology Ocean By @ABridgwater | @CloudExpo #Cloud

The new agenda means all IT investments need to be optimized, all IT needs to be delivered with a minimum of risk

The Deeper Dive CIO in a Turbulent Technology Ocean

It's not hard to feel sorry for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) - the levels at which they need to operate change all the time... and depth and granularity of the dataflows that present themselves change all the time.

Just when we thought we had the whole client-server model worked out, along came the Internet and cloud and the data center.

Just when the cloud computing model of service-based application processing and storage virtualization had started to bed in, we found containers, microservices and their associate technologies starting to impact the way corporate IT structures were being disaggregated.

Just when we thought we had some idea of what virtualization entailed, along comes micro-virtualization - but what is it?

What is micro-virtualization?
As recently reported on Forbes, "Just as virtualization exists to ‘abstract away' (and create virtual divisions between) areas of memory, processing power, networking control and other computing resources - we see that micro-virtualization essentially works to abstract applications (and their corresponding sub-processes) away from the hardware they run on."

What this usage of micro-virtualization means (if we do it right) is that those applications in this arena can be successfully run in isolated environments.

Why is this good news? Well it makes whole heap of sense for security to start with, i.e., isolation means segregation and control of data - and this should be a welcome thing for CIOs who see the whole abstraction to virtualization move as an inherently complex challenge from an IT management perspective.

Decentralizing, centrally speaking
As we now start to centralize our IT into cloud-centric data center environments, we are essentially decentralizing the client experience. Applications and their desktop environments are centralized in the data center and (securely we hope) delivered to users on-demand, to any device (usually and increasingly mobile), anywhere.

There are attractive new options for the growth of a digital enterprise mobile workforce here, but disruption (even positive disruption) doesn't come without re-engineering and the progression path to virtualization is not always simple. Yes firms can pay for managed services to guide them through this process, but not every customer will want to afford or be able to afford these layers.

Legacy-virtualization, already?
Furthermore, we can look back just perhaps half a decade and see that firms are already having to rid themselves of virtualization solutions that fail to fully decouple the requisite level of IT infrastructure.

There is clearly a need to rationalize the complex application portfolios of the past and align every firm's chosen portfolio of services to the strategic direction (and Line of Business goals) of the organization.

Can the CIO pull this off? Not overnight is generally the answer... and not overnight without a deeper dive approach and enough oxygen to get deep into a new ocean of granularity.

A new agenda for the CIO
What all this comes to is a new agenda for the CIO. It is one where deeper granularity comes to bear and it is one where he or she must first and foremost create "business value" with relation to all his or her actions and investments.

The new agenda means all IT investments need to be optimized, all IT needs to be delivered with a minimum of risk, all IT needs to be able to navigate business change for the future and all IT has to be transformative. There is a huge amount to do, but the tools exist - it's a question of diving in.

This post is sponsored by KPMG LLP and The CIO Agenda.

KPMG LLP is a Delaware limited liability partnership and is the U.S. member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. The KPMG name, logo and "cutting through complexity" are registered trademarks or trademarks of KPMG International. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of KPMG LLP.

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Adrian Bridgwater is a freelance journalist and corporate content creation specialist focusing on cross platform software application development as well as all related aspects software engineering, project management and technology as a whole.

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