vCORE Technology Partners | Oct. 1, 2019
Technology as a force for good — whether in the classroom or the boardroom, in the data center or at the edge — was a major topic of discussion among a group of enterprise IT leaders who recently attended the vCORE IT Executive Summit in Oahu.
The summit, hosted at the North Shore’s Turtle Bay Resort, brought together some of the islands’ leading IT executives for a day of networking, panel discussions and technology conversations, focused on digital transformation through cloud and automation.
Here’s a quick sampling of three things we learned during the event:
1. IT transformation tastes better when pizza is involved.
Brent Piatti, who leads vCORE’s fast-growing Cloud Platforms & Services team, examined the return on investment for six well-known, publicly-traded companies, with some surprising results.
If you invested $1,000 in each company — Google, Apple, Amazon, Tesla, Netflix, and one mystery company — back in 2010, what was the investment worth seven years later?
A $1,000 investment into Apple inflated to about $4,610, for example, while the money invested in Amazon was worth $6,328.
But topping the chart at No. 1, with a present value north of $21,000, was a brand nearly everyone knows but no one would quite expect — Domino’s. As in the pizza.
“What did they do that was so revolutionary or different, that allowed them to beat these tech giants of the world?” Piatti asked. “Automation. They focused on systems of engagement. Mobile applications. Customer experience.”
In a spurt of digital innovation beginning in 2007, Domino’s raced ahead to be the first pizza brand to provide online ordering, mobile ordering and a pizza tracker. They experimented with “emoji ordering,” voice assistants, “zero touch ordering” and even autonomous delivery. And the investment has paid off.
“This is a pizza company,” Piatti said at the summit. “What I’m advocating to you as companies is to do what Domino’s did and think like a tech company. Think like a start-up. Put technology at the center of the way that you operate as a business, leveraging applications and DevOps principles.”
2. Digital Transformation touches nearly everything.
In the three decades leading up to the new millennium, fewer than 1,200 people managed to successfully climb Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak at 29,029 feet.
Of those who tried, nearly one in five didn’t make it back alive.
In the two decades since, however, Everest was summited nearly 8,000 times, with the death rate plummeting to about one in 70.
Technology — including improvements in climbing gear, data, simulations and weather forecasting — is often cited as the primary factor in the dramatically-better survival and success rates.
Whether it’s something adrenaline-pumping like mountaineering or as seemingly-mundane as selling pizza, digital transformation continues to change nearly every aspect of the world around us.
3. Automation, efficiency and UX are top of mind for enterprise IT leaders.
A panel of IT leaders from several Hawaii-based enterprises shared their thoughts on key trends and challenges within the industry, along with a few new developments that have them excited about the future.
At Maryknoll School — Hawaii’s largest private Catholic school — Director of Technology Jim Morris is on a mission to leverage advanced technology to promote an “anytime, anywhere” learning environment. That requires modern networking devices that can produce not only higher speeds but higher efficiency in a high-density environment.
“It would be very easy for the teacher to say ‘Everybody go to this website’ and do one thing, but then everything grinds to a halt as they wait for that one webpage to load,” Morris said.
It’s no longer just about speeds and feeds, Morris said, but also the ability to do multiple things at once, to have dozens of people talking at the same time.
“With our new network, it handles those types of requests more efficiently,” he said. “So now when the teacher says ‘Everybody go to the website,’ everybody has a much better experience and the teacher can continue to be effective in keeping the kids engaged.”
For Jason Aldridge, CIO for Title Guaranty, which owns Hawaii’s largest real-estate database, the advancement of virtualization down to the container level, with Docker and Kubernetes, present some exciting possibilities moving forward.
“All of those things that are driving toward that automated, individualized environment are pretty exciting to me, especially from a deployment standpoint and also from a security/isolation standpoint,” Aldridge said. “I’m interested to see what comes from it as that technology grows and becomes more mainstream.”
Ready to learn more about how vCORE can help your organization leverage cloud and automation to drive digital transformation? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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