The effects of the financial armageddon of 2008 is largely still with us. Emergency monetary policies such as quantitative easing that were executed globally some of which dating back to 2001, have effectively pumped “funny money” into the system to the tune of multiple trillions of US dollars. The net effect of this is the diminishing value of all major currencies. This has resulted in organisations and individual consumers to qualify and scrutinise their spending much more carefully.
Additionally, thanks to the late Steve Jobs, the consumerisation of technology has given birth to a generation of very informed and well connected buyers giving rise to a compare-the-market-dot-com landscape.
The above factors have created challenging, dynamic and unpredictable market conditions that will probably stay with us for the foreseeable future forming our new normal.
Therefore if businesses do not deliver their goods and services faster, better and more valuable (not necessarily cheaper) than their competition, they will lose potentially significant revenue opportunities.
Many organisations today recognise the true potential of Information Technology as a strategic weapon and have transformed their view of IT from being purely a cost centre to a potentially disruptive innovation engine.
For almost over a decade VMware has lead this transformation giving rise to the notion of a Software Defined Architecture. Whilst we can all accept that Tin matters, it is clear that physical-oriented, manually driven, siloed architectures of the past that are designed from the ground up to be “predictable” have rapidly lost their relevance to Software Defined Architectures that are designed from the ground up to embrace, enable and de-risk change completely transforming the approach to change management.
One of the bi-products of the software defined approach is that by definition architectural intelligence is constructed in software and as such it can be easily manipulated. A programmable, policy engine at the heart of this architecture will enable IT organisations to define what good looks like allowing the intelligent infrastructure to delivery against such policies and do so at scale.
Therefore the ability to operate at scale without a significant rise in operational costs is a fundamental property of an intelligent Software Defined Architecture.