Yeah, the title is hyperbolic. Maybe it was the royal setting at the famous Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s in central London or maybe it was the cucumber sorbet. Regardless, Phil Wainewright’s use of the ‘Soviet Era’ metaphor really resonated with our elite group of CIOs and CTOs.
I had the privilege of moderating the Summit about cloud connection strategies while visiting SnapLogic’s EMEA headquarters. In addition to Wainewright, we had a panel of thought leaders that included Canonical’s Enterprise Application Manager Henrik Omma, and tech journalist Adrian Bridgwater (who also wrote about the lunch for ComputerWeekly.com).
Here’s a recap of my top 3 takeaways from the day, which taken together, marks the end of “Soviet Era” IT:
- It’s all about agility. No one can afford to spend months planning out multiple-year integration projects because it will all quickly become irrelevant. We must be fast and flexible enough to respond quickly to the demands of the business, and the burgeoning number and types of new cloud-based data sources and applications.
- No more “rip and replace.” Everything new needs to work with existing investments, which makes flexible connections (not complex integration) a critical enabler for any evolving IT portfolio.
- Automation and reuse aren’t luxuries. Manual integration processes need to be replaced with standardized, repeatable connectors for a more intuitive organization-wide connection “fabric” that can keep up with the pace of multiple projects and a myriad of connection points.
What this all boils down to is that robust data integration, based on a change-ready connection infrastructure, increases business profitability and growth because it provides your business with the value of agility.
Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Summit! If you weren’t there, let us know what topics you’d like to discuss at an IT executive luncheon. I’m also open to suggestions on fabulous restaurant locations we should try next.