(and What’s happening at EMC World…)
Global business is in a mega shift as their business lines envelope the global, mobile consumer with data rich offerings; as their operations eagerly vet out cloud as a platform for agility while hoping it delivers a better cost model for IT. We’re in a waiting game of sorts as companies test this out.
SAP, as the current reigning champion of global business apps, is in the middle of this conversation in a large number of the companies who are working to evolve.
We believe the end game for now is to convert IT from its old data center centric roots into a broker of IT services, with the CIO at the helm. Even today large companies often have an “Energy Broker” function where they bid out their energy requirements for the company. Similarly IT will be provide the best value/risk ratio to the business by implementing a brokerage model for IT.
Imagine: A “Line of Business” resource wants to kick off an SAP HANA project with a partner. They go into the services catalog, select an SAP HANA development environment, determine what they’re willing to pay, what risk they’re willing to take, what level of performance, and what geo they want the development environment. Moments later, they have their environment. The brilliance is not only that they could do that, but also that IT would have orchestrated these options with potentially several different provider companies or with their own IT staff. This allows companies to define profile-based services and keep the offerings competitive. It makes it a buyer’s market and that makes IT a hero to the business. Here’s a little video I had my team put together to highlight this concept. Worth a quick view.
So if you buy my idea of a service broker model for IT, let me provide you a handful of recommended next steps you can take to jump right into your own journey to “HERO”:
1) VIRTUALIZE – You have to virtualize. 100% Virtualized environments provide the kick off to a Software Defined IT environment and your services broker model. If you take a Ford F-250 an inch off the ground, there’s a good chance you could move it, if any part of it is touching the ground, there’s an equal chance you won’t be able to. You have to get your apps, data, platform, VMs, all off the ground. You have to virtualize. Here’s a story from Columbia Sportswear about their Virtualization of SAP a few years back and the pay-offs it provided.
2) COLLABORATE – Don’t go at it alone and don’t get your knowledge from one book. There are many in similar kayaks in the river with you. Chat it up with your social network. (Get a social network…) Running the rapids is more fun if you know where the rocks are.
At EMC we saw the need to bring our customers, partners, SAP and our experts together to evolve the dialog one whiteboard at a time. For years we have been holding “SAP Weeks” across the globe. They are so popular, we often meet fire code limits in our facilities. Here’s a link to @EMCSAP Travel guide if you’d like to engage with in an upcoming event.
3) TRUST EXPERTS – At this time of great change do some due diligence on who’s “Talking” about change and who’s actually “Walking” through change. Find those who are the next great leaders based on where they spend their money and where they leave their sweat. EMC as a major IT company deserves a modicum of respect and interest for their place in this change. However, not everyone knows that 3 years ago this company of 50,000 or so people completely pulled out of Oracle eBiz and replaced their global business app with SAP. Impressed? What if I said they did that and implemented ITaaS at the same time? Really Impressed? Ok, well what if I said they also Virtualized the entire footprint while they rolled it out and implemented a broker model for application connectivity? Super impressive I believe. The IT org has been on a wild ride of advancement and optimization ever since.
They recently have been one of the first companies making major investments in “Virtualized HANA” aka running SAP HANA on VMware. They will be presenting much of this at next week’s EMC World (Las Vegas May 5-8). If you can’t make it here’s some information about their efforts (Blog & Whitepaper below)
4) COME TO EMC WORLD – Next week at the Venetian in Las Vegas is going to be a blow out show. Cloud and Big Data will be center stage all week and SAP will be an important point of conversation. SAP is a Platinum Sponsor this year at EMC World. There will be Global SI and SP partners, customers from all over the world. Keep your ears out for announcements, as there may just be something that peaks your interest.
Here are just a few of the things Attendees will see:
- Keep your ear tuned to Joe Tucci’s, Chairman keynote.
- Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware’s Keynote will talk about their solutions related to SAP.
- Follow the action on #EMCWorld and @EMCSAP
- Whiteboards and technical presentations at the SAP kiosk in the EMC Solutions Pavilion
- SAP LVM in the Hands on Lab
- Meet the SAP Mentors & EMC Elect at EMC World
- Live demos in the “Build-A-Cloud LIVE!” area in the Solutions Pavilion that includes automated SAP Provisioning
- Get Social around SAP Topics Tuesday 4:30 PST https://www.crowdchat.net/emcworld
SAP related Breakout sessions:
- REDEFINE IT for SAP Cloud and Big Data
- Virtualized HANA demo in the SAP kiosk in the Solution Pavilio
- EMC and virtualized HANA presentation @Mini Theatre at Vmware booth on Tuesday
- VMAX & SAP HANA: Tailored Datacenter Integration with the VMAX Family
- EMC IT Business Transformation: Running SAP & SAP HANA on vSphere
- VPLEX: Continuous Availability for All Business Critical Applications like SAP
- Application & Database Migrations with Zero Downtime Using EMC VNXTransforming Your SAP Landscape Using VNX & Isilon
Let’s continue the conversation!
@Asitison – Send me a Tweet for a meet up at EMC World, Sapphire, or just to continue the dialog over social.