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How the Role of CIO Will Change Forever as Custom Software Comes Back Home

By | November 18, 2016

As custom software development shifts from outsourcing to insourcing, switching to internal cloud utilities will help CIOs focus on innovation instead of infrastructure.

Businesses everywhere are at war with legions of nimble software startups who are unbundling their product portfolios.  Enterprises have responded by hiring millions of consultants to create custom software on a scale that is unprecedented. According to Forrester Research, spending on custom software increased from $43B in 2011, to more than $136B in 2016. Today business leaders have been willing to pay a big premium to accelerate software innovation. Yet that is likely to change soon as business leaders seek to lower costs.  

Today software development efforts are spread widely across business units and external consultants, leading to much duplication of code and wasted effort.  Bringing software development back in house will help to make software development a core competency.  Unlike software mercenaries with arms-length customer requirements, dedicated resources who understand customer needs create more valuable user experiences. Just like IT before, centralizing software development will improve efficiency through best practices, leveraging common tools and common code. 

Now and in the future, CIOs need to spend a lot less time worrying about infrastructure, and a lot more time worrying about how to make software development successful. In this environment, it is no wonder that public cloud has been a hugely successful model. Public cloud freed technology executives from the burden of complex infrastructure that seldom meets the needs of today’s software development teams – that is, at least for those who could use public clouds. 

For many businesses, public clouds pose serious security, compliance, and competitive risks.  As data continues to grow, businesses risk becoming stuck with their service provider — or worse.  

Stuck in a hard place, many turned in desperation to private cloud.  Many IT leaders have spent millions on private cloud projects, only to find themselves mired in even more complexity, still lacking the agility of public cloud.   Legacy vendors were all too happy to add another software ingredient into the mix – just buy the magic beans, climb the beanstalk, and you’ll get to the cloud they promised.  

Yet building and running infrastructure is still too hard. There is still too much complexity. Its too hard to hire the right people, and it takes too long to build the automation. At the journey’s end everything just ends up being brittle as hell. As long as IT is responsible for delivering cloud themselves, CIOs will never be free to focus on innovation.

Until now.  

At HyperGrid, we believe that cloud is a model, not a place. We deliver a fully functional scale-out private cloud to your datacenter as a service called HyperCloud.  Buy no hardware, install no software.  Pay only for what you use and never more.  Just like a public cloud, but inside your own datacenter where it belongs. You give us space, power, and bandwidth — we’ll do the rest. Get the cloud delivered to you, and never manage complex infrastructure again. Free your resources to focus on improvement instead of outages.  

With HyperCloud, you’re already future proofed. Our scale-out private cloud delivers a containerized platform-as-a-service using the latest servers from HPE and Dell.  At the end of your contract your infrastructure will be refreshed.  We believe batteries should be included. HyperCloud comes complete with a self-service portal for software developers where they can automate microservices deployments using Docker. IT operations keeps full visibility and control, but we’re always there to help.  

Consume IT, Don’t Built IT.

James Thomason
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James Thomason

CTO at HyperGrid
James Thomason is CTO of HyperGrid.He writes frequently on cloud computing, IT infrastructure, DevOps, and software. He joins HyperGrid from Dell, where as CTO he led the vision, technology strategy, and product roadmap for Dell Cloud Marketplace, an online platform that makes it easy for businesses to compare, consume, and control cloud services. Mr. Thomason joined Dell through the acquisition of Gale Technologies in 2012, where as CTO he headed the product roadmap, architecture, and engineering of the company’s flagship cloud and converged infrastructure automation software, GaleForce. Prior to joining Gale Technologies, Mr. Thomason was the CTO and Founder of Virtiv, a San Francisco cloud automation startup focused on Linux virtualization, acquired by Gale Technologies in 2011. For over 17 years, as a specialist in distributed systems and large-scale infrastructures, Mr. Thomason has been an entrepreneur and innovator at a number of notable Silicon Valley start-ups, including Exodus Communications, Digital Island, Netli, NetVMG, Netscaler, 3Leaf Systems, and Ning.
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