Anton Granic, Vice President of Americas West and Canada at Nutanix, discussed IT and its role in business enablement during his presentation to Argyle's CIO membership at the 2017 Chief Information Officer Leadership Form in Toronto on September 27. In his presentation, "Elevating IT: Flipping IT from Cost Center to Business Enabler, and Leveraging a Multi-Cloud Strategy," Granic examined how CIOs can use a multi-cloud strategy to transform the role of IT within their respective organizations.
According to Granic, CIOs are tasked with driving digital transformation. At the same time, few CIOs possess the necessary tools and technologies to help their respective businesses achieve various goals.
Today's CIOs can leverage a wide range of tools and technologies designed to foster innovation. Yet many tools and technologies fail to help CIOs resolve day-to-day business problems.
"The best way to add value is to attach yourself to something that solves a problem," Granic stated. "The consistent problem is finding ways to do more with less … If you're not constantly innovating and disrupting, you're constantly falling behind."
A major shift is taking place among CIOs across the globe. No longer can CIOs use the same tools and technologies to solve rapidly evolving business issues. Instead, CIOs must innovate and transform their respective companies, or may put their businesses at risk of falling behind the competition.
"You can't continue to do things that way you used to do them," Granic said. "The problems of yesterday cannot be solved the same way today."
CIOs must be able to innovate faster than ever before. Otherwise, CIOs may cause their respective companies to linger behind rivals without a clear path to recovery.
"The best way to add value is to attach yourself to something that solves a problem."
Perhaps even worse, CIOs who cannot innovate may struggle to identify ways to improve the end user experience – something that could have far-flung effects on a company's brand reputation, customer experience levels and revenues.
"If you guys can't compete and bring your ideas to market quicker … then you're falling behind. And when that happens, the user experience starts to suffer," Granic indicated.
Digital tools and technologies are making it easier than ever before for CIOs to embrace a culture of innovation and transformation. They also empower end users to get the support they need to solve problems.
"The era of digitalization is all about driving innovation at a faster pace," Granic noted. "We want to give our end users – whether they're internal or external – that experience that they're craving or that ability to leverage the tools that they offer to be productive."
CIOs must maintain a flexible approach to their day-to-day operations. That way, CIOs can identify innovation opportunities and capitalize on them consistently.
"You need to roll out infrastructure to accommodate the changing tides of what's happening in the industry," Granic stated.
In addition, CIOs must do whatever they can to eliminate departmental silos within their respective businesses.
"The era of digitalization is all about driving innovation at a faster pace."
Departmental silos make it tough for organizations to foster collaboration. Conversely, if CIOs remove these silos, they can increase the likelihood that multiple departments can work together to help a company constantly innovate and improve.
"We're in a world where all of these silos that we have created have stifled our ability to not only keep up with user demands but also what your competition is doing," Granic said.
Although many companies are debating whether to embrace cloud technologies or stay with on-premises solutions, businesses often benefit from a hybrid approach.
A combination of cloud and on-premises capabilities enables CIOs to maintain unprecedented flexibility. Also, this combination allows CIOs to explore a vast array of innovations and help ensure that customers receive outstanding support at all times.
"We have to start changing the way that we do things," Granic indicated. "In today's world, this all-in cloud or all-in on-premises debate that is happening is actually not relevant."
Hybrid cloud may prove to be the wave of the future, Granic stated. It can be used to support a variety of companies across myriad business segments, which makes hybrid cloud exceedingly valuable to CIOs around the world.
"It's going to be a world of hybrid cloud for the foreseeable future," Granic pointed out. "Depending on your specific workload, your application and your customer requirements, that is going to dictate how you roll out innovation and at what pace you roll out innovation."
If CIOs leverage hybrid cloud, they may be better equipped than ever before to speed up innovation and transformation. Therefore, hybrid cloud may prove to be a difference-maker for CIOs, one that reshapes the way that CIOs contribute to their respective companies.
Over the last 16 years, Anton has effectively positioned and deployed industry leading IT solutions across all major verticals throughout Canada and the US. Leveraging his experience and business acumen, he has helped organizations significantly increase their Security and Data Center efficiencies, while at the same time dramatically reduce their TCO.
Seen by many as a thought leader and change agent, his strong background in Next Generation Platforms and Software Defined Data Centre solutions, and unique ability to identify and understand the technical and business needs of his clients, Anton has helped Enterprises introduce innovation to the business that not only solves technical challenges, but meets and exceeds business requirements as well.