Digital disruption - A contemplation to hybrid IT

The cascading of transformation is an intricate strategic switchover from the legacy systems to a cloud harnessed computing, keeping the line functions seamlessly running without any interruption

Digital disruption - A contemplation to hybrid IT - ITNEXT

We all understood now that ‘change is the only constant’. Digital Disruption (transformation) colloquially termed as ‘DX’ing is a new dimension to this change. ‘DX’ing is focussed to create an edge and a value addition to the bouquet of upcoming trends in business models and bridging the customers to etch out a business edge and gain DX competitiveness in the corporate realm.

There has been a significant change in the middle tier of the businesses like entertainment, pharmaceuticals and service industries. The influx of ‘DX’ing is relatively slower in making its inroad into core manufacturing companies, the change ripples are felt and the industry is aligning themselves in anticipation to this change. Government services like metrological department, agricultural research, railways are churning out petabytes of data have a tremendous potential to harness the strength of preferential cloud architecture in a mixed mode – the hybrid cloud.

The show of Gen-X trend is to remain in tandem with real time data to make timely and prudent decisions. Smart cars, smart homes and every smart device require seamless uninterrupted data from multiple interfaces to meet the challenge of the day. This high band of data harness will augment prudence into decision making and appropriate delivery of service.

The cascading of transformation is an intricate strategic switchover from the legacy systems to a cloud harnessed computing, keeping the line functions seamlessly running without any interruption. At this stage of transformation calls in for close working with the line managers to make up the melt-and-mould of the ‘DX’ing to shape up. In this transition the prima facie role of IT team is to keep the legacy systems intact and manage the change to avoid direct revenue loss due to any form of business continuity disruption.

The next point to focus upon is the policy of scalability and the extent of scalability to the cloud on successful porting of the legacy systems with cost optimization in pay-for-use and the agility to a geared up efficiency. Doubtful reciprocation will have a regressive effect on the cost-benefit analysis in a typical scenario of invocating a hybrid multitier IT architecture. A major hurdle faced here is to synchronize the dual or multiple cloud landscape to a common production perspective. The deployment strategy should have to harness the change management skills of the steering committee and the development team integrating with the power users, delicate hand holding and purposeful user training and rigorous adherence to quality standards is the mantra of the success.

Next is the managing of cascading effect on the in-house developing team to adjust to the newly distributed development platform. There will be switching of API’s, Databases, establishing cross verification of data over multiple clouds which often lead to an intricate situation of managing the development and delivery of the service in schedule. This interfacing however can be reduced by customized one time coding and search for available codecs to minimize the time, effort and cost.

As we near to the close of ‘DX’ing technology, the security on cloud has always been a grey area of concern to the organizations exposing to vital business data over the hybrid IT architecture and a backward integration with on premise legacy data. This integration itself becomes an intricate challenge. Resolution of these challenges will take us towards the era of digital transformation. An era with new paradigm of advantages is maturing with time.

The author is Senior Manager - IT, Balmer Lawrie & Co


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