Increased Virtualization of Networks and Servers, the Growing Need to address Complexities

Christopher Rence, SVP & CIO, Digital River
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Christopher Rence, SVP & CIO, Digital River

The convergence of virtualized environments and the applications and tools that go along with them have been of great importance over the last few years. There are a number of benefits in extending the capabilities of virtualized environments and so there is a need to build applications to help drive those benefits. Virtualization of networks and servers helps reduce the complexities of managing the two by breaking into channels and also eliminates the intricacies involved for any server user in managing the complex details of server resources leading to maximized sharing and utilization and thus capacitate further expansion. All of this leads to being cloud agnostic, and as companies move away from infrastructure ownership to the cloud, the applications and tools have to be able to play in cloud agnostic environments. Applications hence should be built with a view of exploiting the technology instead of sticking on with the traditional methods of retrofitting the legacy products.

With the rising need for applications, there also arises the demand and responsibility of managing those applications whether it is a cloud or browser based. In order to fill this gap, there is a need to induce a higher level of convergence in technology by implementing a centralized integration solution with monitoring capabilities.

Building Best Practices
The role of CIO changes as the world changes. CIOs need to be extremely adaptive and build that “always on” mindset, ingrain it within the team and always be thinking about how you can adapt and improve systems to meet “always on” expectations. Balancing the employee skill development required to support dual environments, attracting and retaining employees with the contemporary skill sets, creating new training models, compensation models and innovative roadmaps; these are some of the key challenges involved in the role of a CIO.

Anticipating the future
CIOs shoulder an intensive role. To anticipate future challenges, and stimulate teams to adapt and prepare for the future, these granular level initiatives and approaches establishes the base to drive innovation. It’s about more than just moving to a cloud, bridging to a cloud, or leveraging the newest technologies or tools of the month. A consumer’s perspective of using today’s technology will undoubtedly drive how it will be adapted and used at the enterprise level tomorrow. (As told to Derek James)