It’s time for IT to let software do more of the work

Every CIO is struggling with the phase change driven by complex, software solutions in the cloud. This new world of 'Big Software' demands a radical new approach.

Anand Krishnan, executive vice president, Cloud Division, Canonical

Today’s C-suite is turning to cloudbased technologies to help improve business efficiencies while reducing CAPEX. Executives are immersed in terms like software as a service, open source, big data, cloud, scale out, containers, microservices, etc. While these terms and technologies represent a new world of opportunity, they also bring complexity that most IT departments are ill-equipped to pursue. Moreover, many IT departments are undertaking these challenges with the approaches, processes and tools that were developed over a decade ago.

Companies like Netflix, Uber and Paypal have leveraged cloud based solutions to disrupt traditional business models, while forward thinking enterprises such as Walmart, Sky, Bloomberg, Deutsche Telekom and others are also driving hard towards cloud based solutions to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Organisations are demanding a new generation of software that operates at greater scale, with a higher level of dependency on integration and automation, while having the ability to deploy new services anywhere in an instant. We call this the world of ‘Big Software’.

To compete, IT professionals must turn their ‘traditional thinking’ away from the tools and processes of the past to model driven operations systems. These solutions allow cloud-based software to automate many of the mundane tasks associated with IT services. However, with innovation comes complexity. CIOs are looking to the cloud to quickly deploy new services, but integrating applications and services can create a complex web of code and dependencies. Model driven operations allow the focus to be on the service being delivered, not the infrastructure, allowing software to decide what happens on a particular machine or application.

Canonical is a born in the cloud company delivering a platform of solutions for the world of cloud and big software. Ubuntu, the operating system delivered by Canonical, powers more than 70 per cent of cloud usage and cloud based applications. Canonical also delivers Juju, an open-source tool for application and service modelling. By encapsulating knowledge about configuration management and integration with other software, Juju is transforming how organisations model, build, deploy and manage applications and workloads at scale and in the cloud.

Each decade brings a step change in function, scale and complexity. People must allow software to do more of the work. It is Canonical’s mission to equip CIOs with the tools they need to truly master the world of big software and to release the business opportunities that this phase change represents.

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