#DefragCon 2013 Notes: The Sands of Time: How Cloud is Changing the Role of the CIO — Rod Smith, IBM

The Sands of Time: How Cloud is Changing the Role of the CIO – Rod Smith, IBM

  • LoBs want apps “built and deployed in less than 6 days”
  • Looking for business value first, IT integration second
  • This means working closer with CMOs, CHROs, etc
  • IT using open source, “born on the web” technologies to deliver quickly
  • This meets the LoB’s neds, but not IT’s architecture, integration, security, compliance, business controls
  • IT beginning to factor in cloud solutions to meet LoB opportunistic business needs
  • Enables ROI transparency
  • Using cloud resources enable rapid exploration before IT integration, allowing the conversation to happen earlier
  • They liked how Heroku’s business model brings the discussion to a business level dialog, rather than IT
  • They are using the open cloud architecture to select the vendors desired, as well as location, to build their fabric
    • CloudFoundry, OpenStack, etc.
  • API-centered view for building solutions
  • BlueMix PaaS demo – integrated DevOps with browser and Eclipse-based tools