A world renowned speaker was in Tampa! On the stately campus of the University of Tampa, Peter Bendor-Samuel, Founder and CEO of the Everest Group, joined the members of the Tampa Bay Technology Leaders Association (TBTLA*) to discuss the next disrupters for today’s CIO. This presentation was sponsored by GAVS Technology.
The event was well attended, blending CIO, CTOs, COOs, CXOs and a mix of other interested technologists, eager to hear about what is next on the horizon of challenges facing the technology industry. Peter’s insight and relevant case studies challenged the current beliefs of many CIOs. One challenge was the way in which we all look at our infrastructure. Though we are all getting used to hearing that IT is just a commodity, Peter described that infrastructure can be broken down into three categories: legacy, private cloud, and public cloud. And those that have not embraced the two newer cloud entries, are likely investing in an architecture who’s utilization is draining away in favor of private and public cloud solutions.
What comes after agile development? It’s Dev Ops, the practice of combining methodology plus technology. Peter considers Dev Ops the completion of agile. Reviewing some interesting case studies on Dev Ops, the results and ROI were outstanding.
Tales of watermelons, honeydew melons, and Ferrari’s all converged, alerting us that we are shifting from IT being a cost paradigm to a speed paradigm. How you help the business gain that speed and efficiency when it all derives from technology, is the new value proposition for the CIO. Five years ago, CIOs lost their jobs due to failed ERP implementations. Today it is for not moving at the speed of business.
Peter advised the leaders in the room to view the traditional IT staffing models as ‘The Stack’ and the stack is our enemy. Traditional horizontal stacks are not designed for business value or speed. You need to take vertical slices, or vertically oriented delivery, to realize a performance breakthrough. Sounds easy?
Founder & CEO of Everest Group
Peter founded Everest Group in 1991 with the vision to assist the then nascent outsourcing and global services industry to evolve more powerful and effective mechanisms to create and capture value. Peter has been recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year, PWC’s Outsourcing Leadership award, and by invitation from the Country of Japan, served as the honorary advisor to the outsourcing council of that Asian nation. Peter has published the best-selling book, “Turning Lead Into Gold: the Demystification of Outsourcing” and is a regularly featured thought leader in the media including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times.