Accelerating Application and Service Delivery
Ryan Boyles 100000UX41 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  standards delivery hybrid-cloud soa private-cloud amywohl services cloud adoption
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The delivery of IT services is changing. IT applications are no longer built individually, but rather made up of a set of composite services arranged and rearranged to provide specific solutions. This allows IT to react more quickly to changes in the business and create and deliver successful new solutions faster.
But it makes for substantial changes:• New styles in application design and development, knitting together existing groups of pre-tested services plus perhaps some additional code, rather than writing from scratch
• Keeping track of services from many sources:
• The organization’s own IP
• IP purchased, perhaps with perpetual use licenses, from other sources
• IP provided by partners
• New styles of deployment:
• Eventually, a decision to deploy the templates for solutions and provide only the services not previously downloaded (still rare today)
• The need to deploy to many participants on many platforms – especially laptops, smartphones, and tablets
• Migration to the cloud:
• A new underlying hardware infrastructure, much more flexible, leads to the need for a different style of design
• Many styles of using all the resources: legacy applications, rewritten legacy applications, cloud applications, cloud services – and how they are combined (which will change as interoperability standards change)
All of this means that IT may need different skill sets now and tomorrow than they have built up in the past. For example, IT will need much more SOA expertise to work with legacy applications in a cloud environment and build new services and applications. IT will also need much more expertise in working with the cloud, deploying clouds, deploying services and solutions on clouds, and managing all of this in an evolving cloud environment.
It’s hard to see that you will need something different when you’re sitting in a current environment trying to make things work. Without some attention to the difference between cloud environments and current on-site environments, changes will occur in a less than optimal way.
Two things are happening that will help:
• Standards organizations are working on making interoperability between clouds easier and more certain. We all need that.
• IBM had recently announced a new Hybrid Cloud computing solution that permits private clouds to expand, when needed, into public clouds, taking advantage of their additional capacity and elasticity to keep performance levels up. This will make the job of working in multiple cloud environments more secure, more automated, and much easier.
Customers are already creating advanced solutions to IT problems with cloud technology, so it’s very clear the cloud is already working. Watch YouTube videos about IBM customer experiences and leave comments about the stories that resonate with you.