The Role of the CIO In The Digital Era

It’s no secret today’s digital era has caused customer demands and expectations to rise at alarming rates. New applications and software services are popping up faster than ever before. You may have heard Apple’s trademark, “there’s an app for that!” creating humor around the fact that nearly every day-to-day task has an application associated with it these days. To address these elevated expectations, businesses must be nimble and extremely responsive to remain competitive or risk being left behind.

So how do companies plan to cope with these new challenges? All heads are turning and eyes are staring right at the CIO (when we’re not looking at our phones, of course). At the end of the day, it’s up to you to define the strategy for delivering agile IT services at better cost structures. If you’re a CIO, you are no longer solely responsiblcioe for ensuring IT projects are running smoothly, you’re driving them.

If you weren’t already feeling the heat, let me turn it up for you. These new expectations don’t mean you can lose your footing where you are currently standing strong. The infrastructure still needs to be maintained, staff needs to be managed, costs need to be restricted and data must be secured. IT must fundamentally change how they deliver value to the business with demands dictating the delivery of traditional enterprise applications with greater speed and agility, while reducing costs and minimizing risks. As a CIO, you may be feeling like you’re spread pretty thin right about now.

Luckily, there’s a solution that doesn’t involve cloning yourself, we promise. Reason being – we spent thousands of engineering hours designing, integrating and testing best-in class technologies to build the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud which can be deployed in a mere 28 days. With modular add-on options for data protection, applications, encryption and more you can really make it your own to truly deliver IT-as-a-Service.

The fully engineered solution was created to keep all departments happy without breaking the bank. Here’s how it works…


IT consumers are provided with automated, on-demand access to IT resources through a self-service catalog, eliminating wasted time waiting on IT to service their requests. Always on Infrastructure-as-a-Service ensures cloud resources will always be available and service levels can be modified as workloads change. IT maintains the control and visibility by setting the policies through which the self service catalog operates. What used to take months to provision, now takes minutes. The time and cost savings that was previously spent on tedious, time consuming tasks can now be invested in innovation.

Now that the IT staff is optimizing their time, wouldn’t you like some peace of mind that data is secured? IT consumers can secure each VM workload with a unique encryption key, helping guard against data theft. Secure isolation protects against unauthorized access across development, test and production workloads while network micro-segmentation delivers granular firewall protection between application layers. Again, all through the self-service portal – redefining the “security check box”.

One would assume that a solution with so many capabilities would be costly, but with automation, financial transparency and show back features you’ll actually realize a lower TCO. Exact costs are traced back to those using them, making budgeting and communicating the value IT brings to the business a seamless process.



The only certain thing about the future is change: new and ever-demanding business needs, evolving and changing application requirements, and the need to balance new investments while lowering costs and minimizing risks. A hybrid cloud helps organizations innovate rapidly while still delivering enterprise-grade performance, resiliency and security. However, implementing a hybrid cloud with the scale, data protection, security and control the business needs wasn’t always easy – until now. Each day that passes is a day that your competition is pedaling forwards. If your Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud is only 28 days away, what are you waiting for?


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About the Author: Berna Devrim