Consumers are rapidly adopting mobile computing. This is forcing solution and service providers to turn to cloud, sophisticated analytics and emerging technologies to speed the development and delivery of new services. The resulting disruption of enterprise and IT operations makes staff utilization, efficiency and infrastructure optimization a major issue. The solution lies in increasing orchestration, integration and automation across the enterprise.
IT itself, infrastructure and operations are now primary influencers of the customer experience. This alters IT performance metrics forcing process changes in everything from development to delivery. Each process step must execute smoothly and quickly to meet enduser expectations. Infrastructure must be able to adapt and redirect quickly. It must scale up or down to match changing conditions. Workloads must be shifted, new systems spun up to meet unpredictable transaction volumes, service requests or unexpected shifts in computing demand.
As interest grows, tools and solutions for piecemeal automation proliferate. A number of ‘integrated’ solutions exist, that, in reality, integrate, only at the ‘pane of glass’ UI. There are also solutions composed as hastily assembled collections of tools lacking any coherent, supportive architecture.
The larger, experienced vendors, such as IBM (sponsor of this blog) are making access to their latest orchestration solutions easier and more attractive to a wide range of customers. New offerings are appearing all the time. Interested buyers should exercise due caution as they review their options and investigate this rapidly evolving pathway to that provides competitive advantage today, and necessary for survival tomorrow. You can follow our comments and observations on orchestration here.