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CIOs should avoid ‘big-bang approach’ for SDx in 2016: Akhilesh Tuteja, KPMG

Yogesh Gupta | June 29, 2016
Many vendors advise CIOs to go full throttle on SDx but it should be implemented in small steps, says Akhilesh Tuteja, Partner and Head, IT Advisory Services, KPMG in India.

What according to you are the fear factors for CIOs in India to traverse 'software defined' path?

Let us assume that the whole world moves to cloud and there is no need for an IT estate. This is when companies requiring SDx may take to being cloud providers, likely comprising a group of not more than half a dozen powerful providers. If a CIO buys technologies to become SDX- enabled, the cloud provider can approach him or her to deliver that service instead, which is a rising trend, currently. 

From an Indian perspective, fundamental requirements for these technologies are the need for scale, large size operations and a fair bit of standardization. While most vendors promise a standardization layer at the top, typically, Indian enterprises' stacks are fairly wide and quite heterogeneous.

Another roadblock could be the requisite skills to these technologies, because India is more of a plug-and-play market. We are not a very highly engineered system market, although that is changing now with several e-commerce companies. The evolution of e-commerce seems to be eroding the standardization of business applications' infrastructure.

What pitfalls should CIOs and IT managers avoid with respect to SDx, amidst overhype by technology OEMs?

I would advise them to be careful of promised-interoperability versus proprietary systems. These technologies are supposed to drive optimization, but they also come with the aspect of a lock-in. I have seen that many a times, enterprises are forced to buy integration blocks, connectors (and other similar things) to make a complex provisioning work.

Another pitfall they should avoid is the 'big-bang approach'. Although many vendors will advise to go full throttle, from the start, with SDx for more benefits, SDx needs to be implemented in small steps.

Lastly, companies need to invest in internal capability for these technologies. They may not have experienced resources, but they and their teams should not be novice to a technology like SDx.

Wherein the adoption curve lies for SDx in 2016 in terms of workloads or early adopter verticals?

E-commerce is a great vertical for SDx adoption; and from an industry perspective, the entire banking community. Majority of the core banking applications comprise big data and  mobility platforms. Many companies who are underinvested in technology could find more value proposition in SDx. It can be difficult to retro-fit, but it is relatively easier to build at the planning stage.

SDS being time tested, offers real benefits to companies, especially media companies as the storage needs are growing exponentially.

Source: Computerworld India 


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