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March 2018, Vol. 17, No. 1

Embrace IT digital transformation and the new tech landscape

There's a lot of talk about IT digital transformation. This is certainly the case when it comes to technologies such as cloud, hyper-converged infrastructure, converged infrastructure and software-defined data center architectures. Even the shift from disk to all-flash storage is having a profound impact. True, IT has always been transforming, with a stream of new technologies, each superior to the last. So why does it seem so different this time? The answer: Business is becoming defined by the digital economy. IT and revenue are more tightly linked than ever. And IT is increasingly becoming the business. In most cases, you can use one of the following three phases to define the relationship between a business and its data: Data is necessary for business. As the business grows, you need more data and more IT to support that data. Databases get larger and demand more resources. Email and file directories scale as the business adds employees. This is the way IT has been for decades. Data optimizes the business. Here we introduce ...

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