Stephen Dewitt is Senior Vice
President & General Manager of the Enterprise Group at Hewlett-Packard.
DeWitt was also previously CEO and President of Azul Systems and President and
CEO of Cobalt Systems. Check out his thoughts on the coming wave of cloud-based
apps and the implications for IT operations.
Q: How important will apps be in
going to live in a world defined by applications. There will be 6 billion
people online who use 30 billion devices on a 1.3-trillion sensor network.
Every automobile, trellis, winery and corn row will have sensors. With these
devices and sensors, we will conduct half a trillion e-commerce transactions
every day. Enterprises have to deliver an application portfolio for that world,
and their apps cannot be tied to devices. They have to become cloud-based and
able to be pushed to anything with glass. This reality is going to define every
aspect of IT and the human ability to tap into data. By 2020, we will talk
about our own "state” rather than our own devices.
Q: What does this mean for IT
the old world, you buy more infrastructure than you need to. In the new world, a
requirement comes in, IT drives it and the infrastructure just dances. Let me
app-centric world of 2020, businesses will have sets of characteristics and
requirements, such as global, uptime, performance, cost structure, update frequency.
IT will bring in that information and go through dev/test cycles. This step
will take place outside the company’s core infrastructure on external compute
cycles. IT will scale it, secure it, and ensure it meets compliance
requirements. Then the resulting application goes to the production team. IT
Ops takes it in, applies characteristics, and then the infrastructure will
Q: How will enterprises capture
all the info that is in those pipes?
has to become an inline function. I’ll share an example:
years ago a soft drink brand approached HP to automate the routes its delivery
trucks drive in Mexico. The company delivers to 2 million points of presence
every two weeks, dropping off palettes at supermarkets, gas stations and other
retail venues. Now, the company wants to go a step further to shape its traffic,
build a community, create apps and leverage analytics. Management wants to build
relationships with customers. They can only do that by bringing data back to
the mothership, computating what’s going on and changing course to drive conversations.
You don’t solve that with 50 new servers. The entire world in 2020 is about
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for more from Stephen DeWitt when we publish Chapter 4: IT
in November 2012.