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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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3/21/2013 | 2:18:19 PM
re: Accenture's 7 Tech Trends Driving Digital Business
Regarding SDN: When I talk to CIOs, they tend to frame the conversation in terms of the problem they are trying to solve with cloud (i.e. do x process faster for the business) or the perceived problem (often, security.) Not the SDN that will get them there. Many are still struggling with how to do hybrid cloud right.

As for #4 here, seamless collaboration, I wonder how Accenture would grade the experience of Chubb, which is rolling Jive out widely after initial success. See http://www.informationweek.com....

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ChrisMurphy
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3/22/2013 | 4:28:06 PM
re: Accenture's 7 Tech Trends Driving Digital Business
I asked Daugherty about that directly -- what does IT tell business unit leaders they'll get from SDN, how do you tie it to a business problem? He cited speed and agility in delivering IT resources for new projects, plus better flexibility and utilization to meet spiky demand for computing power.
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cbabcock,
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3/22/2013 | 1:02:50 AM
re: Accenture's 7 Tech Trends Driving Digital Business
Daughterty is right in calling SDN "the last mile" of virtualization. It may also be the last brick in the road to the software-defined data center. It's hard to see the hybrid cloud in operation without a shared SDN-management component. Your workload will need the same network characteristics when it moves into the cloud as what it enjoyed on premises. No question, we're not there yet but several parties pushing in this direction. Charlie Babcock, editor at large, IW


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