4 Insights from Josh Bland's interview w/ Adam Levithan
A few weeks ago, Adam Levithan was a guest on Josh Bland’s Expert Interview Series. The series, hosted by TechnologyAdvice in conjunction with SPTechCon events, explores a variety of business and technology landscapes through conversations with industry leaders.
Below are 4 insights Adam discussed about planning for a systems migration, the changing role of IT, companies living in multiple clouds, SPTechCon 2016, and more.
1. Businesses live in multiple clouds now.
I frequently use marketing departments as an example, because their work constantly requires external collaboration, and they're not afraid to try new technologies compared to some of their peers. These departments have invested in cloud products such as Box or Dropbox, before IT selected OneDrive for Business or Google as the organizational standard. Marketers don’t want to let go of these cloud systems. But in all honesty, there's not a reason an IT organization should get in their way, as long as they have the tools to manage and understand who's using what and what content is where.
2. Heterogeneous cloud consumption is becoming the new norm.
People are still on-premises with some of their collaboration tools. The return on investment of reprogramming that specific tool — maybe it's a document repository or record system — into a cloud provider would be too much, so they keep that workload on premises. Then they distribute extranets, enterprise files, and sync-and-share to different cloud products. This is a reality of how organizations currently function and how IT organizations will see the world and manage moving forward.
3. According to an article by the CIO of VMware, a third of IT organizations won’t have the skills necessary to move forward into a service-focused model.
There’s a huge change in how IT teams will focus. There's going to be an expert in managing clouds or cloud services. But you won't necessarily need to know everything about SharePoint, someone else will do that. You don't need to know everything about Dropbox — the whole point is that it just works, right?
A more central IT will manage multiple cloud services at the same time and make decisions about them. That's how we see the IT role changing. The great technical people will continue to use their skills, but they're going to use them in companies like Metalogix and service providers.
Then, the corporate IT will start focusing on the perimeter security and not the security of the actual server. They'll start being able to focus on the success of a specific application, and the knobs and buttons in it, instead of all of the infrastructure to support it.
4. It’s still important to support on-premises.
SPTechCon Boston 2015 had a lot of content around on-premises, and I was surprised how many people are still on SharePoint 2007. Now is probably one of the first times that a lot of people are talking more about the cloud as actually practical and valuable, instead of just a question of, 'Should we go?' or 'How do we plan for it?' People are now in the transition.
Adam is a Group Program Manager of Secure Collaboration at Exostar and a Microsoft MVP advocating for collaboration by connecting business needs with the right technology. Prior to Exostar, Adam was a Product Manager for Migration at a market leading ISV and a Practice Lead for Office 365 in a cutting-edge Microsoft Consulting firm. Over the last decade Adam has been responsible for moving customers to the cloud, designing and implementing information architecture (SharePoint Farm and content) and increasing user adoption. Adam is an ongoing member of the SharePoint Saturday DC coordinating committee and active speaker at many national events.