On the 25th of October, Former IBM CIO and current Pillir Advisory Board member, Jeff Smith, shared his insights with TechFunnel about various subjects, such as large-scale cloud adoption, how technical debt affects IT departments, and more about his current role on the advisory board.
Jeff Smith has some impressive positions under his belt. He is the former chief information officer at IBM, was an advisor at Box and Zoom, and was the COO of World Fuel Services. He has a considerable amount of first-hand experience in digital transformation. He holds a C-level position in the oil and gas industry and provides a perspective on the inherent challenges facing large industrial companies.
TechFunnel began the interview by asking the following question: “Can you talk about the role digital transformation is playing in organizations?” to which Jeff responded: “Digital transformation is becoming a cornerstone of most companies’ strategies. Ultimately, enterprises need to increase customer value propositions by finding ways to digitally incorporate data, process that data with minimal friction, and improve the customer experience. That requires the migration of business processes to more modernized, cloud-based processes.”
When questioned about his experience in leading large-scale cloud adoption and updating cloud-based infrastructure, Jeff had the following to say:
“Migrating to the cloud has a multitude of benefits that people tend to undervalue at first. In my own experience, I put an aggressive cloud migration into action to move all applications and infrastructure (including networks and telephones) to the cloud in two years. We have since closed 20 of 22 physical data centers.
This provides an environment where the design, development, and deployment of new cloud-native business applications can take place in a fraction of the time, as well as providing benefits like better performance, resilience, and security for both legacy and new applications. Overall, this migration to the cloud creates agility and adaptability that many companies don’t have, allowing them to compete with fewer disruptions.”
When asked about his role at Pillir and what makes that position stand out from the competition he mentioned: “Pillir has tackled a very complex problem and created a platform that makes it much easier to modernize legacy applications and move to the cloud in a greatly reduced timeframe. The ability to translate a large share of legacy code to a low-code cloud environment, combined with the inclusion of ready-made integrations into SAP, means that teams can come up-to-speed and rapidly migrate custom SAP code into modern cloud services.”
Readers are invited to take a look at all of the questions over at TechFunnel’s website:https://www.techfunnel.com/information-technology/jeff-smith-talks-large-scale-cloud-adoption-and-technical-debt/
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