5 IT strategies for increasing enterprise speed and agility

5 IT strategies for increasing enterprise speed and agility

In order to compete more effectively, businesses in every industry are transforming their IT strategy and resources to be as fast and agile as possible

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Athletes understand speed and agility training is vital for becoming the best they can be. It increases performance by strengthening muscles and improving coordination – giving them a competitive edge.

The same concept holds true for IT resources. In order to compete more effectively, businesses in every industry are transforming their IT strategy and resources to be as fast and agile as possible. Successful enterprises are achieving the best results possible in their digital transformation by following the five strategies explained below.

5 important strategies to ensure IT speed and agility

1. Discover hybrid cloud

To provide the most agility and cost savings possible, enterprises are choosing a hybrid cloud strategy — combining public cloud resources off premises with private cloud on or off premises. A hybrid cloud strategy enables a business to choose the deployment method that works best for every workload, delivering timely, cost-effective, and secure resources.

2. Embrace software-defined

Software-defined infrastructure consists of fully virtualized compute, networking, and storage resources managed as if they were software. This model saves time and makes deployment and maintenance simpler for IT because IT resources are fully integrated and automated. Since software-defined infrastructure is not tied to specific hardware and can operate with little human intervention, businesses can make necessary changes faster.

3. Choose composability

Composable infrastructure is also important for enterprises that want speed and agility because it allows data center resources to be readily available as cloud services. With composable infrastructure, compute, storage, and networking resources are abstracted from their physical locations and can be managed by software through a web-based interface. This capability makes data center resources as readily available as cloud services, which means composability is an ideal foundation for private and hybrid cloud solutions.

4. Take advantage of “pay-as-you-use” options

Enterprises across all verticals — from manufacturing to retail to healthcare — are leveraging IT pay-for-use options to gain flexibility, increase control, and lower their total cost of ownership. Today’s as-a-service offerings deliver on-demand capacity and planning, combining the agility and economics of public cloud with the security and performance of on-premises IT.

5. Insist on infrastructure management simplicity

Streamlining the IT infrastructure management for an enterprise offers tangible benefits from the very first day it is implemented. Infrastructure management software eliminates complex manual processes and increases the speed and flexibility of IT service delivery by transforming servers, storage, and networking into software-defined infrastructure.

Speed and agility for the enterprise

Improving speed and agility is not only for athletes. Businesses worldwide are thriving due to a transformed data center – one that prioritizes speed and agility to compete more effectively.

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HPE InfoSight for HPE SimpliVity Chalk Talk

HPE InfoSight for HPE SimpliVity Chalk Talk

HPE is delivering on our promise to bring InfoSight to our infrastructure portfolio. In this Chalk Talk, HPEStorageGuy Calvin Zito shares the news about InfoSight on HPE SimpliVity.

History of HPE SimpliVity

Prior to HPE’s acquisition, SimpliVity delivered hyperconverged infrastructure on a variety of industry-standard x86 platforms. These appliances were marketed as SimpliVity OmniCubes.

In 2017, Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquired SimpliVity and now offers HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure – complete software-defined solutions that are designed, built and supported by HPE.

Key HPE SimpliVity innovations

Legacy IT infrastructure, composed of silos of compute, storage, network and data protection platforms, is not well suited for today’s workloads and on-demand applications. Since 2015, hyperconverged solutions have simplified the data centre by combining compute and storage into one software-defined platform; however, true hyperconvergence needs to do more. With the growth of virtualisation and increasing business demands, IT infrastructure is now comprised of a mind-boggling mix of components and applications for backup and deduplication, WAN optimisation, storage caching and more. These environments can be composed of a dozen hardware and software products from nearly as many vendors, with different management interfaces and training requirements.

HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure combines the entire IT stack into a single hyperconverged node, providing the agility and economics of the cloud with enterprise-grade performance and data protection. The all-flash, scalable, pre-integrated building blocks support a variety of virtualised workloads and use cases, including data protection, data centre consolidation, Tier-1 applications, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and complete “data-centre-in-a-box” deployments at the edge.

HPE SimpliVity features and innovations include:

  • VM-centric management and mobility for guaranteed simplicity
  • Inline deduplication, compression and optimisation are applied to all data at inception, for increased efficiency and application performance.
  • Built-in data protection and resiliency features, including automation and orchestration tools to automate failover and failback for disaster recovery
  • The ability to cluster and federate systems into a shared resource pool that delivers high availability, mobility and efficient scaling of performance and capacity

To further boost performance and manageability, HPE SimpliVity solutions can be integrated with intelligent networking fabric, HPE Composable Fabric, which allocates bandwidth dynamically, based on application awareness and priority. HPE Composable Fabric technology automates network management operations with end-to-end visualisation of the network from a single user interface.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveils HPE Ezmeral, new software portfolio and brand to fuel data-driven transformation

Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveils HPE Ezmeral, new software portfolio and brand to fuel data-driven transformation

HPE Ezmeral software helps organizations speed innovation, modernize applications, unlock the value of data, and automate operations – from edge to cloud

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 23, 2020 – Hewlett Packard Enterprise today introduced HPE Ezmeral, a new brand and software portfolio designed to help enterprises accelerate digital transformation across their organization, from edge to cloud. HPE Ezmeral spans a complete portfolio – including container orchestration and management, AI/ML and data analytics, cost control, IT automation and AI-driven operations, and security – enabling organizations to increase agility and efficiency, unlock insights, and deliver business innovation.

The HPE Ezmeral portfolio plays an essential role in HPE’s edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service strategy. Today, HPE also introduced new HPE GreenLake cloud services, which provide an agile, lower cost, and consistent cloud experience everywhere. As part of this news, HPE announced that HPE Ezmeral Container Platform and HPE Ezmeral ML Ops will be made available as cloud services through HPE GreenLake to bring even greater speed and simplicity to containerized application development, and DevOps agility to the ML lifecycle.

HPE Ezmeral Container Platform software provides the flexibility to deploy and manage containerized applications at scale on any infrastructure – in enterprise data centers, colocation facilities, multiple public clouds, and at the edge. Customers can run cloud-native or non-cloud-native applications in containers without costly refactoring, manage multiple Kubernetes clusters with a unified control plane, and leverage a high-performance distributed file system for persistent data and stateful applications through HPE’s proven innovations such as HPE Ezmeral Data Fabric and the KubeDirector open source project. Now HPE Ezmeral Container Platform will also be delivered as a cloud service through HPE GreenLake.

HPE Ezmeral ML Ops 
software leverages containerization to streamline the entire machine learning model lifecycle across on-premises, public cloud, hybrid cloud, and edge environments. The solution introduces a DevOps-like process to standardize machine learning workflows and accelerate AI deployments from months to days. Customers benefit by operationalizing AI / ML data science projects faster, eliminating data silos, seamlessly scaling from pilot to production, and avoiding the costs and risks of moving data. HPE Ezmeral ML Ops will also now be available through HPE GreenLake.

“The HPE Ezmeral software portfolio fuels data-driven digital transformation in the enterprise by modernizing applications, unlocking insights, and automating operations,” said Kumar Sreekanti, CTO and Head of Software for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “Our software uniquely enables customers to eliminate lock-in and costly legacy licensing models, helping them to accelerate innovation and reduce costs, while ensuring enterprise-grade security. With over 8,300 software engineers in HPE continually innovating across our edge to cloud portfolio and signature customer wins in every vertical, HPE Ezmeral software and HPE GreenLake cloud services will disrupt the industry by delivering an open, flexible, cloud experience everywhere.”

“The effective use of data is a cornerstone for any government to unlock its full potential,” said Dr. Abdulla Al Kendi, Acting Executive Director of Technology and Policies, Abu Dhabi Digital Authority. “For this reason, Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) has formed a strong partnership with HPE on a number of digitization and advanced data initiatives. The recent COVID-19 crisis has ushered in a new chapter to our collaboration with HPE. Using HPE Ezmeral ML Ops, ADDA is deploying leading-edge data science and AI/ML instrumentation to develop intelligent policies aimed at recovery and containment, preparedness and disease management and economic growth and revitalization. We’re pleased with the performance of the HPE Ezmeral ML Ops software so far and are very supportive of the steps HPE is taking to deliver MLOps software through HPE GreenLake.”

“AI/ML is the catalyst to any innovative, scalable and resilient business in today’s world,” said Dr. Mats Nordlund, board member of AI.se, and director of Research and Innovation at Zenuity. “AI innovation of Sweden (AI.se) works with our 70+ partners with an aim to strengthen the competitiveness of Swedish industry and welfare. We are proud to partner with HPE in their development journey for the new GreenLake ML Ops cloud services.  As we strive to accelerate applied AI research though collaboration and cross industry sharing, we are excited to work with HPE in bringing innovation to the area of data factories and ML model development at-scale.  AI.se is excited to work with HPE experts to test, learn and innovate on their new HPE Ezmeral ML Ops offering. Together, we’ve identified ways to refine the functionality and compatibility of the offering, which we believe will serve AI.se and other HPE partners in bringing ML capabilities for business success.”

Commitment to Open Source
 – HPE is actively engaged in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and Kubernetes community, with open source projects such as KubeDirector, Secure Production Identity Framework for Everyone (SPIFFE) and SPIFFE Runtime Environment (SPIRE). These projects are a key component of the HPE Ezmeral strategy to deliver an open and flexible software portfolio that helps customers avoid vendor lock-in.

  • A key component of the HPE Ezmeral Container Platform is an HPE-contributed open source project, KubeDirector, which provides the ability to run non-cloud-native monolithic applications (i.e., complex, stateful, scale-out application clusters requiring persistent storage) on Kubernetes. 
  • HPE’s acquisition in February 2020 of Scytale for cloud-native security underscores its commitment to the open source ecosystem, with ongoing contributions to open source projects, including SPIFFE and SPIRE. 
  • On June 22, CNCF announced that SPIFFE and SPIRE have been promoted from sandbox to incubation-level hosted projects. This is an important development that signifies the continued evolution and market adoption of the projects. 
  • Since joining CNCF, the SPIFEE and SPIRE projects have grown in popularity and have been deployed by notable companies such as Bloomberg, Bytedance, Pinterest, Square, Uber, and Yahoo Japan. SPIRE has a thriving developer community, with an ongoing flow of commits and merged contributions from organizations such as Amazon, Bloomberg, Google, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Pinterest, Square, TransferWise, and Uber.

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The 3 P’s of burnout

The 3 P’s of burnout

How to use priorities, positive constraints, and psychology to do more while working less

 

Meet Bob.
Like you, Bob thinks his job is to juggle things.
He takes pride in being one of the best jugglers in the business: When someone asks him to throw an extra ball into his routine, he never says no.

If he doesn’t have time to get something done during the workday, Bob is always willing to do it at night, in between bites of dinner. His day often begins at 8am and doesn’t end until 10pm.
When he works late, he has the courtesy not to complain about it to his team (though he will occasionally hint at it).

Bob’s managers think he’s one of the best employees at the company. They celebrate his juggling skills, tout his willingness to take on new projects, and tell other employees they should follow his example.
What they don’t realize is that Bob is putting himself, his team, and even his entire company at risk.
Because Bob is on the brink of burnout.

Medical professionals define burnout as “a psychological state of physical and emotional exhaustion” thought to be induced by work-related stress.

There are many theories as to what prompts burnout, but some of the more common job-related causes include:
· A lack of social support at work (especially common among remote workers)
· Extremes of activity, or burning the candle at both ends
· Unclear or undefined job expectations
· Work-life imbalance

A Gallup survey found that 76% of employees have experienced some form of burnout. These employees are:
· 63% more likely to take a sick day than a non-affected worker
· 23% more likely to visit the emergency room
· 2.6x more likely to look for a new job

Bob has been teetering on the edge of burnout for a while. If he continues grinding himself down, he won’t just end up being nonproductive: He’ll become anti-productive, making mistakes that the rest of his team must spend time fixing.
To make matters worse, Bob is now juggling all of his tasks from home, where it’s harder for his colleagues to gauge his stress levels.

Luckily, Bob has a little furry friend named Hamster Jack, who just so happens to be a burnout expert.
After years spent spinning around in the wheel of burnout, Hamster Jack knows just what it’s going to take to prevent Bob from fizzling out.
And it all starts with defining what’s truly important.

Priority: When everything is important, nothing is
In Hamster Jack’s estimation, Bob’s first problem is that he thinks of his work in terms of priorities.
Bob juggles a lot of different tasks and considers them all to be critically important. But the very idea of multiple “priorit-ies” (in the plural sense) is relatively new.
A search through the world literature on Google N-Gram shows that the term “priorities” was practically nonexistent before the factory boom following World War II.
Before that, only the singular version of the word — priority — was widely used.

As Hamster Jack reminds Bob, the idea of multiple priorities is an illusion: Two things can be important, but they can’t both be the most important.

When people say they have multiple priorities, what they’re really saying is that they have a hard time prioritizing. They are unwilling to make difficult, potentially uncomfortable decisions about what should take precedence over everything else.

The first step to catching and reversing burnout before it does damage is learning to take time to figure out which proverbial balls are actually important — and which need to be dropped.

Hamster Jack implores Bob to look at the things he’s juggling each day, and ask himself the following questions:
1. Is this task still important, or has the situation changed? Often we commit to tasks or projects that are important at the time, but become less important as situations evolve.
2. Am I really the only person who can do this? Many top performers think that doing something on their own is easier than teaching someone else how to do it. Trust your colleagues, and give them the chance to surprise you.
3. Is this the most important thing right now? Or am I using it to avoid something else? Deep down, you know when you’re doing this.
4. If this was the only thing I completed today, would I be satisfied with my day’s work? Part of avoiding burnout is focusing on work that will give us a sense of accomplishment.
As Bob himself starts juggling fewer things, it clears space for him to focus.

Positive constraints: Doing less to accomplish more
On its own, prioritizing won’t prevent burnout.
For someone like Bob, who’s grown accustomed to working nights and weekends, it doesn’t matter how much tasks are minimized: He’ll find ways to fill his time with more work.
Hamster Jack senses that Bob is a victim of Parkinson’s Law: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
The implication of this is simple, yet profound: To avoid working all the time — yet still get his work done — Bob needs to limit the amount of time he allots for work.

Some companies and institutions have been experimenting with this very idea and seen positive results:
· A New Zealand firm tested a 4-day workweek and found that it actually boosted productivity, creativity, and job satisfaction.
· In 2019, Microsoft Japan closed their offices every Friday, and saw a ~39% increase in YoY sales per employee.
· A 23-month study in Sweden found that nurses who worked a 6-hour workday had higher productivity levels and lower absentee rates than those with a longer workday.

But a mere “commitment” not to overwork won’t lead to sustainable change.
In order for this constraint to work, Bob needs to face real, unmovable barriers that force him to finish his work and leave the office — like scheduling a long-overdue date with his love interest, Roberta.

Psychology: The foundation for change
Lastly, Hamster Jack knows that without the right psychological approach, Bob will quickly fall back onto the hamster wheel of burnout.
Part of the problem stems from the common misconception that being a great employee means working hard. Hard work is part of the equation — but to be truly effective, Bob actually needs to do 2 things:
1. Perform at the highest level
2. Protect his ability to perform at the highest level
Doing the first while neglecting the second is only setting Bob and his team up for more problems down the line.

Hamster Jack — ever the fuzzy fountain of wisdom — suggests 2 rules to help him navigate his workday:
1. The 80% Rule
As Hamster Jack is fond of saying, “There are two types of hamsters in this world: Those who give 110%, and those who understand math.”
The 80% rule suggests that a superb employee plans to devote 80% of their energy and focus for the day to their job. The remaining 20% should be reserved for hobbies, family time, and everything else that isn’t work-related.
By leaving some energy in the tank each day, Bob creates the space he needs to avoid toxic work-life imbalance. Still, Bob often feels guilty putting work away, which is why Hamster Jack shares another secret with him:
2. Diffuse Problem-Solving
The brain has 2 modes of problem-solving: focused and diffuse.
The focused mode, which is most familiar to us, is when we give our full attention to a problem and try to reason our way through it. It can be very effective — especially when the problem is relatively familiar.
But the diffuse mode is where the problem-solving magic happens. This is when we allow our mind to wander, allowing it to connect disparate ideas at a level the focused mode doesn’t allow for.
When Bob chose to step away from work and go live his life, he unlocked his mind’s ability to solve creative and complex problems.
And in the end, this did more for his career, his team, and his company than a few extra hours of juggling.

 

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How Much Does It Cost to Start a Business?

How Much Does It Cost to Start a Business?

While you may have a winning business concept, if you’re like many aspiring business owners, there’s one thing holding you back — finances. When you start your own business, there are financial unknowns. That comes with the territory, and it can be intimidating.

Business startup costs are the expenses accrued when first launching your business, and they can vary depending on your industry and scale of business.

While there’s no cut-and-dried formula for figuring out exactly how much it will cost, there are common startup costs and additional expenses that apply in most cases. If you add up those expenses, you can get a ballpark estimate of what you need to get started. And from there, you can start looking into financing options.

To help you estimate how much it will cost to start your business, we’ve outlined what you need to consider below.

There are two main startup cost categories.

Before you start evaluating what you need, it’s important to know how business startup costs are categorized. They can be separated into two main categories: capital expenses and operating expenses. Here’s the difference between the two:

Capital expenses

Capital expenses, also known as capital expenditures, are one-time costs or up-front payments for fixed assets. These one-time expenses are investments in your business that can add value and increase the quality and quantity of the products and services you can provide. The common capital expenses you need to take into account include:

  • Business licensing based on federal and state business laws
  • Business registration
  • Property and rent expenses
  • Equipment
  • Security deposits
  • Technology expenses
  • Initial inventory and vendor expenses

Operating expenses

Operating expenses are recurring costs that may contribute to startup costs but continue throughout the life of the business, so you also need to allocate funds to cover these costs during the startup phase. Most likely, you need to factor in the following operating expenses:

  • Rent
  • Payroll and employee expenses
  • Travel
  • Utilities
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Website
  • Office supplies
  • Insurance

In addition to these costs, you need to account for initial organizational startup costs like legal, licensing, incorporation, and permitting fees.

Calculating startup costs.

Determine the must-haves.

As you’re looking over these common startup expenses, you may realize there are a couple of them that don’t apply. For example, if you’re a service-based business, you don’t need to consider costs for inventory and shipping. Or, if your business is online, you may not need to worry about travel expenses.

After you’ve looked over the list and have accounted for the line items that do apply, figure out what costs are absolutely necessary to streamline your budget. For example, if you want to save on rent as you’re building up your business, consider alternatives such as a home office or even a coworking space.

Break out the numbers.

Once you’ve pulled together a list of all your costs, assign an estimated dollar amount for each item. These approximate costs vary depending on your specific business needs, so do your research.

Consult colleagues in your industry and look online to make educated guesses about what you need for each line item. By taking the extra time to estimate your startup costs early on, you can figure out a realistic financing plan and make a game plan to get started.

Conduct a break-even analysis.

Once you’ve crunched the numbers and feel confident about how much money it takes to get your business up and running, it’s time to conduct a break-even analysis.

Determining BEP (break-even point) allows a business owner to understand the amount of revenue needed to cover business startup costs and ongoing operational expenses. With this in mind, you can come up with a plan to ensure the profitability and success of your business.

Paying for business costs when first starting out.

Now that you know how much it’s going to take to start your business, you need the money to back it up. There are a number of ways to finance your business, but you should always do your research, and talk to your accountant or financial advisor for additional assistance. To get you started, here are a few methods of raising capital:

  • Loans and grants: Whether from a family member, friend, organization, or business, there are many options to get started.
  • Business credit cards or business lines of credit
  • Investors and/or accelerators
  • Crowdfunding

Pro tip: You should always separate your business and personal expenses, especially when you’re just starting out.

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