Enterprise Services
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Do you mean 

20th Century Fox delivers IT at the pace of business with converged cloud

Nadhan on ‎12-16-2013 10:11 AM

“Tomorrow the sun would rise. Who knows what the tide could bring,” was the ending quote from actor Tom Hanks in a video shown before the 20th Century Fox (Fox) keynote by Exec VP and CIO, John Herbert at HP Discover in Barcelona. Herbert also oversees the Shared Service Group, which provides infrastructure shared services and corporate application support for multiple business units. Fox’s business has undergone a transformation – from physical to digital distribution, film to digital cinema, tape delivery to digital file delivery. This has driven Fox’s IT environment to go through a transformation of its own – to deliver at the pace of business. Let’s see how:

Sunrise in the Clouds.jpg


To integrate the business of IT and combat its consumerization in a cost-competitive manner, Herbert focused on the very foundation of this cost structure – the data center – which drove Fox’s journey to the converged cloud.

Herbert walked the attendees through the Strategy, Execution and Measurement phases of “Journey Management” in action – after introducing the term at HP Discover Las Vegas.


Strategy: 3 drivers


Herbert explains that Speed to Market, the Digital Transformation Journey and Business Alignment were the three key drivers for the Converged Cloud strategy.


Execution: 3 Steps


Here’s what Fox did to execute this strategy:


1. Simplify the infrastructure.“Lack of standards is not conducive to cloud consumption,” asserts Herbert. This step involved the standardization of the infrastructure, with a systematic approach to integrating servers, storage and networking across an adaptive pool of services offered as a service.


2. Converge to the Cloud. Fox quickly learned the limitations of a public, cloud–only delivery model and realized that a hybrid approach was vital. The converged cloud is being built around a suite of tools that will provide a common management platform for the private, managed and public clouds.


3. Partner with HP. “HP knows the scale and complexity. HP is the right choice,” Herbert said. After all, we are talking about the George Clooney of Applications Transformation who has the complete package.


Measurement: 3 Metrics 


Fox’s execution upon its strategy has realized tangible returns.


1. A 5-week timeframe to bring equipment in has now been reduced to 15 minutes


2. A 70 percent reduction in data center footprint.


3. A 45 percent reduction in operation expenses.


Role of IT: 3 changes


The converged cloud strategy has enabled Fox IT to not only transform the operations but also its role:


1. Getting a seat at the table to help guide the business


2. Evolving from an order-taker to a Service Broker


3. Transforming from an allocation, or year-end tax, to a quick, efficient service with a pay-as-you-go business option


With this transformation in its role, Fox’s response to changing tides in the future can be summarized in three words: "Bring it on!"


I can almost imagine Herbert paraphrasing Hanks, “Tomorrow the sun would rise in the converged cloud. 20th Century Fox is ready, no matter what the tide brings in the 21st Century.”


Team up with HP Technology Expert, E.G.Nadhan


Connect with Nadhan on: Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Journey Blog.




About the Author


on ‎12-17-2013 09:43 AM

John - I commend you and your team on fantastic outcomes thru your converged cloud infra deployment. Great achievement.



on ‎12-29-2013 01:34 AM

I've had similar experiences with converged cloud... well done with your implementation.


I would definitely recomend to others

Leave a Comment

We encourage you to share your comments on this post. Comments are moderated and will be reviewed
and posted as promptly as possible during regular business hours

To ensure your comment is published, be sure to follow the Community Guidelines.

Be sure to enter a unique name. You can't reuse a name that's already in use.
Be sure to enter a unique email address. You can't reuse an email address that's already in use.
Type the characters you see in the picture above.Type the words you hear.
1-3 December 2015
Discover 2015 London
Discover 2015 in London, the ultimate showcase technology event for business and IT professionals to learn, connect, and grow.
Read more
November 2015
Software Online Expert Days
Join us online to talk directly with our Software experts.
Read more
View all