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When to act like a 100-year-old business, and when to act like a startup

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Modernizing Dev and Testing environments can bring exponential benefits to established brands.

This is a guest blog post by Eric Bradford, Director of Manufacturing, Oil & Gas and Utilities.

Do a web search for “The Pros and Cons of Legacy Infrastructure” and a funny thing happens. OK, maybe it’s not so funny. Turns out, there aren’t a lot of pros to maintaining legacy systems. The expertise, expense, and reliability issues surrounding older hardware and applications steer the conversation decidedly toward modernization.

But what if you’re a 100-year-old enterprise? Some of the world’s most established brands have survived—and innovated—through depressions, recessions, world wars, and sweeping changes in the technology landscape.

And they’re still with us, continuing to lead markets and industries. And many of them still rely on legacy applications for core business value.

Even though the modernization conversation would tend to favor brands that haven’t yet experienced an IPO, this much is clear: there are times to act like a 100-year-old company, and times to act like a startup.

Take application development teams, for example, who typically focus on a solution for an average of 2-3 weeks before moving on to the next project. These teams could be modernizing applications that shape marketing, procurement, or manufacturing processes—all critical to business operations.

The typical process for Dev and Testing teams requires application developers to put in requests for IT resources, and for IT to allocate the necessary compute and storage resources for the process to run. The only problem is that this process can take days, even weeks. On average, these teams wait between 40-50 days for their IT requests to be delivered.

The lag in delivery of IT resources to these teams can be an expensive proposition in itself. Each minute a manufacturing line gets held up can cost business $20,000 per minute. Delays over the course of nearly 2 months can incur staggering costs.

Application teams not willing to wait it out might take the company credit card and purchase space on a public cloud platform, speeding the Dev and Testing cycle, but exposing the business to unnecessary risk when company IP leaves the premises.

What if you could keep your prized IP safe while driving that 50-day wait down to something like 8 hours? What if you could have your own, on-premise Private Cloud providing a pool of resources that can be used by application development teams on an as-needed basis? What if that environment was a pay-as-you-go service, providing your enterprise both experimental and financial flexibility?

The Customer Dev and Testing solution by HPE delivers on all fronts. Built on HPE Helion OpenStack software, the solution enables quick ramp up and shows immediate ROI. Providing a flexible and agile on-demand environment for application development teams can boost overall business efficiency and enable competitive differentiation.

Whether you’re a 100-year-old company or a recently incubated startup, a secure, private cloud might be just what you need to break the resource allocation lag cycle and achieve continuous improvement.

Learn more at www.hpe.com.

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