HPE and Transamerica Open Their Cloud Transformation Playbooks

Moving to the cloud meant a tightening of IT resources with the expansion of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Transamerica. During a panel discussion held at the Infosys Americas Leadership Forum in New York, companies shared some of their experiences leveraging cloud resources as part of their ongoing IT and operations transformation.

The panel explored how developing a cloud transformation guide to go digital can help organizations respond faster to market and change. Ravi Kumar, President of Infosys, moderated the live portion of the discussion with Rashmi Kumar, Head of Global IT with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and George Vega, Chief Technology Officer at Transamerica Workplace Solutions.

Rashmi Kumar said that while the HPE brand may conjure up older technology for some, the company has focused in recent years on an edge-to-cloud platform as a service, including bringing cloud to the edge in use cases such as connected cars and hospital patients, or on oil rigs. She said that bringing about the internal transformation requires some rethinking and reformulating the infrastructure in which the institution operates.

While it may seem daunting to re-examine the technology footprint that may have served more than 200 client companies, undertaking a cloud transformation can lead to opportunities to drive new efficiencies. “This is where the decision point to clean up technical debt came in at our core, because the key parts are how do you manage cars, how do you do the supply chain, logistics, and transportation?” said Rashmi Kumar.

Vega said insurer Transamerica has turned to the cloud to take advantage of benefits like automatic provisioning, among other reasons. “It has been taking us more than three and a half months to provide the infrastructure,” he said. “It’s a long time for any transformation.” After moving to the cloud, Vega said the savings now has been reduced to two weeks or even two days in some cases for his organization.

Simplify operations with the cloud

Other organizations have found ways to streamline operations by adopting cloud transformation. For example, when HPE began its transformation over three years ago as a technical debt cleanup, Rashmi Kumar said, it helped condense 11 different extensions of SAP into one. There are caveats and concerns that she points out that organizations should pay attention to as they pursue their transformation plans. Rashmi Kumar said that hiring the right talent and developing the necessary skills are major challenges in the current environment. “Dad is easier said than done,” she said. “Find a smart person who can create an API that can be used forever.”

In a pre-recorded discussion prior to the live session, Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian shared some industry insights with Ravi Kumar about where cloud transformation and IT as a whole could be headed. “We basically see data as the primary asset for digitization,” Kurian said. “If you use it well, you can make it a superpower to help everyone in your company make the right decisions.”

He also said that Google Cloud recognizes that organizations may use solutions from multiple cloud service providers and to that end, Google Cloud wants to help them address three main issues:

  • Allow organizations to create and deploy applications without any changes across multiple clouds.
  • Be able to use data no matter where it is located.
  • Be able to combine cloud and on-premises systems.

“We allow people to use our analytics tool, BigQuery, across multiple clouds,” Kurian said.

Salil Parikh, CEO of Infosys, the event host, also shared some of the industry’s perspectives in a separate presentation on stage. He hypothesized that technology plays a role in efforts to revitalize and rebuild the economy as the country, and the world, operates toward the next new normal.

“Retail is back with a lot of steam in terms of technology investment,” Parekh said. “We’ve also seen the banks doing well, manufacturing starting to fall apart, and good traction in the pharmaceutical sector. One of the reasons is that spending on technology isn’t just something that helps improve process and connectivity. It has gone from just being OpEx [operational expense] The cost of something became capital [capital expense] over a period of several years.”

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