Gartner recently published its findings on the key trends to look out for in Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) in 2019 including the emergence of AI as a tool to support digital infrastructure.

Here is a look into some of the most notable trends that could be impacting I&O in 2019 and beyond.

AI

Managing growing infrastructures without being able to grow staff can be challenging, but AI may be part of the solution.

According to Gartner, global AI-derived business value will reach nearly $3.9 trillion by 2022 and has the potential to be organizationally transformational. 

KOSTNER uses AI to create optimization and cost management in IT infrastructure, providing unique insight while cutting costs.

Here is a look into some of the most notable trends that could be impacting I&O in 2019 and beyond.

Here is a look into some of the most notable trends that could be impacting I&O in 2019 and beyond.

Death of the Data Center

In their report, Gartner predicts that by 2025, 80 percent of enterprises will migrate entirely away from on-premises data centers with the current trend of moving workloads to colocation, hosting and the cloud leading to the shut down of traditional data centers.

As the trend of becoming more cloud-based continues, there is an increased focus on placing workloads according to business needs and not being constrained by physical location.

I&O leaders must identify whether there are strategic reasons to stay on-prem or if they should follow the trend and move to cloud.

Navigating the pros and cons of staying on-prem or moving to cloud can be very unique to each enterprise and there can be millions of aspects to consider when making a decision that best fits individual needs.

KOSTNER can help make that decision easier by providing non-bias advisory based on AI-powered insight that finds the best outcomes tailored to specific needs and uses.

Emerging Roles

One of the biggest challenges with cloud services is keeping costs under control. The business expects I&O to do this alongside their current focus on engineering and operations.

As the move to cloud services continues to trend, one role emerging is that of a cloud costs manager.A cloud costs manager can help I&O leaders stay on top of price and service changes to cloud to keep costs to a minimum.

KOSTNER also offers cloud costs management as a service based on insight. KOSTNER’s AI-powered insight helps customers evaluate their cloud spend and needs on a subscription basis.

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At Kostner, we want to make life easier for our customers through the use of AI and Big Data.

IT infrastructure can be difficult to navigate at times with many challenges and choices to make.

Having spent the last couple of years optimizing IT infrastructure with firms in all shapes and sizes, we have compiled the biggest challenges facing the industry today for specific roles.

CIO’s face the difficult challenge of ensuring their IT infrastructure runs optimally while keeping costs as low as possible.

Three areas specifically are critical initiatives for any CIO wanting their department to run at the best possible level.

Understanding Costs – Baseline and Benchmarks

Knowing where you stand compared to industry competitors is an essential tool in assessing progress. 

Baseline and benchmarks give you a valuable overview to compare your progress and achievements alongside similar IT infrastructures. 

Understanding costs through baseline and benchmarks can also help give an overview of where money is being spent and where it could be optimized.

Platform Choice

Where you decide to run IT can have a significant impact on costs and optimization of your IT infrastructure.

That is why choosing a platform that best fits your needs can be vital in successfully running IT.

Whether opting to run On-Prem or in the Cloud, there are still millions of solutions to go through to ensure your IT infrastructure runs tailored to your needs.

Cost Savings and Optimization

Worldwide spending on IT operations is projected to reach $3.8 trillion in 2019 with cloud service costs rising by 22%.

This also means cutting costs is a top priority for CIO’s no matter where they operate, be it On-Prem or in the Cloud.

According to Gartner’s 2018 CIO Agenda report, 10% of CIO’s cited “profit improvement, profitability or asset monetization” as the top business objective for the next two years while an additional 5% cited, “cost optimization, cost management or cost reduction” as the top business objective.

Optimizing and cleaning up an IT environment can be a daunting task, taking up many valuable hours with outside consultants, the complexity of software licensing and cloud service offerings.

How Can We Help?

KOSTNER uses AI and Big Data to make these challenges attainable, providing concrete solutions through our insight with a clear road map of how to get there.

Profitability and Cost Optimization is a CIO priority and a CIO decision.

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