When It Comes To RAPID Cloud: Don’t Build – Buy, Don’t Manage - Use


Automation, RAPID

RAPID was launched to a packed audience last July- which in the fast paced world of tech is a lifetime ago! Due to market demand and customer feedback we decided to bring it to London and Manchester.

The not to be missed speaker line-up featured Matt Watts Director, Technology and Strategy EMEA NetApp; Andy Barrow CTO, ANS; Kevin McGibben, CEO LogicMonitor; Steve Francis, Chief Product Officer and Founder, LogicMonitor. We also had incredible customer references from Tracey Scotter Director of ICT, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; David Walliker Chief Information Officer, Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital and Etienne Wolmarans, Head of Infrastructure, Euro Car Parts Ltd.

Matt Watts kicked things off at both Manchester and London as he spoke on the importance of IT opportunities that drive transformation vs maintenance. We are only now discovering what cloud can truly offer, Gartner have predicted that 80% of applications will be public with 20% remaining private by 2018. Hybrid cloud will be continue to be the dominant business outcome, as some organisations have applications which cannot be supported by traditional cloud. It’s no longer public vs private but hybrid.

If there was one word which could be used to surmise the next presentation, that word would be; innovation. Andy Barrow discussed his experience researching tenders and speaking with customers on a day to day basis, the one concern which overwhelms every other is innovation. From customers who want to create a culture of innovation to those that want to realise innovation faster.

Innovation isn’t modernisation and Andy discussed its disruption across every industry. Examples of this are: the car industry which was disrupted by google with data enabling the driverless car. Banking has been disrupted with the evolution of online and digital banking, to the point where traditional banking is a fossilised concept. We can look at ATOM as a true digital era bank. Growing numbers of people use mobile banking apps and choose to manage their accounts online due to a combination of convenience and better, more accessible technology. ATOM bank will soon open its doors to customers, but not physical branch ones. Instead, its banking range will only be available and operated online.

Our ANS customer reference came from David Walliker who brought his experience as CIO of Liverpool Women’s, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital where he is responsible for IT and major transformational programmes including paper free health records. His inspiring presentation talked about the different applications he is using within the hospital. It’s no secret that a Paperless 2018 is on the agenda, but David also offered an incredible insight into what he believes are making the key imprint in today’s healthcare world:

 Out Patient Check-In

David described this exciting project aligned to completely reduce time and human error. The outpatient self-service check in is similar to those found in airports. The benefits? Patients no longer have to queue to check-in to appointments, instead they can access this themselves and likewise if they are running late, they can also notify the hospital immediately.

Wearable Technologies and Translation Services

Digital translation services and the development of wearable devices were also at the top of David’s agenda. What if patients could be given wearable devices that could alert hospital staff to the allergies or history of patients? This would not only ensure patients are given the highest standard of care but with motion sensor technology they would have the ability to monitor movement. Therefore, if an elderly or infirmed person falls or needs help the hospital are notified immediately. The possibilities for technological innovation to enhance patient care are endless however as David described during his opening remark, technology cannot evolve without an agile, responsive infrastructure to support next gen applications.

Andy Barrow explained how here at ANS we have developed an agile and robust infrastructure that offers a highly scalable infrastructure to deliver resiliency today, enabling talent to focus on higher order innovative systems of tomorrow. We’re already seeing market demand from organisations who want to buy not build and use not manage infrastructure. The industry now sees technology as a platform and not hardware. Andy explained the automation element behind RAPID which enables organisations to create innovation. Automation reduces risk by eliminating manual processes. RAPID solves the private cloud challenge as customers can buy a pre-programmed, pre-integrated infrastructure which is built through API’s and apps and put through a rigorous testing regime and chaos engineered. The infrastructure understands failure scenarios, everything is specified and tested ready for use. RAPID Converged Infrastructure is delivered within 28 days which means that innovation can be reached in weeks rather than in years.

Within the digital sphere coding now underpins value, we have seen examples of this across industries. Andy had some sage advice for attendees looking to realise the quickest way to value: Let machines do the work for you and if not? Well then you’ll need to learn how to code! This idea was concreted by Kevin McGibben from Logic Monitor who asked the audience to “Demand automation, humans cannot keep up. Don’t try to be an IT hero.” The overwhelming message was clear, in order to achieve the future of IT teams will depend on buying not building an infrastructure and using not managing a private cloud.

To find out more visit www.ans.co.uk/rapid-28

Posted by Andy Barrow