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Why Cloud is Key at #g2i2017

Brian Gregory, Director of IT at Express Scripts, led a 45-minute session at this year’s Gateway to Innovation conference where he shared insights concerning cloud native and DevOps at a session titled “Transformation to Cloud Native and What is the DevOps You Speak of?” We learned how shifting to a cloud native platform is a matter of survival, especially as adoption is expected to ramp up in the coming years.

Here are some key takeaways from this session from Brian Gregory’s perspective:

  • Business Progression: Cloud Native platforms help businesses sustain profitability and provide an opportunity to invest in people who are learning how to work together in new and optimized ways.
  • Scalability: Gregory stressed the importance of the platform’s ability to automatically scale an app for issues. Automatically scaled up applications, also known as self-monitoring applications, can fix themselves without the intervention of IT staff.
  • Competitive Advantage: Organizations must “shift off the shelf to purpose built software” in order to stay competitive today’s digital world.
  • Cultural Shift: Gregory reiterated that DevOps is a culture shift, changing the way people think. IT teams want continuous delivery on multiple platforms and transforming to a cloud native enables such possibilities by accelerating time to market, innovation, and efficiency while lowering IT costs.


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