Controlling Cloud Costs a Top Priority at Microsoft Ignite

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Last month at Microsoft Ignite, thousands of IT professionals gathered in Orlando, FL to learn about the latest multi-cloud strategies. With over 600 sessions dedicated to IT Cloud Infrastructure, multi-cloud initiatives were at the forefront of attendee attention—including Microsoft Azure migration.

This interest extended to our BMC booth as Silver Sponsors for the Expo, where the most popular discussions were definitely around Discovery for Multi-Cloud, automated asset discovery and application dependency mapping, and TrueSight Cloud Cost Control, which helps enterprises visualize, plan, and control costs for multi-cloud initiatives.

BMC Software Multi-Cloud Memory Game at Microsoft Ignite

Both solutions resonated exceptionally well with the multi-cloud initiatives of our booth visitors—many of them requesting a call from one of our account reps to further explore how our solutions can fit their needs. While visiting our booth, they also had a chance to play the multi-cloud “memory game”: matching icons of multi-cloud infrastructure against a countdown clock.

Digital transformation drives the discussion

Our discussions had a common theme—the multi-cloud initiative was driven by lines of business (LOBs) or departments outside of traditional IT operations. These initiatives were often championed by the C-suite within an organization—the CIO, CTO, CMO, or even CEO.

In most enterprises, digital transformation is a C-suite imperative. Executives driving the initiatives are looking for innovation and competitive differentiation. For infrastructure and operations (I&O), the idea is to do more with less resources and provide flexibility for development teams to innovate faster. In some cases, these dedicated teams are given an exemption from having to go through more standardized IT processes such as provisioning of resources.

Here’s an example of what an I&O leader told us in our discussions:

There’s an app team in our organization that developed a new CRM solution from top to bottom in a public cloud but it did not work out so well. The design was poor and it cost way more than anyone could imagine hosted in the cloud. We ended up taking it back on-premises.” -Director, IT Operations.

This is not an uncommon scenario. When this application began to scale with more demand in production, the associated IT expenses began to soar. The overall resources to run this new initiative were noticeably higher than those for other lines of business within the organization. The IT Operations Director eventually inherited the whole project and was appalled at how the design was inefficient and contributed to the high costs.

After we showed him the discovery of infrastructure resources in the cloud with application dependency mapping, as well as the cloud cost migration simulations, he agreed that these tools would have enabled him to manage that application more effectively. As he considers more migrations to the cloud and using cloud providers like Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services (AWS), he will consider our innovative solutions.

New Multi-Cloud initiatives, new approaches

These new solutions from BMC help enterprise IT to partner with lines of business. Enterprise IT can take advantage of the breadth and depth of coverage that TrueSight offers, along with other innovative solutions in the BMC portfolio, to dynamically respond to digital transformation business needs.

This month we’re introducing TrueSight 11.0 -the most comprehensive Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations (“AIOps”) solution on the market. TrueSight 11.0 brings together new machine learning and analytics capabilities with intellectual property BMC has developed over many years into a platform that elevates IT to support digital business transformation.

For more information, see Announcing TrueSight 11

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These postings are my own and do not necessarily represent BMC's position, strategies, or opinion.

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Patrick Campbell

Patrick Campbell

Patrick T. Campbell has spent his 20+ year career equally between Application and Network Performance Management and K-12 Education. As a Technical Marketing Engineer, he began his career in IT at InfoVista as a Technical Trainer, followed by Raytheon Solipsys, OPNET Technologies (Riverbed Technology), and now BMC Software. In K-12 Education, he taught mathematics at Drew College Preparatory School for seven years and then worked at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) as a Mathematics and Science Professional Development Program Co-Director for International Teacher-Scholars from Egypt for another two. Passionate about learning, he has presented at OPNETWORK and at NAIS Teacher Conferences. Patrick received a B.S. in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from Penn State, and has a Master’s Degree in Human Resource and Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University.