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Racemi 2017 Predictions: CIOs - A Move to the Cloud is Imperative if You Want to Keep Your Job

VMblog Predictions 2017

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2017.  Read them in this 9th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Lawrence Guillory, CEO, Racemi

CIOs: A Move to the Cloud is Imperative if You Want to Keep Your Job

In 2017 the CIO Divide Will Deepen and More Retirement Plans Will Be Made

In 2017 you will see reorganization in 35 percent of the global 2000, simply due to a lack of commitment from CIOs to become more modern and compete more fiercely with competitors. There are two types of CIOs: ones who are hesitant and conservative and ones who are agile and willing to experiment. In 2017 and into 2018, the CIOs who are not willing to try new ideas will simply be pushed out of their organizations and replaced with individuals who have more of a "maverick-like" mindset when it comes to innovation. Organizational transformations such as moving to the cloud are already taking place. So if CIOs are not preaching this vision on a daily basis, they should start planning for their retirement.

Budgets Will Receive a New Line Item in 2017

In 2017 75 percent of enterprises will implement a new line item in their quarterly and yearly budget meetings -  the Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE). Currently only 5 percent of enterprises have it, but it's gaining momentum in a way that businesses cannot ignore. Whether operating in Amazon, Azure or both, the CCoE is focused on implementing cloud best practices and ensuring employees working in IT are certified and knowledgeable on all things cloud. Once organizations understand the importance of investing in CCoEs, it is a no-brainer and they will find the budget to make it happen.

Businesses Compete by Killing their Data Center in 2017

CEOs and boards will put top priority on being more competitive and nimble in their market in 2017, consistently asking themselves, "What is holding us back from being more profitable?" In searching for that answer they will turn to their data center and their infrastructure in order to figure out how to better compete. In order to gain market share, they will have to lead through a digital transformation that drops all dead weight; and in many companies, that will mean dropping their data centers for a cloud strategy that drives digital products and digital experiences. If your company is not working on solutions that innovate at the speed and scale of the cloud, and using the artificial intelligence to drive your digital strategy - you can bet one of your competitors is and they will be unstoppable if you do not get out of your current datacenters to compete on a level battlefield. In 2017 migrating businesses to the cloud will be one of the non-negotiables CEOs and boards will realize and act on.


About the Author

Lawrence Guillory is the chief executive officer and board member at Racemi. He joined the server migration software company in September 2009, bringing more than 15 years of leadership in sales and marketing. Previously, Lawrence launched two businesses including, which grew to be one of the Internet's largest online discount golf communities. Lawrence has a Bachelor of Computer Science degree and MBA training from Mercer University. Today, Lawrence is focused on Racemi's single goal: to make migration to the cloud easy while offering a seamless experience for customers.  

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Published Thursday, December 08, 2016 9:09 AM by David Marshall
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