Enterprise IT Needs Radical Transformation, Says Intel CIO

With increasing headcounts and ever growing demand for IT and computing resources, enterprises today need strategies and tools to pace ahead of these transitions and create more value for the company, says Kim Stevenson, VP and CIO of Intel Corporation.

During Dell World 2012, in a conversation with SiliconAngle founder John Furrier and Wikibon founder Dave Vallente, Stevenson said her keynote titled “Deriving Value from the Connected Economy” at the conference was about the transformation of IT playing a vital role for creating businesses and economic value.  She said CIOs and their IT organizations have tools available to be ahead of the curve in supporting this transition, and there is an opportunity to harness the knowledge and ideas to produce solutions that customers want, and leverage technology.

In a response to IT’s desire to leverage predictive analytics to deal with big data, and how this is already creating new opportunities for the organization, she said there is a challenge in working with big data analytics, but organizations should consider where business is going to determine the areas that need more attention.

Stevenson said cloud services have already started adding business value to organizations, and converged infrastructure should be the next shift for them to make business more agile.

“Converged infrastructure reduces QA time, provisioning time, and that helps enable the business,” she added.

Software-defined networking and shifting to a software services delivery model are two areas of focus for Intel in 2013.  Intel’s data structure is growing at 30 percent year over year and Intel is looking for a flash-based storage model to store a large percentage of that data in the future, Stevenson says.

Enterprise IT is here to support business value and to drive revenue. But Stevenson says the perception is slowly changing as we move more towards cloud, big data analytics and virtualization.

“The last decade was about IT productivity, data center consolidation, virtualization, application virtualization etc. but the next decade is about business, productivity, and IT can enable that for enterprises,” she said.

As far as the kinds of IT services and IT-as-a-Service we can expect to see in the next ten years, Stevenson expects more demand for data scientists, big data architects, reporting architects, visualization, predictive modeling, and machine learning professionals, but at the same time she also anticipates a scarcity of skills in these areas.

Shifting the discussion to security, Stevenson said cyber-attacks are now more sophisticated and there is an increase of attacks by 25 to 30 percent compared to previous years. Intel is moving to a wall garden security model where they can protect the data during transit, in process or in execution. Intel has created a number of trust zones to trust devices, users and applications based on geographical locations and the kind of data they are being used.

When asked about where on of its top partners, Dell, is moving, Stevenson explains the PC maker has expanded its portfolio and they are now serving customers from industry orientation, health care, government, and education.  It’s a big step for Dell as it builds a solid future for the company.