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Embracing Technology Disruption: Q&A with a CTO

Posted On: May 05, 2016

Topics:: Multi-Cloud,

Digital Transformation


As CTO of OneNeck IT Solutions, Clint Harder has seen his share of customers struggle with the adoption of emerging technologies while trying to remain competitive. With 20+ years of industry experience, he’s seen firsthand the evolution of the data center to the cloud, and brings a real world approach to solving the most complex technology problems.

Clint sat down with us to discuss some recent industry trends and how other leaders can adapt and evolve their organizations to embrace the next wave of IT.

How are disruptive technologies like cloud computing, mobility, big data and the IoT impacting your work as a CTO?

At a high level, there are two main areas that these disruptive technologies are impacting our business.

First, with the ease of collecting and analyzing data that these technologies empower, there are increased expectations for data visibility and data-based decisions across our organization, including our customers. Combined with the consumerization of these technologies, all constituents have expectations of advanced and increasing capabilities in this area.

Second, due to the way these technologies are delivered, there is an increased expectation of speed of release, improvement of our applications and access to the underpinning data.

What advice would you give decision-making CIOs and CTOs that are trying to keep up with these technologies and remain competitive?

Clearly manage expectations when adopting these new technologies. Start with trials or POCs with demonstrable but limited success criteria. Once you have a couple of small wins, then consider the larger investments and commitments.

Don’t believe the hype. Dan Ariely of Duke University illustrates this point well. “Big Data is like teenage sex; everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.”

The definition of "the cloud" has changed and broadened as the concept has gained traction. As a technology strategy leader for a hybrid cloud solution provider, how do you define the cloud today?

Delivery of infrastructure, platforms and applications by a another party in a shared capital investment model. And yes, this definition does support the concept of a customer’s on-premise dedicated virtualized environment being a private cloud. In this case the other party is the shared services IT function in their organization.

Given that definition, what are some of the reasons businesses consider the cloud today? What are companies using it for and why?

Speed, access to new technologies, matching costs to revenues, and to minimize technology lock-in.

OneNeck’s numerous data centers house a lot of sensitive information. How are today’s disruptive technologies changing your approach to cyber security?

In the end, it is still a defense, in-depth approach to security. Given the number of disparate devices that access cloud technologies, the attack vectors have increased by an order of magnitude. However, that is countered by many of the advanced security technologies now available and can also be addressed by secure application development disciplines and proper network and privileged access configurations.

One final question: What differentiation is OneNeck providing from other multi-cloud providers?

We have three different cloud modalities we can deliver, and we can mix and match these across an entire company’s infrastructure, even across individual applications. Whether onsite, hosted private cloud or public hyperscale cloud, they can all be used to deliver high-performing applications.

Thank you for your time today. It’s an exciting time to be in the technology field, and as a CTO, I’m sure it’s extremely challenging and rewarding.

It certainly is.

It is our goal to take our readers right to the source, so stay tuned as we continue our FAQ series of blogs and interview industry experts from a variety of technology solutions…