CIO Priority 3:

Creating platforms and services that can scale to meet internet-scale demand.

The Internet is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down to the bottom of your inbox, but that’s just peanuts to the Internet.*

In comparison to what has come before, scaling technology to be able to deal with the goddamn bigness of the Internet is a whole new discipline for organisations that weren’t born and bred in it (and it’s challenging for many that are).

Cloud services, particularly underlying ones like Platform- and Infrastructure-as-a-Service are key here, for most organisations. As are emerging trends for technology such as Server-less and Containerisation. Modern ways of working such as DevOps are crucial too.

Probably the biggest challenge, though, is that it’s not just about technologies deployed and the surrounding processes. It’s about getting people thinking very differently about how to build and deliver technology services. For established organisations that will come with pain – DevOps in particular means a completely different mindset to delivering technology and one that many might not find attractive.

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I’ve recently launched Stamp London’s first physical product – a set of playing cards called CIO Priorities. You can find out more about them here, and order a set for yourself here (or simply download the PDF and print them out).

* with apologies to Douglas Adams

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