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The Digital Transformation Imperative

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© 2020 Mirantis Inc. All Rights Reserved. Information is subject to change. | www.mirantis.com 7 As traditional businesses transform into application companies, speed, flexibility and security become absolutely essential and yet increasingly complicated given technical debt, vendor stacks and the risks and requirements around protecting data and systems in distributed scenarios, such as hybrid or multi cloud. Infrastructure Complexity Developers gravitate towards solutions that allow them to build and create new applications with the least friction. That leads to platform sprawl, where different applications get deployed across different frameworks, operating systems and clouds -- meaning applications often need to be tested multiple times. Platform Lock-In Lock-in with both traditional and emerging technology vendors that have proprietary platforms or processes inhibit your ability to move forward with new technology and adopt new strategies quickly. Any platform should provide the flexibility to run across public and private clouds, and support all common operating systems, virtualization platforms, and Kubernetes pipelines and tools. Friction & Inefficiency Existing applications, tooling and processes make the development-to-production pipeline slow error prone. Decades of accumulated technical debt make it hard to change. Even modern platforms such as virtualization have limits. The average data center operates at less than 20% CPU utilization, which leaves money on the table. Improved efficiency alone can reduce your future capex spend and help scale to meet your growth needs. Inf rastructure complexity and inefficiency also means developers spend too much time either building out inf rastructure, or waiting for it to be built. Developers are at their best when they are writing code, creating new software or improving existing software. Building inf rastructure ranks high on the list of productivity gains for developers. Increased Security Threats Security has become more complex and high-stakes. Applications need to be secured across hybrid and multi- cloud environments while still empowering developers to be productive. There are more stories of major security breaches happening every day. Organizations do not want to hinder innovation, but are also putting themselves at risk if they do not emphasize prevention and compliance. IT Process & Culture The way processes and teams are structured exacerbates the technology challenges. Change is hard, especially when organizations are structured around an old way of thinking that focuses as much as 80 percent of time and resources on existing applications and platforms. The model and the underlying platforms are designed to keep things from breaking by maintaining the status quo. But they also make innovation and transformation difficult. The Core Challenges Facing IT 79 percent of enterprise workloads now run in a public or private cloud, but that masks the complexity of the problem. Companies now use an average of 4.9 public and private clouds, with 84 percent of enterprises reporting they are pursuing a multi-cloud strategy. 1 36.5% of developers ranked being "tasked with non-development work" such as building inf rastructure as a top productivity drain .2 54.1% of developers said that the languages, frameworks, and other technologies they work with are one of the most important job criteria. 3 1. 2019 Rightscale State of the Cloud Report by Flexera 2-3 Stack Overflow 2019 Developer Survey

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