The heart of a modern data management strategy is you

By Isabelle Guis

I never thought I’d say this, but I miss conferences. Well, not all of it, but I miss being in-person with customers, chatting with partners, and sharing my perspective on technology and the industry with influencers. It was nice to be on-stage and I hope our enthusiasm showed that Connections wasn’t “just another” Zoom meeting.

During the keynote, CEO Sanjay Mirchandani spoke about how IT professionals, like yourself, are being asked to do unnatural things, like containing their sprawling infrastructure while digitally transforming for the future. Yet, if data is managed and protected properly, it can be the defining and disruptive difference for an organization. 

Stephen Orban
David Martin

Many of our speakers agreed and offered their perspective and learnings, which I wanted to briefly share here:

  • Reimagine IT. To shift from managing infrastructure to driving more outcomes for the organization and customers, Stephen Orban from Amazon Web Services recommended IT practitioners break up work (think microservices), automate the mundane, build in security, and invest in your team and their skills.
  • Rethink. Rather than “lift and shift” everything to the cloud, Commvault’s own CIO Reza Morakabati encouraged attendees to instead rethink their transformation and plan accordingly to do what is best for their cloud-bound organization.
  • Revisit. We live in a messy world, so look for ways to simplify your IT environment.  John Gallagher shared how Syncreon is consolidating and centralizing its data to save money and make its data-verse easier to manage. And Chris Rein from the State of New Jersey said it’s no longer prudent to save and keep your data forever; get to know your data to be nimble and focused.
  • Reunite. ADP’s Dave Martin said, “Ransomware is a very unforgiving beast, and it will hold you accountable for those things you overlooked.” Security and IT professionals mustn’t go it alone. Make sure everyone knows their roles (inside and outside your org) and that you are equipped, prepared, and have tested the process. 
  • Reassure. Your organization is depending on you to deliver on your data management strategy and to be prepared for unexpected occurrences.Make the business confident that you have it all under control!

Technology certainly has a part to play, but as our Connections keynote speakers reinforced, it is you – the IT and security professional – that is the heart of a successful and modern data management strategy. The research, planning, and preparation you do today will make all the difference for you, your organization, and your customers and constituents tomorrow.

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