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Exploring the future of IT: Cloud, AI, and sustainability

Katy White
Katy White
Principal Digital Consultant, Design & Technology
3 min read
29 November 2023

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, the mantra of “smarter IT” has emerged as the guiding principle for businesses navigating rapid changes. Imagine a world where cloud complexities dissolve, artificial intelligence seamlessly integrates into everyday operations, and sustainability becomes a cornerstone of technological advancement.

In our recent DEPT® Lunch Break session, we unveiled the roadmap to a better IT landscape. From simplifying cloud to weaving AI seamlessly into operations and championing sustainability, this session revealed key strategies that will redefine IT’s future.

Let’s delve in!

Emerging trends in IT transformation

01 Simplifying cloud complexity
With everyone migrating to the cloud complexities are rising. To streamline operations, you’ll need to be aware of composable architectures, infra/code configuration, and AI integration strategies.

02 Edge computing’s impact
Edge computing is pivotal for swift feature deployment, reducing complexities, and enhancing user experiences. It brings computing closer to data sources, reduces latency, and boosts performance.

03 Sustainability in cloud operations
Sustainability is a shared responsibility. Fortunately, moving workloads to public clouds significantly reduces CO2 footprints. As your team migrates and grows its cloud computing practices, you should prioritize energy-efficient designs and smart utilization within cloud solutions.

04 AI Integration in cloud services
Cloud services are integrating with AI tools for task automation, improved security, and efficient solutions. Soon, features like generative AI for DevOps and security will be ubiquitous.

Strategies for smart integration

01 Composable architecture
The shift from monolithic systems to selecting the best-suited software for customer journeys is crucial. 

02 MACH approach 
MACH (Microservices, API First, Cloud-Native, Headless) emphasizes microservices, API-centric design, and cloud-native development for scalability and innovation.

03 Low-code integration platforms
Utilising platforms like Boomi and Mulesoft for seamless system integration, automation, and faster deployment.

04 AI integration and hyper-automation
AI is becoming integral to integration solutions, streamlining processes, and enhancing connectivity between systems.

Selecting cloud partners

When selecting a cloud partner, you should evaluate technology, understand partner programs, assess maturity/alignment, and seek internal alignment. Working with a tech authority group can help you better leverage suitable cloud computing partners.

Our work for Therabody exemplified these strategies, showcasing success through a new e-commerce platform built on composable architecture and MACH principles.

As we conclude this journey through the realms of smarter IT, we invite you to carry these insights forward. The world of technology continues to evolve, and the strategies discussed—simplifying the cloud, integrating AI, and championing sustainability—stand as pillars of transformation.

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Principal Digital Consultant, Design & Technology

Katy White