Survive Your IT Transformation Journey with This Guide

IT Transformation is a complicated process, but you don’t have to go it alone, nor reinvent the wheel. In our latest e-book, The CIO’s Survival Guide to IT Transformation, we’ve laid out all the moving pieces of a true IT transformation, offering a useful framework for understanding what the journey might look like for your particular business.

Because it really is a journey. It’s not just moving applications from the data center to the cloud. You’ve got to get business leaders on board and moving in the same direction as the engineers and implementers. And they have to be aligned with procurement, security and execution. Only then can you start to turn the giant ship of a multinational organization, or even get your team heading in the right direction.

Our survival guide walks you through the steps of our framework, it warns you on how to avoid some common pitfalls and it offers a close-up look at businesses finally enjoying the benefits of an on-demand infrastructure and the cost-saving flexibility that transformation can bring.

Get a taste of their journeys:

Dave Smoley, CIO AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca had a knot of legacy systems and software that prevented the company from moving quickly to take advantage of new opportunities. Moving into the cloud allowed AstraZeneca to adopt Microsoft Office 365, Workday, ServiceNow, Workforce and Box — and that helped the company cut costs by simplifying its spend.

Randy Mott, CIO General Motors

You would have needed a Chevy Tahoe to drive across the GM data centers that spread across 23 legacy sites and housed 4,000 enterprise applications when Mott took the wheel at GM. Now, the company houses all its data in just two sites. Bringing a rigid discipline to cost-control through consolidation allowed Mott to focus on keeping the carmaker’s head above water in turbulent times.

Rob Alexander, CIO Capital One

When Rob Alexander got to Capital One, he saw that it needed more technical expertise and innovation, real leading-edge development. He led a push to aggressively hire software engineers and integrate the acquisitions of BankOns and Level Money to pick up developer talent. He moved the credit card giant into the cloud too, migrating its services into Amazon Web Services, which puts the company on track to reduce its data center footprint from eight to three over the next year.

Jim Fowler, CIO General Electric

General Electric makes pretty much everything from light bulbs to million dollar MRI machines. There’s no simple way to encapsulate its business, let alone its IT, but CIO Jim Fowler understands that infrastructure as a service is the future. “We intend to move over 60 percent of our global workload to AWS,” he told attendees at the AWS re:Invent conference in 2015. And he’s getting there. GE is currently on track to consolidate its 34 data centers into just four by 2018.

Take a deeper dive into each company’s transformation in the CIO’s IT Transformation Survival Guide. Then give us a call. Rackspace has teams of specialists that can guide you through your very own personalized transformation path.

With almost two decades of experience, we know the journey is different for each organization. Maybe it involves re-engineering software architecture or changing the way hardware is procured. Maybe it involves taking a new look at how you process and store data. Maybe it involves throwing out all the old ways of doing things and creating something completely new.

Together, we can tackle it holistically: people, processes, technology. We know that no piece can happen in a vacuum, and no company can compete when it’s missing any key component. That’s the only way to take IT from being reactive to proactive, from being a center of cost to a center of innovation, strategy and agility.

We think seeing the complete picture is the only way to move forward.

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Ryan Neading leads the Rackspace Information Technology team as Chief Information Officer, steering the decisions that shape the company’s information technology strategies and policies. Ryan recognizes his role as much more than that of the traditional CIO of the past. As an enterprise change agent and business leader, Ryan sees himself and his IT team as key players in the work of business transformation. In today’s competitive business environment, he understands the importance of leveraging his ability to translate productivity insight into business savvy. He collaborates closely with Executive Leadership to break silos and seamlessly integrate technology, people, and process to successful business value and outcomes. Passionate about technology, Ryan joined Rackspace after more than a decade in various leadership roles at eBay Inc., including co-leading the eBay Inc. development site in Austin. At Rackspace, Ryan champions work-life balance, diversity, employee development and technical excellence through his involvement with employee resource groups for parents and women, Emerging Leaders and Advanced Leadership Programs, and the Technical Career Track Program. Ryan is an adventure junkie, a tireless CrossFitter, a backpacker and an inventor with three patents. His greatest adventure is his family – a wife, Amy and three kids, Jacob, Luke and Adam. He earned a degree in Organizational Communication from Pepperdine University.

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