15. July 2019

Dear Readers – When hardware becomes software

Thomas Wüst, CEO ti&m

Digitalization stops at nothing, not even itself. From pure computing capacity to technology infrastructure to complete enter­prise services, these days everything is available via the net – now known as the cloud. And that means far more than the relocation of operational processes.

The computing power of the cloud is accessible and available to virtually everyone, giving it the potential to revolutionize all forms of competition. The cloud is not an option; the cloud is the way in which digital services are provided. To some extent today, and certainly in the near future. 

The cloud has the potential to throw overboard all conven­tional cost accounting. The provision of digital services does not 
entail high up‑front investment in hardware and infra­structure. The costs arise from operation – on demand and optimized to current needs (“from CAPEX to OPEX”). And providers are working with great intensity and delivering impressively on that potential. Even small users already have access to highly scalable and secure environments where they can realize innovations that were previously the province of large corpora-
tions with the right size budgets. 
But, as with everything in life, we still have some homework to do before the cloud can be adapted to bridge the gap between its potential and what it can deliver. There are many important legal and regulatory issues, particularly for banks, insurers and other holders of sensitive data. Where are the data stored, what legislation are they subject to, does storage and processing comply with data protection provisions, what happens when a cloud provider is taken over, who bears ultimate responsibility? 
Many lawyers will no doubt get rich off the back of these questions, but the issues are complicated rather than complex – and hence resolvable. 

A further aspect is the software architecture of both new and existing solutions. Cloud solutions rely on fine‑grained services that are operated and orchestrated across many containers. First we have to master these new technologies; the migration of monolithic legacy applications is then the next challenge. 

And then there’s the issue that the “cloud” doesn’t always mean the same thing. Each provider integrates its own solutions into its technology stack, so what happens when you want to switch providers? How can I avoid vendor lock‑in, and what restrictions will I encounter if I want to take a multi‑cloud approach, 
for example?

The cloud will become part of 
the mainstream because the advantages of cloud‑based services are irresistible.

None of these issues will prevent the cloud from triumphing. The cloud will become part of the mainstream because the 
advantages of cloud‑based services are irresistible. And you can always call in an expert to help complete your homework. Our portfolio here at ti&m has a strong focus on the cloud. As a partner of the major cloud providers, we provide support across 
the full spectrum of areas, from training through development of the optimal cloud strategy for your business to implementation of the latest cloud‑based applications. The ti&m swiss banking cloud addresses all your needs for a highly secure, compliant and local solution. And last but not least, all our products are not just cloud‑ready; our ti&m channel suite open service middle-
ware also provides the ideal backbone for cloud‑based enter-
prise services. 
This ti&m special features contributions from leading specialists and innovation leaders, who examine the cloud from a variety of expert perspectives. I hope you enjoy reading it and look forward to some stimulating discussions. 

We’re ready for the cloud. 
Are you?

Thomas Wüst
Thomas Wüst

Thomas Wüst hat Informatik an der ETH in Zürich studiert und ist seit über 30 Jahren in den Bereichen IT-Consulting und Software Engineering tätig. Anfang 2005 gründete er die ti&m AG und leitet seither das Unternehmen als CEO und Hauptaktionär. Ausserdem ist er Präsident des Verwaltungsrates der ti&m.

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