What Does the Future of IT Look Like?

Guest Post by Diana Nolting , Marketing Content Strategist, Bluelock

If you want to know what the future of IT looks like, you don’t need a crystal ball. You just need to chat with Jeff Ton, CIO and SVP of Corporate Connectivity at Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana.

Just a few weeks ago Ton took what he called, “a seismic shift forward in the way technology is delivered for my organization.”

By following a three-step process to get his IT team out of the business of managing the daily details of infrastructure Ton was able to focus his team on business-impacting strategic initiatives that not only impacted revenue, but positioned his team as a true partner within the larger business.

That seismic shift wasn’t an overnight change. It was the culmination of five years of work determined to bring more pronounced value to the business with the IT team and transition an 80-year old business to 100% cloud-based. Ton led a strategic journey that began as many do, with transitioning some applications to a SaaS model, starting by getting out of the business of managing email servers and leveraging Google mail.

Step two on the journey was to implement Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) through managed cloud hosting and recovery provider Bluelock, whose RaaS solution includes Zerto-replication.


“2014 (plus the first 10 days of 2015) saw the completion three major steps on this journey,” explains Ton in his blog, Amplify Your Value — A Seismic Shift Forward.
“The year started with our implementation of Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS), modernizing our disaster recovery processes and providing a Recovery Time Objective (RTO) of under two hours and a Recovery Point Objective (RPO) of…get this…THIRTY SECONDS! (Insert legal disclaimer here “our experience may not match your actual results SLA’s do apply”). Too good to be true? We’ve done it!”

Ton continued his journey in late 2014 and early 2015 by migrating all of their production, test servers and data storage to Bluelock as well.

“What does our company gain from these efforts?” Ton asks. “In short, agility and elasticity.”

But, why read our words when you can read his story exactly as he experienced it in his words.

Read here for Ton’s full blog which details the benefits of managed cloud hosting, RaaS and shows you how your organization amplify their value to the business, too.

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