With the global economy seeing early signs of recovery, businesses are now looking at IT to create value and become more agile to create differentiation in a highly competitive marketplace.For IT organizations, this creates a real challenge. We are dealing with the perpetual necessity to cut costs whilst balancing the need to invest in emerging technologies and innovative ways to augment the IT value chain. It seems, however, there is a simple answer: ‘Software-Defined’ with ‘No Limits’!With VMworld Europe concluding today, you can expect a catalyst of momentum around how software is empowering IT to break down walls, demolish barriers and reveal the opportunities ahead.To celebrate and examine this concept in more detail, the Financial Times asked EMC and VMware to record a short video series on the key elements of how to drive business value through IT Transformation. Over the next few weeks we will release a total of five videos, each addressing an area to cover when considering a transformation. To follow the series, bookmark this blog!Chapter One – Drivers for IT Transformation In the first of this series of master-class videos, we explore how the convergence of cloud, big data and mobile technology is driving IT transformation across businesses.With traditional business models being disrupted by these new technologies, senior technologists from EMC and VMware discuss why, despite pressures from the business for IT organizations to cut operational costs and address the burden of legacy IT applications and infrastructure, changing business expectations in a recovering economy are creating a phenomenal opportunity for organizations to create first mover advantage – if IT can keep pace with the business.Coming soon:Chapter 2: Transforming Your Infrastructure and Delivering a Well Run Hybrid CloudChapter 3: Transforming the Operating Model and enabling the Software Defined EnterpriseChapter 4: Transforming Applications and preparing for the Third PlatformChapter 5: Partnering to Enable Successful Transformations
More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoJessica Rudd and husband Albert Tse bought this spacious two bedroom unit the year before they married. $1.9m for Brisbane home on tiny block They bought this home for just over $1m after returning from a five-year stint in China. Jessica Rudd and Albert Tse’s Chelmer home is an entertainer’s dream.The couple moved back to Brisbane in 2014 when they bought a $1.07m five bedroom home in Fairfield, before upgrading to a sprawling 1920s home in Chelmer that they paid $2.18m for three years ago. MORE: Is this Australia’s luckiest property? The couple had spent five years in Beijing where Ms Rudd became known as “a key opinion leader an important attribute in the world of eCommerce in China”, according to ECG executive chairman John Lau. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Jessica Rudd in Shanghai where she is considered a “key opinion leader” or social influencer.Since buying the unit, Ms Rudd and Mr Tse have gone on to make millions off their work in eCommerce and fund management respectively.Ms Rudd sold off 45 per cent of her successful Jessica’s Suitcase eCommerce retail business to Australian Stock Exchange listed tech firm eCargo (ECG) a year ago for stock. The China-based firm then announced it had bought the remaining 55 per cent of Jessica’s Suitcase three months ago. No figure was released but it was reported to be a deal involving $5m cash and stock. The view from their investment unit’s balcony is part of the charm. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Aussie castle with hydro plant firing on all cylinders Jessica Rudd in the front yard of her home in Chelmer, Brisbane, soon after she sold 45 per cent of her successful Jessica’s Suitcase business to an ASX-listed tech firm last year. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen/The Australian.Businesswoman Jessica Rudd — daughter of one of Queenslander’s richest women Therese Rein and former prime minister Kevin Rudd — is letting her own investments tick over.The rental property has sentimental value, having been bought for $332,000 by Ms Rudd and her investment fund manager husband Albert Tse the year before they married.The spacious 114sq m two bedroom unit is in Norman Park — close to where her parents lived at the time — and has come up for rental at $450 a week ($20 less than they were asking just two years ago).