Digital Transformation Using Cloud Foundry—What Works and What Doesn’t

by Alex KhizhniakMay 24, 2016
Around 1,500 were present as Renat Khasanshyn, CEO at Altoros and one of the newest Cloud Foundry Ambassadors, talked about what's needed for a successful digital transformation.

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Altoros CEO gave a lightning talk on the first day of Cloud Foundry Summit 2016. His presentation centered on the idea that adopting Cloud Foundry is only the beginning of true digital transformation.



Inevitable disruption

According to Renat, “being a software company doesn’t mean you are immune from disruption.” Companies are being disrupted by other companies and organizations that didn’t exist a couple of years ago.

“It is not a question of if, it is a question of when you are going to be disrupted.”
—Renat Khasanshyn, CEO, Altoros


“The disruption is multiplied by millions of developers building apps on a daily basis.”
—Renat Khasanshyn, CEO, Altoros

Renat notes that Cloud Foundry is a technology, and as such, it is also subject to disruption.


Busting the myths

Although digital transformation can help to avoid disruption, Renat outlined three industry myths related to this.

  • Reality check 1. Converting an enterprise into a software company is not enough for successful digital transformation.
  • Reality check 2. Faster application development cycles does not guarantee new revenue streams.
  • Reality check 3. Creating any number of “killer apps” generating revenue may not be a sustainable advantage.


Solidifying Cloud Foundry

According to Renat, adaptation is a key feature to survive disruption.

“We have a mission: to make Cloud Foundry the platform of choice.”
—Renat Khasanshyn, CEO, Altoros

Renat mentioned four points to enable Cloud Foundry to maintain its mission.


First, Renat called for incentivizing community contributions for industry-specific companies—e.g., creating PaaS solutions for genome analysis, etc.

Second, he mentioned the need to widen workload support (UDO, metering, embedded, etc.).


Third, Renat highlighted the need to standardize service broker interfaces for top 5–10 services in major industries. Fourth, he suggested becoming the de-facto standard for Smart Cities (i.e. IoT) and Industrial Internet.

“Why can we do all of that? As a community, we are very strong.”
—Renat Khasanshyn, CEO, Altoros


A training platform

To succeed in digital transformation, training in “disrupting” technologies is also very critical. So, Renat ended his presentation by revealing a new on-demand training platform for Cloud Foundry developers, operators, and DevOps. It is a cloud environment where companies starting digital transformation can play with Cloud Foundry deployments and learn cloud-native development first-hand. Anyone is welcome to apply for beta access.



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(Thanks to my colleague, Carlo Gutierrez, for contributing to this recap.)