The interview with Barbara Rovescala, by Apptio

One year after the launch of the recovery plan at European level, which led to the PNRR in Italy, 01net carries out an investigation, based on a series of interviews with the main companies operating in Italy in the ICT on their strategy for digitalisation of the

We talk with them about four key themes of digital transformation: resilience, cybersecurity, cloud, environmental and social sustainability and the answers allow you to build the ICT reality participation map for the country’s growth in the digital sense.

And there is one more theme, the fifth: in a spirit of consultation, we ask that Italian entrepreneurs be given an extra idea, capable of producing immediate value in terms of efficiency and competitiveness.

For Apptio has responded to us the Solutions Consultant, Barbara Rovescala

After Cop 26 it was understood that sustainability, both environmental and social, now affects not only all countries but also all companies. What is your strategy on these issues?

The topic of sustainability is at the top of our agenda, and while we are committed to helping our customers to use technology more sustainably, we are also acting to manage our impact on the environment. Apptio offers its customers full visibility and control over IT investments, helping them understand the value of technology compared to spending • capabilities that can have an interesting impact on sustainability, if we think about controlling the use of cloud technologies to reduce the • Some companies have already started using Apptio solutions as a tool to achieve their sustainability goals, an area on which we want to continue investing in the future. While we are witnessing long-term transformations that can be achieved to reduce the impact of cloud computing in a structural way, there are already actions that end users can take to change cloud implementation management and achieve an immediate effect. One of the main strengths of cloud technologies is flexibility, which allows users to start instances in the ways and times they need to do the task.

However, according to Apptio this ease of setting often implies that instances are left running for long periods of time, even when they are not in use, within the cloud computing framework. This has important economic consequences and can also have harmful effects on the environment. Although the environmental impact varies according to different factors, let’s think about the domestic environment: although we can leave some devices in standby, it is generally good to turn off the switch when you know that you will not use an appliance for a while. If companies turn their investments in the right direction to really exploit cloud flexibility and automatically shut down instances that are not in use, they can achieve significant savings, in energy and costs, and help reduce the environmental footprint.

The key component of digital transformation is the cloud. What are the choices that Italian companies will have to make in 2022?

In 2022, Italian companies are required to promote the growth and development of the cloud. A cloud-first strategy can bring value to business, create economic efficiency and allow dynamic scaling when demand is swinging. But without an adequate monitoring system, cloud costs risk going out of control, limiting an organisation’s ability to recognise the value that the cloud can offer.

According to Apptio, companies can avoid users and development teams accounting for their consumption with the cloud and can receive reliable information through monitoring, analysis and optimization related to its use. Without this level of vision, organizations consume cloud resources without control, with increasing costs and uncontrolled cloud proliferation.

A year after the Recovery Plan, where are we with the real transformation of the country: with what solutions, skills and services do you participate in the missions of the PNRR involving digital?

The funds of the PNNR represent an extraordinary opportunity for the economic fabric of our country to promote innovation: in the public sector to guarantee services to the citizen of the highest quality, efficiency and effectiveness, while in the private sector to support the development and competitiveness of small, medium and large Now that the emergency situation with the outbreak of the pandemic from Covid-19 seems to be over, companies start to focus on growth and in 2022, thanks also to European funds, will continue investments in new technologies, such as Cloud computing and Saa In this context, Apptio is committed to supporting companies in their digitalisation path, facilitating cloud migration processes and offering solutions that can track costs so as to avoid waste and optimise technological spending, ensuring long-term sustainability and growth in the future

ICT idea of 2022

If you were to offer a single investment (product, solution, methodology) to an Italian company, a choice that could produce an immediate benefit in terms of efficiency and competitiveness, what would your advice be about?

To achieve an important competitive advantage, an Italian company must fully embrace the agile transformation and rethink the way it manages its IT spending to provide rapid innovation to the market. During this transformation process, companies need to have a clear picture of investments in technology, for example whether they are on-premise or cloud, whether the development used is waterfall or agile. It is not enough to allow some teams to use agile methodologies; without real transformation, there is a risk of creating a gap between priority and investment. Apptio’s Technology Business Management is a useful tool to share knowledge between the technology, financial and business areas. By aligning IT and Finance with business objectives, a model of real-time investment prioritization is enabled that responds quickly to changing market conditions.

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